In the wake of the white-supremacist terrorism of August 11-13, we wish to highlight and paraphrase some of the comments of Ian Baucom, Dean of Arts and Sciences:
Be assured that the Art Department remains a space where all can pursue the dialogue that counters the lies of racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, and nativism.
We are prepared to stand up for and support those who have been singled out as targets for hatred. The courage of free thought opposing cowardice and bigotry endures and persists here despite violence.


Route 36

by William Wylie

Publisher's Description
"It is impossible to put into words how an artist finds and conveys meaning in apparently empty fields, on small-town streets, next to humble buildings . . . but I can affirm that Mr. Wylie is able to help us see these mysteries as significant and even redeeming."
—Robert Adams

This documentary series of fifty-four photographs follows Route 36 across the Kansas prairie, capturing the region's strong light and registering detailed textures within its vast spaces. Cottonwood trees, twisted by wind, break up the expanses, conveying a sense of scale and vertical life. Typically, the images move between the dry, rolling landscape and stark, vertical structures. Buildings often present blank faces, abandoned without names or signage, former uses unspecified. They sometimes appear as depthless surfaces against the deep expanse of prairie. Moving through the collection, we come to recognize this tension-between obsolescence and natural beauty-as characteristic of the region and its moment in history.

In his foreword to the book, the poet and essayist Merrill Gilfillan comments, 'It seems continually necessary to reassert that landscape study and its reflective arts are anything but passive disciplines, that civilization in a sustaining, daily sense emerges most surely from good relations with one's surroundings (the perfect word) and the inner landscape of possibility held in the head and heart. Bill Wylie's recent 36 crossings-with-camera remint all of this: the region's great capacity for inflection, double take, and surprise. The humble aplomb of things-in-waiting: a preposterous barn, crooked old trees half crazy with neglect. And the benignity of a deftly cast eye.'

Publisher: Flood Editions
Paperback : 104 pages
Language: English


by William Wylie

Publisher's Description
The legendary Cava di Gioia quarry in Carrara, Italy, was the source of the luminous white marble used by Michelangelo, Bernini, Henry Moore, and other renowned sculptors. Carrara, a volume of stunning photographs by William Wylie, reveals that the beauty of the quarry itself can be as alluring as the sculptures carved from its stone.

Wylie is one of the few photographers to document Cava di Gioia since Ilario Besi, early in the twentieth century. For six years, Wylie photographed the changing landscape of the quarry, and his images capture the intense physical scale of the site, the dramatic setting, and the character of the stonecutters, or cavatori, who have worked the quarry for generations. Wylie’s astonishing photographs present a remarkable panorama carved by more than twenty centuries of excavation. As well, his images of the stonecutters are sensitive portraits of men shaped by their occupation, toughened and enlivened by their work.

The photographs of Carrara bring to life the hitherto unseen beauty of a land better known for its resources than its distinctive beauty.

Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Hardcover Language: English


by William Wylie

Publisher's Description
'When the air is still, then so is the surface of the river. Then it holds a perfectly silent image of the world that seems not to exist in this world. Where, I have asked myself, is this reflection?'
—Wendell Berry

Is it possible that, like fingerprints, no two water surfaces are the same? With their swirls and ripples and concentric circles they possess an intricate beauty that is truly individual. And when a surface remains eerily undisturbed, it becomes a mirror, taking on the identity of whatever is close by. William Wylie's gorgeous black and white photographs capture every watery nuance and are here perfectly complemented by Merrill Gilfillan's beautiful introduction and an equally poetic afterword by Wendell Berry.

Publisher: Nazraeli Pr
Paperback: 48 pages
Language: English

Riverwalk: Explorations Along the Cache Las Poudre River

by William Wylie

Publisher's Description
Falling within the great tradition of the photographic exploration of the American West, Wylie's images were made along 150 miles of the Cache la Poudre River in Colorado. His work is based on the joy of photographing in the natural world, but never shies away from also portraying man's encroachment upon that world; this awareness of one's surroundings calls to mind the work of such greats as Klett and Misrach.

Publisher: University Press of Colorado
Paperback: 72 pages
Language: English