Short History of Decay
Sculpture b y James Welty
5-August 8, 2004
Friday, June 4
Talk by James Welty, 5:00
inspiration from the writer E.M. Cioran, whose aphoristic
essays include the phrase "a short history of decay,"
sculptor James Welty has created a dynamic and intriguing
body of work that explores the interconnections between
nature, civilization, and human creativity. The exhibition
features ten major sculptures, many completed in 2003, including
a 45-foot horizontal wall-mounted work related to the Hell,
or Ghost, Scrolls of twelfth century Japan, An illustrated
catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
Charlottesville resident, Welty received his B.F.A. from
Rochester Institute of Technology, following studies at
the Rustin School of Drawing in Oxford, England, and the
Chicago Art Institute. He has worked as a lithography instructor
at Evanston Art Center and a master printer and collaborator
to Frank Stella. His prints and sculpture have been shown
internationally, including the Museum's 2000 Hindsite-Fore-Site:
Art for the New Millennium exhibition.