18 May William Greiner’s Latest Greatest Hits
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Artspace111 is proud to include paintings and prints from artist William Greiner in the current Artspace111 group exhibition GREATEST HITS, which showcases work from past and present catalogues of the Artspace111 artists and guest artists. The exhibition is on display from Thursday, May 12, 2016 to June 18, 2016.
William's early career focused mainly on photography, initially working as a sports photographer and capturing events from the NFL to the Tour de France for a multitude of publications. After a few years in the journalism industry, Greiner returned to college and found inspiration in fine art photography. In his interview with Michael Warner from Two Way Lens, Greiner gives insight into his enlightenment to photography as an elevated artistic medium. "While there, I befriended two kids from Memphis, TN. One of these kids one day shows up in my dorm room with a copy of William Eggleston's Guide book. It turns out her dad was one of Bill's benefactors, helping to fund his career. I looked at this book and although I could not completely grasp its complexity or originality, I realized photography had the potential to be very personal and it did not have to function as journalism or "news". On Spring break, we traveled to Memphis and I had a chance to spend time with Eggleston. This encounter was like a fork in the road and I pretty much abandoned photography as journalism. I know this is a long answer but its my answer! Photography for me now is an obsession, it is how I look at and react to the world." Read the full article here.
From that time, William Greiner's career has seen many successes, including the acquisition of his collection The Reposed by The Museum of Modern Art (New York), many print publications of photographic series, and the addition of his images into the J. Paul Getty Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
While a diverse exploration of mediums has always been a cornerstone of William's career, his recent works explore collage, paint, and printmaking. A recent transplant from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Fort Worth, William Greiner's work on display at Artspace111 expresses a sense of self and nostalgia through the places we inhabit. The bright colors in both his prints and paintings are a joyous expression concerning the connection between eras, communities, and their populations. Visit Artspace111 before June 18th to see work from William Greiner's latest series.
WILLIAM K. GREINER is a New Orleans native, now based in Fort Worth, TX. Greiner is an artist working in photography, paint/collage, film and written word. He received a BFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston in 1982. William Greiner has exhibited work at venues which range from the Louisiana Arts & Science Museum in Baton Rouge to the Center of Photography in Bombay, India. Greiners’ work can be found in over sixty permanent museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C, the J. Paul Getty Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in California. Publications include A NEW LIFE: Stories and Photographs from the Suburban South, work about living in the South, was published in the W.W. Norton. Louisiana State University Press published a monograph of his work, The Reposed in October 1999. Most recently publications include Visualizing the Blues, Blues Foundation/Dixon Gallery 2001 and The Story of the South: 1890-2003, Ogden Museum of Southern Art/Scala Publishers, (September 2003), and Baton Rouge Blues, University of Alabama - Birmingham (2006). FALLEN PARADISE (New Orleans 1995-2005), was published as a limited edition artist book in 2008. Greiner's most recent work, Land's End, was exhibited at the New Orleans Museum of Art, April 10 – July 11, 2010 accompanied by a self-published limited edition book of the same title in 2010. The Morris Museum in Augusta, GA will exhibit his most recent body of work in August, 2014.