William Christenberry's work presents a stirring vision of his native South. His paintings, drawings, sculpture, and photography capture the region around Hale County, Alabama, the region memorialized by James Agee and Walker Evans in the classic Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. In 1998, Christenberry and the writer Anna Sloan revisited the region and commenced production of Adam's House in the Black Belt, a limited edition artist's book printed and published by Landfall Press, and designed by Bob Feie. In this unique collaboration, words and images interact in multiple ways, evoking both the regional landscape and the nature of memory itself. Now completed, the hardbound book contains a total of thirty images, including original hand-printed lithographs, photogravures, and iris prints.
William Christenberry was born in 1936 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He attended The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, where he received his BFA and MFA. Solo exhibitions include a retrospective of his early works organized by the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia, and a traveling retrospective organized by the University of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography, with an accompanying publication, Christenberry: Reconstruction. Adam's House in the Black Belt is the artist's first edition with Landfall Press.
Adam's House in the Black Belt (cover)
20" x 16"
signature bound book containing
iris prints, lithographs and photogravures
regular edition of 50: $7,500
deluxe edition of 25 : $10,000