Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1936, William Christenberry attended the University of Alabama, where he received BA and MFA degrees in painting in 1958 and 1959 respectively. Following his graduation, he moved to New York City in 1961, holding a series of odd jobs until a conversation with Walker Evans (1903-1975) at Time-Life inspired him to begin photographing his regional home.
Since his first solo show in 1961, Christenberry’s work has been the subject of exhibitions domestic and international; he has also received numerous awards including the Lyndhurst Foundation Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from his alma mater. His work can be found in the permanent collections of numerous institutions including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. His estate is represented by Pace MacGill Gallery whom, along with Lauren Panzo, we thank for their generous contribution to this exhibition.
Beverly Buchanan and William Christenberry: The Streaming Light Through All Your Shacks' Cracks, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
Multi Panel, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY
Into the Light, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
William Christenberry: Southern Dialogue, FEROZ Galerie, Bonn, Germany
William Christenberry, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
William Christenberry: Assembled Memory, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.
William Christenberry, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
William Christenberry: Vintage Kodak Brownies, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.
William Christenberry: House and Car, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY
William Christenberry: Photographs, 1961-2005, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Salem, NC
Christenberry, William. William Christenberry: Working From Memory. Gottingen, Germany: Steidl.
Grundberg, Andy. William Christenberry. New York: Aperture, 2006.
Christenberry, William. William Christenberry: Works on Paper. Portland, OR: Nazraeli Press.
Gruber, Richard. William Christenberry: Art and Family. New Orleans, LA: UNO Press, 2004.
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Menil Collection, Houston, TX
Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Smith College Museum of Art, Amherst, MA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT