Artists > Christenberry, William
William Christenberry was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 1932. He worked in painting, photography, sculpture, and drawing. He was Professor Emeritus of the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington D.C. (1968-2009). Christenberry was inspired by the work of photographer Walker Evans, with whom he had a lifelong friendship, and his interest in the themes and traditions of the rural American South translate into simple yet monumental iconography. On both formal and conceptual levels, Christenberry’s work focuses on the prolonged study of a place, and in the process of documenting the evolution of a building and its surroundings over time, he provides a chronicle of the structure’s evolving identity. His work not only captures the essence of a particular region’s heritage, but it is also a meditation on the universal experience of stasis and change. Christenberry’s work is in major permanent collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the MetropolitanMuseum of Art, the International Center for Photography, the Whitney Museum of Art in New York; the George Eastman House, Rochester; the Menil Collection, Houston; the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; J. Paul Getty Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne. Christenberry lived and worked in Washington D.C. until his death on November 28 in 2016.