September 8, 1957 |
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
|Known for||Photography and Painting|
Greiner began his career as a sports photographer, first working in the National Football League (NFL), at the age of 19, from 1977-1979. He also covered the 1981 and 1982 Tour de France for Bicycling magazine, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. Greiner abandoned sports journalism to return to college, earning an A.A. from Bradford College, a B.F.A. from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Art and an M.B.A. from Suffolk University. During this period, Greiner was introduced to the work of artist/color photographer, William Eggleston.
"Well obviously (Wm.) Eggleston as I mentioned, but certainly Clarence John Laughlin, a great New Orleans photographer who has somewhat been overlooked by bigger names.Bill Owens, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, too many… I love Milton Avery's work, its flatness and its condensing of the subject to just the necessary elements and details. I also appreciate Edward Hopper for the emotional impact of his scenes. Ralston Crawford is an artist I really admire; because he worked so effectively as a painter, print maker and photographer. His images of New Orleans jazz funerals are really incredible." (Blog interview Ratsalad Deluxe 2005)
Work and Publications
Greiner's first body of color work, The Reposed, was acquired for the Museum of Modern Art (New York City) permanent collection, by photography curator John Szarkowski in 1991. The MOMA acquired work was exhibited in a recent acquisitions show at the museum, two years later, in 1993. This work was also published as a monograph by LSU Press in 1999, by the same title. National Public Radio (NPR) Morning Edition, in April 2000, featured an interview with Greiner, conducted by NPR affiliate station KERA, reporter Bill Zeeble.
Other publications include A New Life: Stories and Photographs from the Suburban South, work about living in the South, was published by W.W. Norton & Company; Visualizing the Blues Blues Foundation / Dixon Gallery and Gardens (2001); and The Story of the South: 1890-2003, Ogden Museum of Southern Art/Scala Publishers, (2003); and Baton Rouge Blues, University of Alabama at Birmingham (2006). Fallen Paradise (New Orleans 1995-2005), and Land's End (Baton Rouge 2007-2010) were published as a limited edition artist books in 2008 and 2010 respectively.
Also published in 2010 and including Greiner's work along with Alex Harris, Edward Burtynsky and Will Steacy amongst others, was the title Migration: Lost and Found in America. This was chosen as one of the Top Ten Books of the Year by American Photo.
In 2012, KnowLA an encyclopedia of Louisiana culture, history and community.  was published , which included a full biography page about Greiner and his work, written and edited by John H. Lawrence.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press (UL Press) published the title "Show & Tell" in the Fall of 2013, a compilation of Greiner's photographs accompanied with short stories by Eric Aronin, Brett Battles, James Scott Bell, Carla Buckley, Joshua Clark, Julie Compton, Colin Costello, Sarah Crawford, Jordan Dane, Linda L. Dunlap, Ken Foster, John Gilstrap, Joe Hartlaub, Fauve Yandel Holigan, Lindsay Holst, Andrew Jasperson, Mari Kornhauser, Pat McGuinness, John Ramsey Miller, Joe Moore, Pat Piper, Renee Rosen, Shanteka Sigers (Shateka Steele), Lloyd Stein, Pam Thomas, John Kenny, Jeff Roedel, and Jenny Milchman.
Greiner had his first painting/collage work, "Where I've Been , New Orleans 2014", published in the catalog REPARATION (the Luciano Benetton Collection) edited and curated by Diego Cortez in 2014. The work was exhibited at the New Orleans Museum of Art, before being sent to Italy and the Benetton Collection.
Greiner was awarded a Louisiana Endowment for the Arts (LEA) Fellowship in 2004.
Permanent collections and exhibitions
Greiners' photographs can be found in over sixty permanent museum collections, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans; The Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts; Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois; plus the J. Paul Getty Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in California.
William Eggleston and the Color Tradition, an exhibition exploring the art of American color photography over the last 30 years, was on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from October 26, 1999 through January 30, 2000. The exhibition included work by: Greiner along with Adam Bartos, Virginia Beahan and Laura McPhee, John Divola, Jim Dow, Mitch Epstein, Rhea Garen, Alex Harris, David Husom, Stephen Johnson, William Larson, and Joel Sternfeld.
In 2003, Greiner's work was selected to be part of 'Wait Until Dark' along with Lewis Baltz, Todd Hido, David Levinthal, Thomas Tulis, Michael Kenna, O. Winston Link, Richard Misrach, George Tice and Henry Wessel, Jr. The exhibition took place at The Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Klompching Gallery in New York, New York, held Greiners' first commercial solo exhibition in the New York market in 2008.
Greiner participated in the group exhibition, 'Economy of Scale', at Hemphill Fine Arts in Washington, D.C., in 2009. The exhibition also included work by William Christenberry, Robert Frank, Sebastiao Salgado and David Byrne.
The Morris Museum of Art held the exhibition 'Local Color: Photography in the South', between December 2011 and January 2012, which included work by Greiner, Birney Imes, William Eggleston, Dave Anderson and William Christenberry.
Solo exhibitions of his work were held at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum in 2008 and the New Orleans Museum of Art in 2010. The Louisiana State University Glassell Gallery, in Baton Rouge, held a solo exhibition of Greiner's work, in Fall 2013. PDNB Gallery in Dallas, TX mounted the solo exhibition "Leaving Love Field", an exploration of a motorcade route to history, from November to December, 2013.
Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery also mounted the group exhibition, "William Eggleston: His Circle & Beyond  the Fall of 2013. This exhibition along with Greiner, included work by Birney Imes, William Christenberry and Peter Brown, amongst others.
The Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, GA exhibited the series "OH AUGUSTA" in a solo exhibition - 2014. Montgomery based gallery, Triumph & Disaster, mounted a group exhibition of work by Greiner, William Christenberry, Birney Imes and William Eggleston in 2014.
In 2015, Greiner participated in group exhibitions at Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans Museum of Art and David Lusk Gallery in Memphis, TN. The solo exhibition of photographs and silk screen prints, "AUTOMATIC" was held at STUDIO 65A in London , UK, May- June, 2015.
The Historic New Orleans Collection acquired the collage/painting, "Seeing New Orleans" in 2015. The first non-photographic work by the artist to be acquired by an institutional collection.
In 2016, Greiner had work included in group exhibitions at The Do Good Fund (a non-profit organization promoting Southern photography) in Athens, GA, Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery in Dallas, TX , Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Art Space 111  (both in Fort Worth TX). and The Louisiana Arts and Science Museum in Baton Rouge, La.
The collage/painting titled “Not Sherman’s March, GA 2014”, was purchased by the Morris Museum of Art in January 2017. “NEAR & FAR”, a project including photographs, collage, painting and sculpture was exhibited in a dual exhibition with Nancy Lamb in Fort Worth, TX at Artspace 111, December 2016-February, 2017. Harry Ransom Center acquired the photograph “Where Mary Moorman Stood, 2013”, this work was part of a large collection of photographs and collages tilted “Leaving Love Field”.
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- Official William Greiner web site
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- William Greiner bio at the J. Paul Getty Museum
- Luminous-Lint data/biography/images
- William Greiner work in Smithsonian American Art Museum Permanent Collection
- April 12, 2000 NPR interview
- Gambit Article
- Morris Museum of Art blog reference
- Auction record via Artnet.com
- Two Way Lens magazine interview
- Amazon.com books
- J. Paul Getty Museum exhibition press release