William Wegman, American (1943 - )

William Wegman

Study of Painting (MFA) University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
National Endowment for the Arts (Photography)
Creative Arts Public Service
Guggenheim Fellowship
Born Holyoke, MA
Study of Painting (BFA) Massachusettes College of Art, Boston, MA
Guggenheim Fellowship

William Wegman was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 1943. As a young boy Wegman was always fascinated with art. One year he received a Polaroid camera for his birthday which began his fascination with photography. He graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, in 1965 with a BFA in painting, then enrolled in the Masters painting and printmaking program at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, receiving a Masters of Fine Arts degree in 1967.

After teaching at various universities, Wegman found that his interests in areas beyond painting led him to photography and video. In 1970, while living in Long Beach, California, Wegman got his first Weimaraner. Naming this dog, Man Ray, Wegman made him the main figure in his videos and most enduring photographs for the next 12 years, even including a "Man of the Year" award from the New York City newspaper the Village Voice. 1970 was also the year Wegman made his first video, "Spit Screen".

In 1972, Wegman and Man Ray moved to New York. In 1986, a new dog, Fay Ray, came into Wegman's life, and with Fay Ray another famous collaboration began, marked by Wegman's use of the Polaroid 20 x 24 camera. With the birth of Fay's litter in 1989 and her daughter's litter in 1995, Wegman's cast grew.

Wegman has received numerous awards and grants from some of the most prestigious art institutions of the country. He has also had his works exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., The Whitney Museum of Art in New York, F.R.A.C. Limousine in France, and The Museum of Natural Art in New York.

His most recent exhibitions have gone to Japan, Sweden, and the Orange County Museum of Art in California. Recently he has turned in film and video works for the cable channel Nickelodeon, as well as the television show Saturday Night Live. Wegman also has regularly created work for Sesame Street on PBS.

His most recent film 1996's "The Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold" was screened for the first time at that year's Sundance Film Festival. The film starred his dogs, of course, including the newest addition to the family, Chip. Wegman's most recent video, "Mother Goose" was presented in 1998. His other works include the books, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, ABC, 123, Circle Triangle Square, Farm Days and Mother Goose (all Hyperion), and the videos Alphabet Soup, Fay's Twelve Days of Christmas.

Exhibitions
2003 William Wegman, Paintings, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA
2002 William Wegman, Roman Zenner, Stuttgart, Germany
2001 William Wegman, Patrick De Brock Gallery, Belgium
2000 William Wegman, The Art of Narrative, Pillsbury and Peters Fine Art Dallas, TX
2000 William Wegman: Drawing, Video, Painting, The MAC Dallas, TX
1999 Fashion Photographs. William Wegman, Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham (travelling exhibition)
1999 Attention, Art: Concept, Paris, France
1998 Wild Things - Artist Views of the Animal World, John Berggruen Gallery San Francisco, CA
1998 Wild Things - Artist Views of the Animal World, John Berggruen Gallery San Francisco, CA
1998 William Wegman, Center for Contemporary Art Malmö, Sweden
1997 Polaroids and Other Photographs, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer Düsseldorf, Germany
1997 Finders / Keepers, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
1997 William Wegman. Dessins/Drawings: 1973-1997, F.R.A.C. Limousin Limoges, France
1996 Picture This, University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
1996 William Wegman: Fay's Fairy Tales, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montreal Montreal, Canada
1996 The Art Embodied, Musée de Marseilles Marseilles, France
1995 William Wegman: Photographs, Aspen Art Museum Aspen
1995 Photographs, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer Düsseldorf, Germany
1995 International Museum of Photography Rochester, NY
1994 Museo de Monterrey Mexico
1994 Animal Farm, James Corcoran Gallery Santa Monica, CA
1993 William Wegman's Cinderella, Museum of Modern Art New York
1993 Baltimore Museum of Art Baltimore (traveled)
1992 The Contemporary Museum Honolulu
1992 Whitney Museum of American New York
1992 William Wegman, Greg Colson, Gui, Sperone Westwater New York
1991 L'oeuvre photographique, F.R.A.C. Limousin Limoges, France
1990 William Wegman: Paintings, Drawings, Photographs, Videotapes, Kunstmuseum Luzern Switzerland (travelling exhibition)
1990 William Wegman: Paintings, Drawings, Photographs, Videotapes, Pace/MacGill New York
1990 Holly Solomon Gallery New York
Word as Image: American Art 1960-1990, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
1990 Photography Until Now, The Museum of Modern Art New York, NY
1989 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art New York, NY
1989 Contemporary Art from New York (THe Collection of the Chase Manhattan Bank), Yokohama Museum of Art Japan
1989 Photography Now, Victoria and Albert Museum London, England
1989 William Wegman: Peintures, Dessins, Polaroids, Photo Retouches, Galerie Durand-Dessert Paris, France
1988 Man Ray Commemorative Prints, Solo Gallery New York
1988 William Wegman:Fashion Photographs, Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL
1988 Fabrications: Staged, Altered and Appropriated Photographs, Carpenter Center for the Arts, Harvard University Cambridge, MA
1988 William Wegman: Polaroids & Videos, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art San Francisco
1987 Early Concepts of the Last Decade, Holly Solomon Gallery New York
1987 Poetic Ingury: The Surrealis Legacy in Post Modern Photography, The Alternative Museum New York
1987 Works by William Wegman, Honolulu Academy of Arts Honolulu, HI
1987 Legacy of Light, International Center of Photography Center
1986 Wegman Paints!, Holly Solomon Gallery New York
1986 Photography As Perfomance: Message through Object and Picture, The Photographer's Gallery London, England
1985
Instant Miami, Lowe Museum of Art Miami, FL
1984
The Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Univ. of Regina Canada
1984 Visions of Childhood: A Contemporary Iconography, Whitney Museum of American Art New York
1983 Walker Center Minneapolis
1983 Local Boy Makes Good, Fine Arts Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA
1983 Images Fabriques, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, France
1982 Venice Biennale (catalog) Venice, Italy
Wegman's World, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Visions in Disbelief: The 4th Biennial of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
1978 Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
1973 Los Angeles County Museum of Art Los Angeles
1971 Los Angeles County Museum of Art Los Angeles


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