William Wegman: Writing by Artist
The long-awaited compendium of Wegman’s hilarious, ingenious writings and language-centric art, from the early 1970s to the present.
While he’s famous the world over for his instantly recognizable images of Weimaraner dogs, William Wegman has long been one of Conceptual art’s true innovators. Filled with previously unknown and wildly entertaining texts, drawings and early photos, Writing by Artist is the first collection to focus on Wegman’s longstanding and deeply funny relationship to language.
This career-spanning edition presents a thematically organized selection of rediscovered writings dating back to the 1970s and 1980s, alongside landmark early photographs and hilarious drawings from throughout his career. All of the works brilliantly incorporate words in one form or another, altering logic and pushing the boundaries of what artist writing can be. Writing by Artist serves as a genuine epiphany for those only familiar with his later work, and a welcome reminder of his madcap inventiveness for the already enlightened. What you do or don’t know about William Wegman now conveniently fits into this strangely beguiling book.
William Wegman was born in 1943, in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He received a BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, in 1965 and an MFA in painting from the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana, in 1967. By the early ’70s, Wegman’s work was being exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. In addition to solo shows with Sonnabend Gallery in Paris and New York, Situation Gallery in London and Konrad Fisher Gallery in Düsseldorf, his work was included in such seminal exhibitions as When Attitudes Become Form and Documenta V, and was regularly featured in Interfunktionen, Artforum and Avalanche magazines. Wegman has created film and video works for Saturday Night Live and Nickelodeon, and his video segments for Sesame Street have appeared regularly since 1989. In 1995, Wegman’s film The Hardly Boys was screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Wegman has appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and with Jay Leno, The David Letterman Show and The Colbert Report.
虽然他因其一眼就能认出的威玛犬图像而闻名于世，但William Wegman一直是概念艺术的真正创新者之一。《Writing by Artist》充满了以前未知的和疯狂的娱乐性的文本、图画和早期照片，是第一本专注于韦格曼长期以来与语言的深刻有趣关系的作品集。
这个跨越职业生涯的版本展示了按主题组织的重新发现的可追溯到20世纪70年代和80年代的写作，以及他整个职业生涯中具有里程碑意义的早期照片和搞笑的绘画。所有的作品都以这样或那样的形式出色地融入了文字，改变了逻辑，推动了艺术家写作的界限。对于那些只熟悉他后期作品的人来说，《Writing by Artist》是一个真正的顿悟，而对于那些已经开窍的人来说，则是对他疯狂的创造力的欢迎提醒。你对威廉-韦格曼的了解或不了解，现在都可以方便地融入这本奇怪的诱人的书中。
William Wegman于1943年出生于马萨诸塞州的霍利奥克。他于1965年获得波士顿马萨诸塞州艺术学院的绘画学士学位，1967年获得伊利诺伊大学香槟-乌尔巴纳分校的绘画硕士学位。到70年代初，韦格曼的作品在国际博物馆和画廊展出。除了在巴黎和纽约的Sonnabend画廊、伦敦的Situation画廊和杜塞尔多夫的Konrad Fisher画廊举办个展外，他的作品还被纳入了《当态度成为形式》和第五届文献展等开创性的展览，并经常被Interfunktionen、Artforum和Avalanche杂志报道。韦格曼为《周六夜现场》和Nickelodeon创作了电影和视频作品，自1989年以来，他为《芝麻街》创作的视频片段定期出现。1995年，韦格曼的电影《难兄难弟》在圣丹斯电影节上放映。韦格曼曾出现在《约翰尼-卡森的今夜秀》和《杰-雷诺》、《大卫-莱特曼秀》和《科尔伯特报告》中。