Artists Including Me: William Wegman

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Artists Including Me: William Wegman, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2015.
Artists Including Me: William Wegman, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2015.

Artists Including Me: Artist Talk by William Wegman at Krannert Art Museum - March 5, 2015

Artist William Wegman is best known for his photographs of Weimaraners, but his work also includes painting, drawing, and video art. Wegman received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois in 1967, and he returned to campus on March 5, 2015 to talk about his body of work and the exhibition "Artists Including Me: William Wegman."

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Artists Including Me: William Wegman, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2015.
Artists Including Me: William Wegman, installation at Krannert Art Museum, 2015.

Exhibition

On view
Jan 30, 2015 to Jul 25, 2015
Main Level, Contemporary Gallery

Originally a painter, contemporary artist William Wegman became well known for photographs of his Weimaraners. Categorized as a minimalist and conceptual artist, his works often times suggest a surrealist absurdity. Throughout his career, Wegman experimented with different media--video, photography, drawing, and painting--and over the years these four types of media have converged.

Using gentle, subversive humor, Wegman parades through the history of art with references to iconic artists—Leonardo da Vinci, Edward Hopper, and Wassily Kandinsky—and art movements—from the Renaissance up through Minimalism and Pop Art. These playful visual puns often explore Wegman’s appreciation and admiration for the work of art itself, but they also invite the viewer to question what lies beyond the edge of the frame. Although most of the works have been created within the last ten years, the exhibition spans back to the mid-1970s and includes drawings, photographs, and postcard paintings mounted on wood panels.

Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 1943, Wegman received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston in 1965 and an MFA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1967.

 

Co-curators: Kathleen Harleman and Kathryn Koca Polite

 

Sponsored in part by the Krannert Art Museum Exhibition Support Fund

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