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Vanity, 1994

Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 1943, William Wegman received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston and an MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His work has been exhibited extensively in both the United States and abroad, including solo exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1982); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1988); Whitney Museum of American Art (1992); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2001); and The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2002). The retrospective “William Wegman: Funney/Strange” was held at the Brooklyn Museum, and traveled to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach; the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover; and Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2006-07). The Bowdoin College Museum of Art presented “William Wegman: Hello Nature,” a major survey of over 100 nature-related works by the artist in various media (2012), which traveled to Artipelag, Värmdö, Stockholm, Sweden (2013). “William Wegman: Improved Photographs,” a survey exhibition, was held at the Jepson Center, Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA (2017). In 2018, the Metropolitan Museum of Art organized “Before/On/After: William Wegman and California Conceptualism,” an exhibition of the early 70s work of Wegman and his fellow Los Angeles artists. “William Wegman: Being Human,” an international touring exhibition of his large-format Polaroids, traveled to venues including Palais de L’Archevêché, Arles; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand; MASI, Lugano; and Photomuseum den Haag, The Hague (2018-21). Wegman’s work is in many important public collections including Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Wegman had a solo show at 121 Greene Street, an alternative space in SoHo, in 1990 and solo exhibitions at Sperone Westwater in 1992, 2003, 2006, 2012, 2016, and 2017.

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William Wegman
Blonde on Browne, 1991
color Polaroid
24 x 20 inches (61 x 51 cm)
35 x 26 1/2 inches (89 x 67 cm) frame
SW 17202

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portrait of a Weimaraner dressed with a hat, daisies, fruit, vegetables and droopy eye spring glasses

William Wegman
Stuff, 1994
color Polaroid
24 x 20 inches (61 x 50,8 cm)
35 x 26 1/2 inches (89 x 67 cm) frame
SW 12367

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William Wegman
Skyward, 1997
color Polaroid
24 x 20 inches (61 x 50,8 cm)
34 1/2 x 29 3/8 x 1 1/2 inches (88,1x 74,5 x 3,8 cm) frame
SW 12331

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William Wegman
The Hood in Red, 2005
color Polaroid
35 1/2 x 27 3/8 inches (90,2 x 69,5 cm)
SW 07156
Private Collection

two panel photograph with a white house in the background and two Weimaraner dogs sitting in the foreground

William Wegman
Lawn Sculpture, 1997
color polaroid
two panels; 24 x 20 inches (60,9 x 50,8 cm) each
SW 12448a-b
Private Collection

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William Wegman
Twisted Hope, 2001
color Polaroid
24 x 20 inches (61 x 51 cm)
35 x 26 1/2 inches (89 x 67 cm) frame
SW 17198

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William Wegman
Nosey, 1972
gelatin silver print
10 3/8 x 11 5/8 inches (26,3 x 29,5 cm)
14 3/4 x 15 7/8 inches (37,5 x 40,3 cm) frame
SW 19181

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William Wegman
How They are Toward Newspapers, 1973
gelatin silver print, unique
10 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches (26 x 27 cm)
SW 13332

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William Wegman
Blondes/Brunettes, 1972
gelatin silver prints
thirty-two prints; 10 x 8 inches (25,4 x 20,3 cm) each
47 x 78 inches (119,4 x 198,1 cm) overall as installed
SW 13334
Private Collection

William Wegman
Terry, Lynn/ Terry, Lynn, 1971
gelatin silver prints
three prints; 13 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches (35,2 x 27,6 cm) each
19 1/8 x 40 inches (48,5 x 101,6 cm) frame
edition of 3, plus 1 AP
SW 19204
 

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William Wegman
Light Off / Light On, 1970
gelatin silver prints
two prints; 10 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches (27,3 x 26,7 cm) each
15 1/4 x 23 1/4 inches (38,7 x 56 cm) frame
edition of 2
SW 09121

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William Wegman
Stutter, 1971
gelatin silver print, unique
7 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches (18,4 x 18,4 cm)
11 1/16 x 10 3/4 inches (28,1 x 27,3 cm) frame
SW 10065

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William Wegman
Interior Exposition, 2020
oil and postcards on wood panel
30 x 40 inches (76,2 x 101,6 cm)
SW 20085

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William Wegman
Oval Inn, 2020
oil and postcards on wood panel
30 x 40 inches (76,2 x 101,6 cm)
SW 20089

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William Wegman
Exhibition, 2020
oil and postcards on wood panel
16 x 20 inches (40,6 x 50,8 cm)
SW 20081

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William Wegman
Scenic Scenes, 2020
oil and postcards on wood panel
60 x 84 inches (152,4 x 213,4 cm)
SW 20090

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William Wegman
Akronisms, 2019
oil and postcards on wood panel
30 x 40 inches (76 x 101,5 cm)
SW 19336

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William Wegman
Collected Rooms, 2018
oil and postcards on wood panel
30 x 40 inches (76 x 101,5 cm)
SW 19331

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William Wegman
Spiral Stair, 2018
oil and postcards on wood panel
30 x 40 inches (76 x 101,5 cm)
SW 19330

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William Wegman
The Great Indoors, 2013
oil and postcards on wood panel
84 x 192 inches (213,3 x 487,6 cm) overall
48 x 84 inches (121,9 x 213,3 cm) each panel
SW 13354

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William Wegman
Inside Outside, 2014
oil and postcard on wood panel
30 x 40 inches (76 x 101,5 cm)
SW 16047

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William Wegman
Bridge in Question, 2012
oil, ink, graphite and postcard on wood panel
20 1/2 x 16 1/4 inches (52 x 41 cm)
SW 16049
Private Collection

William Wegman
Lobby Abstract, 2015
oil and postcards on wood panel
30 x 40 inches (76 x 101,5 cm)
SW 16056
Private Collection

William Wegman
Mies and Corbusier on Vacation, 2015
oil and postcard on wood panel
30 x 40 inches (76 x 101,5 cm)
SW 16061
Private Collection

William Wegman
Theater Piece, 2016
oil and postcards on wood panel
16 x 20 inches (40,5 x 50,5 cm)
SW 16064

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William Wegman
Blonde on Browne, 1991
color Polaroid
24 x 20 inches (61 x 51 cm)
35 x 26 1/2 inches (89 x 67 cm) frame
SW 17202

portrait of a Weimaraner dressed with a hat, daisies, fruit, vegetables and droopy eye spring glasses

William Wegman
Stuff, 1994
color Polaroid
24 x 20 inches (61 x 50,8 cm)
35 x 26 1/2 inches (89 x 67 cm) frame
SW 12367

William Wegman
Skyward, 1997
color Polaroid
24 x 20 inches (61 x 50,8 cm)
34 1/2 x 29 3/8 x 1 1/2 inches (88,1x 74,5 x 3,8 cm) frame
SW 12331

William Wegman
The Hood in Red, 2005
color Polaroid
35 1/2 x 27 3/8 inches (90,2 x 69,5 cm)
SW 07156
Private Collection

two panel photograph with a white house in the background and two Weimaraner dogs sitting in the foreground

William Wegman
Lawn Sculpture, 1997
color polaroid
two panels; 24 x 20 inches (60,9 x 50,8 cm) each
SW 12448a-b
Private Collection

William Wegman
Twisted Hope, 2001
color Polaroid
24 x 20 inches (61 x 51 cm)
35 x 26 1/2 inches (89 x 67 cm) frame
SW 17198

William Wegman
Nosey, 1972
gelatin silver print
10 3/8 x 11 5/8 inches (26,3 x 29,5 cm)
14 3/4 x 15 7/8 inches (37,5 x 40,3 cm) frame
SW 19181

William Wegman
How They are Toward Newspapers, 1973
gelatin silver print, unique
10 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches (26 x 27 cm)
SW 13332

William Wegman
Blondes/Brunettes, 1972
gelatin silver prints
thirty-two prints; 10 x 8 inches (25,4 x 20,3 cm) each
47 x 78 inches (119,4 x 198,1 cm) overall as installed
SW 13334
Private Collection

William Wegman
Terry, Lynn/ Terry, Lynn, 1971
gelatin silver prints
three prints; 13 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches (35,2 x 27,6 cm) each
19 1/8 x 40 inches (48,5 x 101,6 cm) frame
edition of 3, plus 1 AP
SW 19204
 

William Wegman
Light Off / Light On, 1970
gelatin silver prints
two prints; 10 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches (27,3 x 26,7 cm) each
15 1/4 x 23 1/4 inches (38,7 x 56 cm) frame
edition of 2
SW 09121

William Wegman
Stutter, 1971
gelatin silver print, unique
7 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches (18,4 x 18,4 cm)
11 1/16 x 10 3/4 inches (28,1 x 27,3 cm) frame
SW 10065

William Wegman
Interior Exposition, 2020
oil and postcards on wood panel
30 x 40 inches (76,2 x 101,6 cm)
SW 20085

William Wegman
Oval Inn, 2020
oil and postcards on wood panel
30 x 40 inches (76,2 x 101,6 cm)
SW 20089

William Wegman
Exhibition, 2020
oil and postcards on wood panel
16 x 20 inches (40,6 x 50,8 cm)
SW 20081

William Wegman
Scenic Scenes, 2020
oil and postcards on wood panel
60 x 84 inches (152,4 x 213,4 cm)
SW 20090

William Wegman
Akronisms, 2019
oil and postcards on wood panel
30 x 40 inches (76 x 101,5 cm)
SW 19336

William Wegman
Collected Rooms, 2018
oil and postcards on wood panel
30 x 40 inches (76 x 101,5 cm)
SW 19331

William Wegman
Spiral Stair, 2018
oil and postcards on wood panel
30 x 40 inches (76 x 101,5 cm)
SW 19330

William Wegman
The Great Indoors, 2013
oil and postcards on wood panel
84 x 192 inches (213,3 x 487,6 cm) overall
48 x 84 inches (121,9 x 213,3 cm) each panel
SW 13354

William Wegman
Inside Outside, 2014
oil and postcard on wood panel
30 x 40 inches (76 x 101,5 cm)
SW 16047

William Wegman
Bridge in Question, 2012
oil, ink, graphite and postcard on wood panel
20 1/2 x 16 1/4 inches (52 x 41 cm)
SW 16049
Private Collection

William Wegman
Lobby Abstract, 2015
oil and postcards on wood panel
30 x 40 inches (76 x 101,5 cm)
SW 16056
Private Collection

William Wegman
Mies and Corbusier on Vacation, 2015
oil and postcard on wood panel
30 x 40 inches (76 x 101,5 cm)
SW 16061
Private Collection

William Wegman
Theater Piece, 2016
oil and postcards on wood panel
16 x 20 inches (40,5 x 50,5 cm)
SW 16064