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William Wegman was born in 1943 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He received a B.F.A. in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston in 1965 and an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana in 1967. From 1968 to 1970 he taught at the University of Wisconsin. In the fall of 1970 he moved to Southern California where he taught for one year at California State College, Long Beach. 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 Dusseldorf , his work was included in such seminal exhibitions as When Attitudes Become Form, and Documenta V and regularly featured in Interfunktionen, Artforum and Avalanche.
Numerous retrospectives of Wegman’s work have been made among them Wegman’s World, which opened at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis in 1981 and toured the United States and William Wegman: Paintings, Drawings, Photographs, Videotapes, which opened at the Kunstmuseum, Lucerne in 1990 traveling to venues across Europe and the United States including the Pompidou Center, Paris and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. More recent exhibitions have included retrospectives in Sweden, Japan, Korea and Spain and, most recently the exhibition Funney/Strange, which opened at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 2006 with a catalogue published by Yale University, making its final stop at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus in the fall of 2007. William Wegman lives in New York and Maine where he continues to make videos, to take photographs and to make drawings and paintings.
Please join ICI, Constance Lewallen, and William Wegman for a special conversation on Tuesday, April 3, from 6:30- 8pm.read more »
State of Mind is a deep investigation of seminal conceptual and related avant-garde activities in the late 1960s and early 1970s and the critical interchange between artists living in California.read more »
With a mixture of irreverence and sincerity, artists John Baldessari and Meg Cranston tackle nothing less than the question of God in this exhibition.read more »
Verbally Charged Images demonstrates how text can be used to alter one’s perception or preconceptions of the visual image by providing a subjective framework, thus reversing the traditional image-text relationship in which the image illustrates the text. Although the mode of rhetoric varies from work to work, as does the location of the text in relation to image, text in these works “charges” the image as the title suggests, pointing to the artist’s conceptual intentions. The text, it must be emphasized, never simply describes, illustrates, or functions congruently with the image.read more »
Supershow! was organized with your enjoyment in mind. Its major purpose is to present the variety and diversity of contemporary art, and to encourage involvement and participation with that art, both physically and intellectually.read more »
VIDEOART U.S.A. was born out of a grand-scale erudite and historical study of international contemporary video art. In the present decade it has become increasingly clear that video art extends beyond a new technology designed to please the human eye. It is rather used as a tool to explore the most pressing issues in contemporary art.read more »