Click over to ArtInfo to read a Q&A with WW...and see a slideshow of work from Drawings for a Better Tomorrow and a Worse Yesterday at Salon 94. Read the article here.
William Wegman, Artist, 1971
Please join ICI, Constance Lewallen, and William Wegman for a special conversation on Tuesday, April 3, from 6:30- 8pm at 401 Broadway, Suite 1620, NYC.
Constance Lewallen, co-curator of State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970, and William Wegman, pioneer video artist, conceptualist, photographer, painter, and writer, will discuss Californian artists’ significant contributions in Conceptual art, video, performance, and installation art in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Rarely seen Wegman videos will be screened, followed by a conversation about the artist’s early work and those with whom he associated.
Read more about the event here.
William Wegman, Nevadada, 1993
THIS DOG'S LIFE; At Work (and Play) With William Wegman and His Weimaraner Stars
The Washington Post
April 25, 1993
You might think this hyperbolic self-justification until you watch [William Wegman] in action, shifting a haunch here, placing a paw there - "Good, Batty" - and nudging the dogs gently into position - "Stay, Crookie" - until they are stretched nose to rump in a ring. "All I'm trying to do is get slight curves," Wegman says, puttering above the four sleek, silvery-brown backs. The animals are more than obedient; they're entering a drowsy state of total cooperation. Wegman is sculpting with dogs.
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In 1993, the Long Island paper New York Newsday ran an interview with William Wegman. Read an excerpt below.
William Wegman, Untitled (Fay Contact Sheet), 1988
THE NEW YORK NEWSDAY
INTERVIEW WITH WILLIAM WEGMAN Dogs Offer a `Different Kind of Intimacy
by Catherine Barnett
Q. What have you learned from your weimaraners, and how have they changed you? A. I lived for about five years in between dogs, after Man Ray died in l982. When I got a dog again, I was happier, even though I'm sort of chained to my house. Halfway through a movie I say, "I wonder how Fay and Battina are doing?" and I come home early. When I got Fay, I didn't take a picture for one year, because I didn't want to do Man Ray over again. But when I did photograph Fay I realized I'd been denying myself an incredible pleasure. I also started to paint again. Working with Fay created a golden period for me.
Read the full story here.
WW and his son Atlas were on Reddit last night answering questions from users. Click here to read the whole conversation. This was our favorite question:
In 1993, AP reporter Jerry Harkavy visited WW in Maine. They discussed many things, including projects such as Little Red Riding Hood and The Hardly Boys.
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Notice anything familiar about the cover of this month's issue of National Geographic? (Hint: it features someone who has appeared on this blog.)
This past October, WW spent several days in the studio with Penny, Flo, Candy and Bobbin, working to get just the right shot. He reflects on the experience in this video (and if you haven't seen the cover yet, you will here):
William Wegman, Honest Balls, 1987
November 29, 1987
William Wegman: The Artist and His Dog
By AMY HEMPEL
In William Wegman's studio in New York's Hudson Valley, the blond floors appear to be stenciled in an abstract floral pattern. In fact, after prolonged efforts to keep his dog out of the way of workmen during construction, Wegman took a different tack: he painted his dog's feet green and let her loose inside. It is an example of what Wegman means when he says of his work in painting, drawing, video and photography, ''I pay a lot of attention to what the format is actually doing rather than what I want it to do.''