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William Wegman

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New York

Fine Art
Influence: Contemporary influential

William Wegman was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1943. He received a BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston and an MFA in painting from the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana in 1967.

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 1970s, Wegman's work was being exhibited in museums and galleries internationally.

It was while he was in Long Beach that Wegman got his dog, Man Ray, with whom he began a long and fruitful collaboration. Man Ray, known in the art world and beyond for his endearing deadpan presence, became a central figure in Wegman's photographs and videotapes.

Wegman has been the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships and two National Endowment for the Arts grants. Wegman’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the world. His work was included in such seminal exhibitions as When Attitudes Become Form and Documenta V, as well as a retrospective organised by the Kunstmuseum Lucerne in 1990, which travelled to museums including the Centre Pompidou, Paris and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Recent exhibitions include William Wegman and California Conceptualism, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Being Human, which was the central exhibition at Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles in 2018 and which begins a four-year travelling tour at The National Gallery of Australia, Melbourne Autumn 2018.

William Wegman lives in New York and Maine where he continues to make videos, to take photographs and to make drawings and paintings.


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