William Wegman: Good Dogs on Nice Furniture

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American artist and photographer William Wegman is perhaps most well known for his subtly satirical work with his dogs, a collaboration which began in Los Angeles in the 70s with his Weimaraner Man Ray.  Wegman studied painting at the Massachusetts College of Art and the University of Illinois Champagne/Urbana and has continued to paint throughout his career.  His recent paintings take as their starting point postcards from Wegman's extensive collection of vintage cards.  A book of these postcard paintings "William Wegman: Paintings and Other Stories" with texts by Robert Krulwich, Susan Orlean, Bob Elliott, Mark Doty and Amy Hempel will be published by Abrams in spring 2016.  Wegman was also one of the first artists to work with video as an art form, exhibiting his video works since the 70s.   Retrospectives of Wegman's work have travelled to museums throughout Europe and the US including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Pompidou Museum in Paris.  Wegman makes reference to the history of Minimal, Pop and Conceptual art yet his work is unique in it's broad appeal.  "Good Dogs on Nice Furniture," a new body of work created for his 2015 exhibition at Imago Galleries (and coinciding with Modernism Week), includes images of his dogs posed on classic furniture by Herman Miller, Eames and Nelson, a special homage to Palm Springs. The artist occasionally agrees to photographic commissions of collector's pets, his trademark deadpan humor still evident even when working with dogs other than his own familiar subjects. The artist received the 2015 Photographer of the Year award at the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair.

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