William Wegman : funney-strange / Joan Simon.

by Simon, Joan, 1949-Looking glass; Wegman, WilliamLooking glass.

Publisher: New Haven, Conn. ; Yale University Press, 2006.Description: xi, 292 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 26 cm.ISBN: 0300114443.Other title: Funney-strange.Subject(s): Wegman, William -- ExhibitionNote: Catalogue of an exhibition organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., to be held at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, Feb. 10-May 28, 2006, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., July 4-Oct. 9, 2006, and at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Apr. 7-July 31, 2007.Note: Includes bibliography (pages 268-277), filmography and index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

A comprehensive and intriguing look at the witty and sophisticated art of William Wegman, beloved by the general public and held in critical esteem within the international art world

This fascinating book reveals the full range of William Wegman's art. Beloved by the general public for signature photographs of his troupe of Weimaraners, Wegman is also an immensely important figure in the contemporary art world.


A pioneer video-maker, conceptualist, performer, photographer, painter, draftsman, and writer, Wegman moves fluidly among various media: from conceptual works to commissioned magazine shots; from videos shown in museums to television segments made for Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live; from artist's books parodying nineteenth-century naturalist studies to children's books revealing tongue-in-cheek portraits of town and country life; from photographic "landscapes" employing his canine muses to his most recent cycle of landscapes combining found scenic souvenir postcards with drawing, collage, and painting. Underlying all his creations is the light humor of "funny" mediating the darker human comedy of "strange." Speaking to the absurdities of daily life, Wegman's work is universally appealing.


William Wegman: Funney--Strange is illustrated with some 250 images. It is the first retrospective volume to consider the artist's entire career from the 1960s to the 2000s and is an essential book for any fan of Wegman's work.

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Catalogue of an exhibition organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., to be held at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, Feb. 10-May 28, 2006, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., July 4-Oct. 9, 2006, and at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Apr. 7-July 31, 2007.

Includes bibliography (pages 268-277), filmography and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. vii)
  • Curator's Note (p. x)
  • Joan Simon
  • Funny (Ha Ha), Funny (Strange): An Introduction (p. 1)
  • Eureka 1943-1970 (p. 23)
  • Double Profile 1970-1985 (p. 87)
  • Birch Bay 1985-1996 (p. 143)
  • Getting Into Artforum 1996-2005 (p. 197)
  • Plates
  • Drawings (p. 7)
  • Black and White Photographs and Altered Works (p. 47)
  • 20 x 24 Polaroids (p. 117)
  • Paintings (p. 173)
  • Videos (p. 238)
  • Notes (p. 246)
  • Exhibition History (p. 253)
  • Bibliography (p. 268)
  • Films and Video (p. 278)
  • Index (p. 281)
  • Addison Gallery of American Art Board of Governors (p. 290)
  • Photography Credits (p. 292)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

William Wegman was born in 1943 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He received a B.F.A. in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1965. In 1967, He received an M.F.A. in painting and printmaking at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Wegman taught painting at various universities, but later became interested in photography and video.

Wegman may be best-known for his photography involving his Weimaraner dogs in various poses and costumes. His work can be seen in museums throughout Europe and the United States, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Wegman was on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson Show in 1992, and his dogs have had appearances on Saturday Night Live and Sesame Street.

Wegman lives in New York and Maine.

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