William Wegman

William Wegman in his studio

William Wegman was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 1943 and received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston and an MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His work has been exhibited extensively in both the United States and abroad, including solo exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1982); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1988); Whitney Museum of American Art (1992); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2001); and The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2002). The retrospective “William Wegman: Funney/Strange” was held at the Brooklyn Museum, and traveled to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach; the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover; and Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2006-07).

Since his first exhibition at Sperone Westwater in 1990, Wegman has exhibited regularly at the gallery (1992, 2003, 2006, 2012, 2016, 2017 and 2022). 

The book William Wegman: Writing by Artist was edited by Andrew Lampert and published in April 2022 by Primary Information. The first collection to focus on Wegman’s lengthy and deeply funny relationship to language, the book is filled with over 300 previously unknown and wildly entertaining texts, drawings, and early photographs spanning the early 1970s to the present. 

William Wegman, OMG, 2021, acrylic and charcoal on wood panel, 40 x 60 inches
William Wegman, Untitled (“Moths cost us millions…”), 1970-71, typewritten text on paper, 11 x 8 1/2 inches

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  1. […] William Wegman joined us to speak about his show, William Wegman: Writing by Artist at Sperone Westwater, which runs until July 29. Wegman also has a book of the same title. We spoke in particular about his painting OMG 2021, which depicts an internet image (complete with arrows to click left or right) of a knocked-down condo building destroyed by a construction worker who not paid for his work. Wegman embedded some of the phrases the construction worker is reported to have exclaimed as he inflicted destruction on the building. To hear more about this work, Wegman’s show, book and more, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] William Wegman joined us to speak about his show, William Wegman: Writing by Artist at Sperone Westwater, which runs until July 29. Wegman also has a book of the same title. We spoke in particular about his painting OMG 2021, which depicts an internet image (complete with arrows to click left or right) of a knocked-down condo building destroyed by a construction worker who not paid for his work. Wegman embedded some of the phrases the construction worker is reported to have exclaimed as he inflicted destruction on the building. To hear more about this work, Wegman’s show, book and more, listen to the complete interview. […]