William Wegman: Show and Tell - Photographs, Drawings and Paintings

April 30–May 7, 1986
Beaver College Art Gallery


The Beaver College Art Gallery offers a comprehensive look into the art of William Wegman with a video performance and an exhibition of paintings, drawings, and photographs, on the campus at Easton and Church Roads, from April 30 throughMay 7, 1986. Wegman will present a video, The Best of William Wegman, during an informal lecture on Wednesday, April 30, 1986 at 8:00 PM in the Little Theatre. A reception follows in the Gallery at 9:00 PM. Admission is free to both events.

Wegman is perhaps best known for his outrageous photographs and videos of his late dog, Man Ray. Using the Weimaraner as subject, Wegman costumed, disguised, draped, and posed the dog in a variety of contrived scenes. Photos of Man Ray have appeared on the covers of three art magazines (Avalanche, Artforum, and Camera Arts), and on a Sotheby's auction catalogue. Wegman's videotapes have been shown by Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show," and before his death in 1982, Man Ray made appearances, both live and on tape, on public television, "Saturday Night Live," "Tomorrow," and "Late Night with David Letterman."

The photographs of Man Ray are, by no means, the extent of Wegman's art. His drawings and paintings, sometimes very humorous, are all idiosyncratic, subtle, and executed in an offhanded, direct way. "Underlying his wit and seemingly naive quality is an artist of ultimate sophistication who catches us off guard by stopping short of our expectations," said Gallery Director Zina Goldsmith. "Wegman's drawings might contain visual or verbal puns, or cartoon-like images, while the paintings, done from memory or imagination, may be figures or a group of seemingly disparate elements. He's an artist with an acute and complex vision which reveals itself in an eccentric, unpretentious, and often, funny way."

Since the early seventies, Wegman has had dozens of one person and group exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Venice Biennale in Italy are just a few of the many museums and galleries in which he has exhibited.

Wegman's lecture at Beaver College is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His exhibition pieces are shown through the courtesy of the Holly Solomon Gallery in New York City.