The exhibition, Outdoor Activities, presents previously unseen lithographs and etchings, as well as watercolours and collages. On view will be the entirety of Field Guide to North America and to Other Regions, a collection of unique photographs, menus, diagrams, and more charming memorabilia from Wegman’s many excursions to the great outdoors, serving as a real manual for camping trips. A selection of plates from The Lewis & Clark Fishing and Cooking Expedition, a portfolio of etchings made by Wegman, published in 1994, will available for the first time as individual artworks, alongside previously unexhibited etchings, Family of Trees, 1993, and Fig. 158 (Wood Pecker), 1989. The centerpiece of the show is a watercolor painting titled Activities that captures the dynamic energy of the great outdoors. In Activities, we see figures fishing, camping, and hiking through delicate linear brush strokes that dance across the entirety of the picture plane with the effect of a camouflage pattern. This image will also be reproduced in a special silk-screen edition published by Picture Room to mark the exhibition.
Widely known and critically acclaimed for his photographs and videos, particularly of his pet weimaraners, Picture Room provides a special look at the diversity of Wegman’s life's work. Pulling from his personal archive, the exhibition explores themes of nature and classic American pastimes, such as hiking, camping, and fishing — all of which appear throughout different points in Wegman’s impressive career. Highlighting never before seen work that will transform one’s understanding and appreciation of the vastness of his creativity, Picture Room encourages and invites everyone to stop by for a window into Wegman’s world.
William Wegman, b. 1943, Holyoke, Massachusetts, works in various mediums including painting, drawing, video, and photography. Wegman lives and works in New York and Maine. Recent gallery exhibitions include William Wegman: New and Used Furniture at Marc Selwyn Fine Art and William Wegman: Paintings at Sperone Westwater Gallery. He’s had past solo shows with Sonnabend Gallery, Situation Gallery, and Konrad Fisher Gallery. Retrospectives of Wegman’s work have also traveled internationally and include “Wegman World” at the Walker Art Center, “Funney/Strange” at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and “William Wegman: Paintings, Drawings, Photographs, Videotapes,” which opened at the Kunstmuseum and traveled to the Centre Pompidou and The Whitney Museum of American Art. His work was featured in Documenta V and is regularly featured in Interfunktionen, Artforum, and Avalanche magazines.
Jan 4th 2018