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WILLIAM WEGMAN - Exhibition to 19 March 2016.




William Wegman’s name as an American conceptual artist (*1943, lives in New York) is linked inseparably with his subtle, ironic photographs of his Weimaraner dogs.

Becoming known initially for cryptic photo and video works (with and without dogs), he attained world renown in the 1970s with his discovery of the talents of his first Weimaraner dog, Man Ray, as a gifted model and an ideal interpreter of human idiosyncrasies.

In the mid-1980s, Fay Ray, a born dog diva, succeeded Man Ray and was no less of a star. Fay launched a whole gamut of entirely new motifs. She could move gracefully, assume different positions and poses, arch her neck, turn her head round, and cross her legs. In the interim several generations of her offspring have come to pose before Wegman’s lens.

In 1979, on the invitation of the Polaroid Corporation, Wegman began working with a newly developed camera, the now legendary Polaroid 24 x 20 Inches (60 x 50 cm). A remarkable body of work came about, of singularly precise, large-scale photographs, each a one-off, as only this Polaroid camera is capable of producing. Since Polaroid ceased paper production a number of years ago, pigment prints have become Wegman’s favoured technical medium.

William Wegman’s photographs are shown in museums and international galleries the world over, and have entered all the larger collections. Numerous retrospectives devoted to his work have been on view in many museums of the United States, Japan, Korea, China and Europe.

Besides video segments regularly featured in Sesame Street since 1989, Wegman has also made films and videos for such programmes as Saturday Night Live and Nickelodeon. His film The Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold was shown at the Sundance Film Festival.

”Selected Photo Pieces” is the seventh solo Wegman exhibition at our gallery, within a collaboration spanning twenty years to date with this artist, who is equally at home in the media of painting, drawing, video, film and photography.

He is a master in handling the photographic medium, and an expert in generating from the interplay with his dogs one new, startling pictorial idea after the other, sublime in quality and originality. Many of his photographs have the air of paintings and recall subtle still life compositions and film sequences. Apart from which his Weimaraners remain unsurpassed in beauty, expressive power and elegance. Today they are among the most popular figures in the international art and media scene.


Der Name des amerikanischen Konzeptkünstlers William Wegman (*1943, lebt in New York) ist untrennbar mit den subtilen, ironischen Fotografien seiner Weimaranerhunde verbunden.

Zunächst mit hintergründigen Foto- und Videoarbeiten (mit und ohne Hund) bekannt geworden, kam er in den 1970er Jahren zu weltweiter Berühmtheit, als er seinen ersten Weimaraner, den Hund "Man Ray", als begnadetes Modell und idealen Interpreten menschlicher Verschrobenheiten entdeckte.

Mitte der 1980er Jahre wurde "Fay Ray", eine geborene Hunde-Diva, seine nicht minder erfolgreiche Nachfolgerin. Mit Fay wurden ganz neue Motive möglich: Sie konnte sich grazil bewegen, verschiedene Haltungen und Posen einnehmen, den Hals krümmen, den Kopf verdrehen, die Beine übereinander schlagen. Inzwischen stehen bereits mehrere Generationen ihres Nachwuchses vor der Kamera.

1979 begann der Künstler, auf Einladung der Firma Polaroid, mit einer neu entwickelten Kamera, der inzwischen legendären Polaroid 24 x 20 inches (60 x 50 cm) zu arbeiten. Es entstand ein bemerkenswertes Werk: einzigartig präzise großformatige Fotografien - jedes ein Unikat - wie sie nur mit dieser Polaroidkamera möglich sind. Nachdem Polaroid vor einigen Jahren die Papierproduktion eingestellt hat, sind Pigment Prints zum bevorzugten technischen Medium von William Wegman geworden.

Die Fotografien von William Wegman werden in Museen und internationalen Galerien auf der ganzen Welt ausgestellt und befinden sich in allen großen Sammlungen. Zahlreiche Retrospektiven seines Werkes waren in vielen Museen der Vereinigten Staaten, in Japan, Korea, China und Europa zu sehen.

Neben Videosegmenten, die seit 1989 regelmäßig in der "Sesamstraße" erscheinen, hat Wegman Filme und Videos u.a. für "Saturday Night Live" und "Nickelodeon" geschaffen. Sein Spielfilm "The Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold" wurde beim Sundance Film Festival gezeigt.

”Selected Photo Pieces” ist in unserer 20jährigen Zusammenarbeit mit dem Künstler bereits die siebente Einzelausstellung in der Galerie mit Werken von William Wegman, der in den Medien Malerei, Zeichnung, Video, Film und Fotografie gleichermaßen zu Hause ist.

William Wegman ist ein Meister im Umgang mit dem Medium der Fotografie, der es, im Zusammenspiel mit seinen Hunden versteht, immer wieder neue verblüffende Bildideen, von höchster Qualität und Originalität zu entwickeln. Viele seiner Aufnahmen muten wie Gemälde an, erinnern an subtil komponierte Stillleben und Filmsequenzen. Außerdem bleiben seine Weimaraner unübertroffen an Schönheit, Ausdruckskraft und Eleganz. Sie gehören heute zu den populärsten Figuren in der internationalen Kunst- und Medienszene.

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