Author, artist William Wegman in Farmington on Aug. 4
This stunning book takes a fresh look at the work of renowned artist William Wegman. In reflecting on nature's place in the cultural imagination, Wegman often revisits those books which shaped his first outdoor experiences —Boy Scout manuals, field guides, and the like. By creatively incorporating these materials, this volume embodies the artist's quirky and nostalgic aesthetic.
Perhaps best known for his photography and videos, particularly of his dogs, William Wegman is also an accomplished painter, draftsman, and writer, and an avid outdoorsman. Throughout his work he looks to nature and its treatments in both popular culture and the arts for inspiration. He may use vintage postcards as the starting point for landscape compositions, borrow from the rhetoric of outdoor recreation in his wordplay, or invoke the writings of someone like Henry David Thoreau.
About The Author:
An extraordinary drawer, painter, writer and photographer, Wegman has received numerous awards and grants from some of the most prestigious art institutions of the country. He has also had his works shown at some of the finest galleries in the world, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., The Whitney Museum of Art in New York, F.R.A.C. Limousine in France, and The Museum of Natural Art in New York.
Out of Wegman's involvement with this cast of Weimeranners grew a series of childrens' book inspired by the dogs' various acting abilities: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, ABC, Mother Goose, Farm Days, My Town, Surprise Party and Chip Wants a Dog (all Hyperion). Wegman has also published a number of books for adults including Man's Best Friend, Fashion Photographs and William Wegman 20 x 24 (all Abrams) and Fay and The New York Times Bestseller Puppies (both Hyperion).
Wegman has created film and video works for Saturday Night Live and Nickelodeon and his video segments for Sesame Street have appeared regularly since 1989. His videos include Alphabet Soup, Fay's Twelve Days of Christmas and Mother Goose. In 1995, Wegman's film The Hardly Boys was screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
William Wegman lives in New York and Maine where he continues to make videos, to take photographs and to make drawings and paintings.
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