William Wegman

Born 1943

Born in 1943, William Wegman studied painting at Massachusetts College of Art and the University of Illinois, Urbana. He began producing short, performance-oriented videotapes in the early 1970s, which are considered classics. Many featured his canine companion, a Weimaraner named Man Ray. These tapes are dead pan parodies of "high art" using sight gags, minimalist performance, and understated humor.

Describing the process behind his tapes, Wegman says, "I present a situation and develop some kind of explanation around it. By the time the story is over you get to know why that particular prop or mannerism was displayed." Recorded as single takes in real time, Wegman used portable video's intimacy and low-tech immediacy to create idiosyncratic narrative comedy. Wegman was among a group of artists to produce work through WGBH's Television Lab. In recent years, Wegman has become famous for his hilarious and touching photographs of other Weimeraners who are Man Ray’s successors.

Available Titles by William Wegman

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The Electric Mirror: Reflecting on Video Art in the 1970s 2017 Curated Compilations, New Releases, Compilations order video    add to wish list
Gray Hairs 1976 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Massage Chair 1973 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Selected Works (Dog Duet, Used Car Salesman, Dog Biscuit in Glass Jar) 1972 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Selected Works: Reel 1 1970 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Selected Works: Reel 2 1972 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Selected Works: Reel 3 1973 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Selected Works: Reel 4 1973 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Selected Works: Reel 5 1974 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Selected Works: Reel 6 1975 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Selected Works: Reel 7 1976 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Spit Sandwich 1970 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
The World of Photography 1986 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
William Wegman