July 1, 2006 – September 24, 2006
William Wegman (b. 1943) is beloved by the public and held in critical esteem by the international art world for his smart, gently subversive humor that parodies all things familiar. "William Wegman—Funney/Strange" is the first in-depth look at the artist in 15 years and examines his work in all media from the 1960s to the present. The exhibition will feature approximately 200 photographs, works on paper, paintings, conceptual work, videos, writings and rare archival materials. Several surprising new bodies of work will be seen in relation to classics, such as the photographs of his weimaraners. Trevor Fairbrother, independent curator and scholar, is the guest curator.
"William Wegman—Funney/Strange" was organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. The Lunder Foundation supports the presentation at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
The accompanying catalog, "William Wegman—Funney/Strange," is forthcoming from Yale University Press in association with the Addison Gallery. Joan Simon, curator-at-large at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, is the author. The book is illustrated with 250 images and includes an exclusive DVD with highlights of Wegman’s video work. It is the first retrospective volume to consider the artist's entire career from the 1960s to the 2000s.