Time: May 25 – September 29, 2013
Place: Artipelag Konsthall, Värmdö
Curators: William Wegman Studio, Bo Nilsson, Director Artipelag Konsthall and Frida Andersson, Assistant Curator, Artipelag Konsthall.
About the exhibition: William Wegman is perhaps best known for his photographs of his Weimaraners and although this work is generously represented in the exhibition, Hello Nature explores the inspiration behind all of Wegman’s work. In addition to his photos, the exhibition also includes Wegman’s paintings, drawings, collages, and films, a highly personal investigations of nature and its meaning in our culture.
About the artist: William Wegman was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1943. He received a BFA degree in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, in 1965, and an MFA in painting and graphic arts from the University of Illinois in 1967. Today, he divides his time between New York and Maine.
Wegman’s art has been exhibited in museums and galleries all over the world. Recent exhibitions includeFunney/Strange, a retrospective which travelled to the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington. In the Nordic countries, a Wegman retrospective was presented in 1998 at Rooseum – Center for Contemporary Art in Malmö. The exhibition then travelled to Göteborg Art Museum, the Museum for Photography in Odense, and to KIASMA in Helsinki.
Wegman is also the author of many books including 13 books for children and the New York Times bestseller Puppies(1999). Together with his dogs Wegman has created projects for the National Geographic, the New Yorker, the Colbert Report, Saturday Night Live, Nickelodeon, and Sesame Street, where his films with the dogs have been shown since 1989. Wegman’s film The Hardly Boys in Hardly Gold was shown at the Sundance Film Festival 1996.
Recently, Wegman collaborated with Acne Studios to photograph their spring 2013 collection.
William Wegman has received countless awards and grants, including the New York Foundation for the Arts Honor, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and two National Endowment for the Arts grants.
A Field Guide will be published in connection with the exhibition, with Wegman’s own texts based on recreation guides and illustrated books on nature from his childhood.
Catalogue: William Wegman – Hello Nature will be accompanied by and extensively illustrated 176-page catalogue published by DelMonico Books-Prestel. The catalogue design embodies the artist´s aesthetic nostalgia, even incorporating some of his source materials.
Press meeting: Welcome to a press meeting on Friday May 24, 11am-1pm.Mr Wegman will be present, and in the company with the artist we invite you to a light lunch.
Artipelag bus 10.30am from Vasagatan, outside the Central Station to Artipelag.
From Artipelag: 1.30pm to Vasagatan.
Car from Stockholm: 20 min. from central Stockholm. Road 222 to Gustavsberg and follow the signs.
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