Batty Back Up, 2000 - William Wegman
About the Work
About Batty Back Up
This photo is emblematic of Wegman's best-known work: humorous photographic depictions of his pet Weimaraners. Batty's deadpan pose and frontal stance is both endearing and comedic, characteristic of Wegman's photographs and videos.
About the Artist
About William Wegman
Wegman was included in seminal exhibitions of conceptual art such as Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form at the Kunsthalle Bern in 1969 and Documenta V, both curated by Harald Szeemann, and in notable publications like Lucy Lippard's 1973 book Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object and in several issues of the notable artist-run magazine Avalanche in the 1970s.
Wegman's work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and abroad, including the 1973 Whitney Annual and the Whitney Biennial in 1981 and 1989. He has been the subject of numerous retrospectives, including William Wegman: Paintings, Drawings, Photographs, Videotapes (Abrams) in 1990, a 20-year survey of his work presented at the Kunstmuseum Lucerne as well as shows at the ICA London, the Stedelijk Museum, the Frankfurt Kunstverein, the Centre Pompidou, the ICA Boston, the Whitney Museum, and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston. A more recent retrospective, William Wegman: Funney/Strange (Yale), traveled to the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Norton Museum of Art, and the Wexner Center in 2006.
A retrospective, William Wegman: Hello Nature (catalog: Prestell), began at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in 2012, will travel to Artipelag in Sweden in 2013. Read Less
DescriptionFujiflex color print.
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