William Wegman at The Photography Show, presented by AIPAD 2018

New York City | Pier 94 | Booth 803
April 5-8, 2018 (Vernissage: April 4)

Vija Celmins (Latvian-born American, b. 1938)
Untitled (Dark Sky 1), 2016
mezzotint on Hahnemuhle paper
22 1/2 x 19 inches (54.6 x 48.3 cm)

We are pleased to present a solo presentation of photographs by William Wegman at this year's AIPAD Photography show. In 2015, Wegman began a series of photographs showcasing America’s most iconic mid-century Modern furniture alongside his own best-known models: his Weimaraner dogs. As is the case in all of the artist’s photographs, extraordinary care is given to the lighting and pose of his subjects, both living and static, so that “Topper” and “Flo” share the spotlight with classic pieces by George Nakashima and Charles and Ray Eames. Wegman exploits the medium of the digital pigment print both for its immediacy and potential for intensely saturated colors. In tightly structured compositions, he highlights the bright shells and lustrous woods of various Eames chairs and slab tables, as well as the harmonious contrast between these furnishings and the silky coats of the hounds that balance dexterously atop them. Topper and Flo appear as sculptural objects, emulating the silhouette and style of the mise-en-scène, yet at the same time assume almost human expressions, adding Wegman’s signature humor, irony, and playfulness to the work. The result is a series that represents a surreal state of affairs captured in real time. The artist thus continues to refine the ideas explored in his groundbreaking video works of the 1970s, which lampooned the seriousness of 'high art.'

William Wegman's photographs, drawings and video works are currently featured in Before/On/After: William Wegman and California Conceptualism at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, continuing through July 15, 2018. 

For further information, please contact Betsy Senior or Laurence Shopmaker, at 212-213-6767 or at gallery@seniorandshopmaker.com.