Letters: M

by William Wegman

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Artist Statement

In 1993 we were photographing the dogs at my studio on Bond St in NYC. I had them on the floor, lying on white canvas and was photographing them with a polaroid camera and black & white film. I was shooting them from above, molding them into various lines and shapes. One configuration, a circle, looked like the letter "O". A friend suggested we try other letters. So we did. A to Z and then numbers 1 to 10, and then on to punctuation. Moving the dogs across the canvas and placing them in position became a continuous, and occasionally puzzling, preoccupation. The project took about a week to complete. Later that year, we videotaped the dogs performing the letters again, carefully arranging them and then calling them away. By running the video backwards, it appears that the dogs did it all themselves.

 

More About This Edition:

+ All sizes are sold as an open edition with unique certificates of authenticity signed by William Wegman

+ The white margins for this edition do not follow our typical margin conventions. As always, the above listed sizes are the paper sizes. The approximate image sizes for each are as follows:

10"x8" paper size: approximately 6"x5" image size
14"x11" paper size: approximately 8.5"x7" image size

+ See all the letters here!

Why We Love It

The original video that’s the foundation of this release was created in 1993, and its letters have been variously assembled many times since: from a witty wallpaper border to the breathtaking set of delicate, painstakingly produced silver prints nestled in a portfolio box [...] the images from this series epitomize Bill’s uncanny ability to manifest his singular vision via these loving beasts of his ... Read more on the blog!

Details

+ Exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ All sizes are sold as an open edition with unique certificates of authenticity signed by William Wegman
+ Directly supports the artist
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available
+ The white margins for this edition do not follow our typical margin conventions. As always, the above listed sizes are the paper sizes. The approximate image sizes for each are as follows:

10"x8" paper size: approximately 6"x5" image size
14"x11" paper size: approximately 8.5"x7" image size

Medium:

Epson Hot Press Bright White

William Wegman

A pioneer video artist, conceptualist, photographer, painter and writer, William Wegman moves fluidly among various media: from conceptual works to commissioned magazine shots; videos shown in museums to television segments made for Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live; artists' books to children's books and from photographic collaborations with his Weimaraner muses to his most recent cycle of paintings combining found postcards with drawing, collage and painting. Recent exhibitions of his work include William Wegman and California Conceptualism at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and William Wegman: Being Human, a traveling exhibition of thirty years of photographic work. Learn more about... Read More
William through our In the Studio interview!
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