press release

The Brooklyn Museum is the first venue of William Wegman: Funney/Strange, an exhibition exploring forty years of Wegman’s work in all media. The first retrospective of this artist’s work in more than fifteen years, the exhibition is on view from March 10 through May 28. Included are more than 200 works, among them the signature 20 x 24 Polaroids, as well as early black-and-white and altered photographs, as well as paintings, drawings, collages, artists books, videos, and film.

The exhibition has been organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and curated by the independent curator Trevor Fairbrother. After its premiere at Brooklyn, Funney/Strange will travel to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.; the Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach; and the Addison Gallery. An extensive catalogue, written by scholar and critic Joan Simon and published by Yale University Press in association with the Addison Gallery of American Art, will accompany the exhibition.

Beloved by the general public and held in critical esteem, Wegman fascinates both audiences for much the same reason: a smart, gently subversive humor that destabilizes the familiar to reveal life’s essential oddity. Throughout his career, he has moved seamlessly among various media, from conceptual works to commissioned magazine shots, from video work to television segments made for Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live; from artist’s books to children’s books, from photographic “landscapes” employing his dogs to his most recent series of paintings that incorporate scenic postcards with drawing, collage, and paint. This exhibition will bring together classic Wegman images with rarely exhibited material and surprising new work.


William Wegman Retrospective