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William Wegman: Funney/Strange


William Wegman, Connector, 1994

William Wegman: Funney/Strange

Sept 20, 2007–Dec 30, 2007

See more than 200 artworks by famed artist and "inveterate jokester" William Wegman.

This nationally touring exhibition, a comprehensive 40-year retrospective of Wegman's wryly funny work, showcases his photography, painting, collage, and video from the 1960s to the present, including his photographic collaborations with his well known Weimaraners. Together, these pieces offer "a total immersion in the fruits of his inquiring mind and sardonic eye," says the New York Times. "Dogs or no dogs, Mr. Wegman is one of the most important artists to emerge from the heady experiments of the 1970s."

Funney/Strange fills all the Wexner Center galleries and features a special project by the artist in the lobby. This is the only place in the Midwest where you can see the show—and it's your last chance. Funney/Strange has already delighted viewers at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., the Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach, Florida, and the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts, and is concluding its national tour here in Columbus. What are the critics saying? Check out local coverage on our Wegman press page. And, here's a roundup of comments from earlier stops on the show's itinerary.

"The most accessible and, in his own way, richly human of all Conceptual artists."—Roberta Smith, New York Times, March 10, 2006

"Beyond celebrating the world's leading Weimaraner wrangler, William Wegman: Funney/ sneaky/great."—Peter Schjeldahl, New Yorker, March 27, 2006

"His work traverses most of what inventive art has been about in our time with the hardly aware grace of a sleepwalker who dreams of Fred Astaire."—Peter Schjeldahl, New Yorker, March 27, 2006

"He can be funny in just about any medium—painting, drawing and especially video..."—Carly Berwick,, March 28, 2006

"Like Dali or Duchamp, he deploys humor to put the strangeness of everyday life into relief."—Carly Berwick,, March 28, 2006

"A playground for parents and children..."—Mark Stevens, New York Magazine, April 3, 2006

"Wegman may please the crowd, but, in his way, he's a rare radical."—Mark Stevens, New York Magazine, April 3, 2006

"For more than three decades, Wegman has pulled off a nearly impossible feat—he's a crowd-pleasing Conceptual artist, a funny and strange thing to be."—Steven Stern, Time Out New York, April 13, 2006

additional image info

2) Connector, 1994
24 in. x 20 in. (60.96 cm x 50.8 cm)
Private collection
Copyright William Wegman

3) The Tilted Chair, 2003
Oil and postcards on wooden panels
96 x 192 x 2 in. (24.8 x 487.7 x 5.1 cm)
Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, Museum Purchase, Derby Fund, 2003.012a
Copyright William Wegman

4) No Fun Sleeping Under a Picture Like This, 1975
Ink on paper
8 1/2 in. x 11 in. (21.59 cm x 27.94 cm)
Private collection
Copyright William Wegman

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