Visit ‘William Wegman: Outside In’ at the Shelburne Museum, Vermont

A comprehensive exhibition exploring over four decades of William Wegman’s ongoing fascination with the natural world is currently on view in Vermont. In addition to a selection of 20×24 inch Polaroids with his beloved Weimaraners, for which he is best- known, the exhibition showcases over 60 works of art in a variety of media. Drawings, portfolio pages from Wegman’s handmade book Field Guide to North America and to Other Regions, as well as his most recent postcard paintings – including two new works inspired by archival postcards of the Shelburne Museum – are also included.

The Museum’s assistant curator, Carolyn Bauer, sought to highlight the artist’s enduring relationship to the natural world. Growing up in western Massachusetts, Wegman engaged with nature from a young age, spending time exploring the woods, playing hockey on frozen quarry ponds, and fishing. Dividing his time between New York City, upstate New York, and Rangeley, Maine, Wegman continues to find inspiration outdoors, as well as a nostalgia for the wilderness of his childhood. Familiar with the written and visual history of nature through art and philosophy, Wegman incorporates a wide range of references in his work, from Boy Scout manual instructions and camping cookbooks to Transcendentalist writings.

William Wegman: Outside In will be on view at the Pizzagalli Center for Arts and Education’s Murphy Gallery until 20 October 2019. The exhibition is held in collaboration with the William Wegman Studio. Find out more here.

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