Even those who aren't that into art know who William Wegman is. Or, at least, they remember when his Cinderella book hit it big in the 90's. Remember? The book that has a photo of a dog in a blonde wig on the cover?
Yeah, that's Wegman.
But there's a lot more to the artist than dogs in dresses. Which is what Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art has been trying to remind everyone with their Unexpected Wegman exhibition, where his lesser-known prints and videos appear.
Now you have the chance to get to know more about the man and his mind at his artist lecture this Thursday, November 19th.
After attending a number of other lectures in my time (most recently, the Nick Cave lecture, which was a joy to see) I can say that it brings an entirely new light to the art. We're so used to seeing Wegman's Weimaraner dog images that the process is probably taken for granted. He's reached a certain level of branding with his imagery and I'm interested to see how he got there.
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After all, at one point, he was just a photographer who had a few Weimaraners for pets. Now he's famous for taking pictures of them. We all take photos of our pets. So what did Wegman do to make his so spectacular? And, aside from the dogs, what kind of an artist is he?
There's just so much to find out about him. So if you're feeling curious, click here to buy yourself some tickets.
William Wegman: Artist Lecture is at 7 p.m. on Thursday November 9th at the Stage 2 Theater in the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E 2nd St in Scottsdale. Call 480-944-2787 or visit www.smoca.org/education/gallery.