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I'D RATHER BE LAUGHING: WILLIAM WEGMAN

I’d rather laugh in bed than do it. Get under the covers and crack jokes, I guess, is the best way. “How am I doing?” “Fine, that was very funny.” “Wow, you were really funny tonight.” If I went to a lady of the night, I’d probably pay her to tell me jokes.

Andy Warhol

According to Plato, art had no place in his ideal society. In mine, it would be right near the top.

William Wegman

PICTURE A LOG HOUSE in the country, with a lawn and an evergreen tree, and a girl with red hair, all floating in space. Sweetly reassuring, this cabin in the sky. William Wegman takes us into his confidence: a painting represents a dream, and this is how it’s done. It’s all so easy. chose red for the girl’s hair and bacon rind to accent the picture. Green then became a good choice for the lawn color. “ This is Wegman’s Hope, from 1985. his first year of painting since his student days. A fantasy of the

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