New York

William Wegman

Sonnabend Gallery

Without worrying whether William Wegman is a Conceptual artist or not, his show at Sonnabend belies the notion that art focused on concepts is without humor. I found watching Wegman’s video tapes to be watching the funniest TV show I had ever seen. However, Wegman’s art is joke art only if by “joke art” we mean any art that makes us laugh; but Wegman doesn’t tell jokes, nor does he satirize art, the art world, or anything else. A knowledge of contemporary art is not a prerequi site to laughing at Wegman’s show; and unlike much of what gets included in “joke art,” Wegman’s humor is not a matter of a kind of noncommittal cynicism. What Wegman presents is essentially a different way of thinking about things (“things” in its vaguest sense), and while his different way is generally hilariously ridiculou s, it is never theless a genuinely different way and raises questions about the “everyday”

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