New York

William Wegman

Holly Solomon Gallery

If there were a custom of naming sandwiches after artists, the William Wegman would certainly be a ham on wry. Wegman, like many artists who argue that Conceptual art is a good idea, is the consummate deadpan presence with a classic deadly dilemma: the need to produce a commodity while enjoying the reputation of eminence blonde of the anti-commodity art mart. The ham part of Wegman gleefully mass-produced drawings and doctored photographs; the wry part sees this act with tilted humor. As in his videotapes, Wegman’s wit is alternately dependent on visual jokes and the caption which shows the disparity between visual and verbal.

His most recent show was divided between drawings and photographs. The drawings are the arena for his visual/verbal legerdemain; the photographs are almost exclusively visuals, independent of caption or annotation. For Wegman, the activities of drawing and snap-shooting

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