On Base. 2007. by William Wegman.
About On Base. 2007.
“In 2007, I was invited by the Metropolitan Opera to make a series of images celebrating their upcoming season. In preparation for the shoot, I went behind the scenes to meet with the production designers and borrow from the Met’s overwhelming selection of costumes and props. So, On Base is my interpretation of the Gluck opera Iphigénie en Tauride. In the opera, there is a lot of trickery, one thing switched for another. For example, I switched Diana’s arrow for a ball, and my dog Penny stands in for Iphigénie. The title, On Base, also throws a little sport into a classical reference, a tragedy minimized in its reimagining.”
William Wegman was born in 1943 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He received a B.F.A. in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston in 1965 and an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Illinois, Champagne Urbana in 1967. Then, from 1968 to 1970 he taught at the University of Wisconsin. In the fall of 1970 he moved to Southern California where he taught for one year at California State College, Long Beach.
In 1971 He moved to Santa Monica. By the early 70s, Wegman’s work was being exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. In addition to solo shows with Sonnabend Gallery in Paris and New York, Situation Gallery in London and Konrad Fisher Gallery in Dusseldorf, his work was included in such seminal exhibitions as “When Attitudes Become Form,” and “Documenta V” and regularly featured in Interfunktionen, Artforum and Avalanche magazines.
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