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William Wegman: The Traveler

Though many are familiar with William Wegman’ iconic Weimaraner portraits, soon the Westport Arts Center (WAC) will shine a light on a lesser-known body of work from the artist’s very own “virtual travels.” William Wegman: The Traveler will feature an eclectic mix of Polariods, video, and a career-long exploration of postcard paintings and drawings, where recycled tourist postcards expand into skillful and whimsically painted scenes of landscapes, cityscapes, and abstract atmospheres of investigative play. Weaving, merging, and almost camouflaging the found cards, Wegman creates distinctive environments where countries and cultures collide. At times, Wegman reinforces the postcard’s narrative within his painted composition. At other times, he transforms the feeling of the pictured scene by creating a believable yet imagined world that exists beyond the edges.

Westport Arts Center Director of Visual Arts and exhibition curator, Helen Klisser During, states: “I’ve admired William Wegman’s work for years — it is witty, humorous, skillful, and endearing. I thought the Westport Arts Center would be a marvelous platform to exhibit Wegman’s postcard paintings. In these paintings he skillfully and playfully engages his audience on a virtual traveling adventure of his mind. Now we can travel with him.”

William Wegman: The Traveler, at the Westport Arts Center, January 25 – March 24. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, January 25, 6:30 – 8pm. Free and open to the public, this event will feature William Wegman signing copies of his books, along with food and drink.

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Ryan Odinak