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Index

Artist:
William Wegman (American, born 1943)
Date:
1972
Medium:
Gelatin silver prints
Dimensions:
Each Panel: 13 5/8 × 10 13/16 in. (34.6 × 27.5 cm)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Vital Projects Fund Inc. Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2016
Accession Number:
2016.134a–e
Rights and Reproduction:
© William Wegman, Courtesy of the Artist
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 851
In many of his early photographs, Wegman deconstructs specific aspects of the medium and its technology via visual puns, homonyms, and wordplay. Index is a five-part work comparing the symmetry of the artist’s own hands, in which he elongated each digit to the length of the pointer, or index, finger; he then printed alternating negatives in reverse to further confuse the two digits seen in each print. The results are a witty rejoinder to the hoary cliché that photographs are “indexical” records of their subjects.
Inscription: Signed and dated in pencil by the artist on four of the five mounts, verso BR: "William Wegman // 1972"; numerous inscriptions and labels on verso of each mount. See images for details.
William Wegman; [Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York]

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