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Before/On/After: Permutations I

Artist:
William Wegman (American, born 1943)
Date:
1972
Medium:
Gelatin silver prints
Dimensions:
Each image: 10 3/8 × 10 1/2 in. (26.4 × 26.7 cm)
Each mount: 10 3/8 × 10 1/2 in. (26.4 × 26.7 cm)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Vital Projects Fund Inc. Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2016
Accession Number:
2016.598a–g
Rights and Reproduction:
© William Wegman, Courtesy of the Artist
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 851
Together with friends such as John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha, Wegman was an important figure in the witty and incisive variant of Conceptual Art practiced on the West Coast in the early 1970s--simultaneously fulfilling and lampooning the orthodoxies of "post-studio" art. Often Wegman's collaborator in videotapes and photo-works was his Weimaraner Man Ray, who the artist hilariously put through his paces in a series of deadpan learning experiments. In this seven-part piece, the viewer's own learning curve is tested against that of Man Ray: exploring every permutation of a "key" where geometric shapes correspond to positions before, on, or behind a wooden box.
Inscription: Each mount verso is inscribed in pencil with a number (1 through 7) and includes a pencil drawing of the shapes presented on the board in the photograph.
.g (7) includes a grid drawing of all 7 boards and is inscribed in pencil by the artist, verso BC: "Before/On/After: Permutations I // 7/7 [signed] William Wegman"
William Wegman; [Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York]

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