William Wegman was born in 1943 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He studied painting and began a career as a conceptual artist in the 1970s, participating in some of the most significant exhibitions of the time, such as When Attitudes Become Form (1969) and Documenta V (1972). Monographic exhibitions of Wegman’s work have been organized world-wide, including at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn; Kunsthalle Bern, Bern. In addition, Wegman’s work has been regularly presented in magazines such as Interfunktionen, Artforum and Avalanche.
Over the years, Wegman has created film and video works for Saturday Night Live and Nickelodeon, and his videos for Sesame Street have appeared regularly since 1989. In 1995, his film The Hardly Boys was screened at the Sundance Film Festival. He has been commissioned to create images for a wide range of projects including a fashion campaign for Acne, a banner for the Metropolitan Opera and covers for numerous magazines, including The New Yorker and, more recently, Wallpaper*. He has appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, The David Letterman Show and The Colbert Report. William Wegman lives in New York and in Maine, and continues to paint, draw, make videos and photograph his dogs, Flo and Topper.