Lisa Baker, Saks Fifth Avenue and Marc Selwyn Fine Art, in collaboration with the Arts and Culture Commission of the city of Beverly Hills are, have announced the unveiling of a large scale, multi-screen video installation by internationally renowned artist William Wegman.
The installation, consisting of two works, “Up Down Up” and “Harmonics,” will span across six storefront windows at the former Barneys New York building at 9570 Wilshire Blvd., the future site of Saks Fifth Avenue’s expanded Beverly Hills location.
The installation will be unveiled at 6 p.m. on Feb. 16 and will be on view daily from 5:30 p.m. until midnight through March 30.
“I am pleased to contribute to this William Wegman exhibition. I have been an admirer and collector of Wegman’s work and am delighted to share it with others,” Baker said.
In “Up Down Up,” Wegman’s Weimaraners, Flo and Topper, turn the screen into an elevator or people-mover, mirroring the pedestrians and the cars passing by, occasionally connecting with a glance as they shift along.
In “Harmonics,” Wegman’s mastery of transformation is on display. The viewer experiences a line of 28 perfectly synchronized dogs against a black backdrop. One moment the dogs are a chorus line, then an undulating wave.
“We are pleased that Saks Fifth Avenue and Lisa Baker have made possible this site specific installation by William Wegman, a pioneer in the medium of video art who made some of his most important work in Southern California,” said Marc Selwyn, owner of Marc Selwyn Fine Art.
Beginning in the 1970s, often in collaboration with his Weimaraner Man Ray, Wegman created some of the first and most memorable works in the then new medium of video art.
A principal figure in the West Coast conceptual art movement, the art Wegman created elucidates the absurd, transforming everyday experience to alarming comic effect. Wegman’s iconic video, “Dog Duet,” features a pair of dogs moving in remarkable concert and reveals the trick behind the baffling choreography only in its final seconds.
Wegman’s work is in the permanent collections of The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and many other institutions worldwide.
Wegman is represented by Marc Selwyn Fine Art, which has shown his work since 2007. A new exhibition coinciding with the upcoming publication, “William Wegman: Writing by Artist,” will open at the gallery in June 2022.
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