JOAN SIMON is curator-at-large for the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She is also a contributing editor to Art in America and has worked independently for museums, foundations, and publishers in the U.S. and Europe.
Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts (April 7 - July 31, 2007) Addison Gallery of American Art Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach (November 4, 2006 - January 28, 2007) Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. ( July 4 - September 24, 2006) Smithsonian American Art Museum The Brooklyn Museum (March 10 - May 28, 2006) The Brooklyn Museum "The retrospective of William Wegman's multifarious career... simultaneously confirms why Mr. Wegman hasn't always received the respect he deserves and why he deserves it. The short explanation-on both counts-is that he has been too innovatively funny for too long and on too many levels (visual, verbal, commercial and arty) for people to see the serious artist behind the inveterate jokester. He's also been funny in too many mediums for his achievement to be easily grasped... In his long and productive career, Mr.Wegman has remained as true as any of his legendary 1970's contemporaries to the belief that the artist's job is to make something that doesn't look like art... His best work juggles the many balls of Post-Minimalism-process, language, performance-with an amateurish finesse that few of his contemporaries match... He has not only embraced Americana, but he has also become part of it."-Roberta Smith, The New York Times -- Roberta Smith The New York Times