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36th Poster Artist: William Wegman

We are pleased to announce William Wegman as our 36th Telluride Film Festival poster artist. Known worldwide for his photographs and videos, especially those starring his Weimaraners, Wegman will design, create and present the Festival with its 2009 Festival poster art.

“Given the opportunity to present an idea for the 36th Telluride Film Festival, I immediately came up with the thought of using a photograph of one of my favorite models: Chip,” says Wegman. “A grey velvet curtain falls around him as he patiently awaits further direction, while the audience wonders what cinematic mysteries are hiding behind it.”

Wegman has created two posters for the 36th Telluride Film Festival.  The second poster, available in a limited edition, is from an original painting created for this year’s Festival and will be unveiled over Labor Day weekend.  An exhibition of photographs and paintings related to the Telluride posters will be shown at the Schilling Gallery in Telluride during the Festival’s run. Wegman will also be in attendance at the Festival.

Wegman began his career as a painter, earning a B.F.A. in painting at the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston in 1965 and an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana in 1967.  From the early 70s his work has been exhibited internationally. He is the author of numerous books, and his film and video work have appeared on Saturday Night Live, Nickelodeon and Sesame Street.

Wegman’s recent exhibitions have included retrospectives in Sweden, Japan, Korea and Spain and the touring exhibition “Funny/Strange,” which opened at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 2006 and traveled to the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus in 2007. Wegman’s work is in the permanent collections of museums throughout the US and Europe including The Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA, SFMoMA, MoCA, The LA County Museum of Art, the Ludwig Museum, Cologne and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.