Video (black and white, sound) [Still from video]
Collection: Museum of Modern Art, New York. (c)William Wegman, Electronic Arts Intermix.
Museum of Modern Art, New York
View Spelling Lesson video on the artist’s website at http://www.williamwegman.com/splash.html
Spelling Lesson, 1973-1974
Collection: The Museum of Modern Art, New York
"You spelled it B-E-E-C-H which is like... well, there’s a gum called Beech-nut, but we meant beach like the sand. So it should have been B-E-A-C-H."
Excerpt from Electronic Arts Intermix, New York:
Selected Works: Reel 4 [Includes Spelling Lesson]
1973-74, 20:33 min, b&w, sound
Reel 4 includes deadpan conceptual monologues, parodic commercials and demonstrations, and absurdist anecdotes with Man Ray, including visual one-liners in which the dog is subjected to hilarious indignities: Man Ray sleeps peacefully until startled by a loud alarm clock poses awkwardly with his paw on a ball endures a barrage of falling paper. Also included are classic monologue pieces, in which Man Ray serves as the comic foil for Wegman’s droll fictions. In New and Used Car Salesman, Wegman hoists the struggling dog onto his lap to prove his sincerity to the "television" audience. In the classic Spelling Lesson, Man Ray appears contrite as Wegman corrects his spelling test: "You spelled it B-E-E-C-H which is like... well, there’s a gum called Beech-nut, but we meant beach like the sand. So it should have been B-E-A-C-H."
Reel 4 includes the following pieces: Wake Up; Trip Across Country; Down Time
Calling Man Ray;
New and Used Car Salesman;
On the Ball;
Radar Screen; Air Travel
Spelling Lesson; Criticize Pyramids; Symbolize; The Letter; Mixing Bucket; Bug Repellant; Snowflakes
View Spelling Lesson and other works by William Wegman at:
William Wegman: Biography on Art in Context
William Wegman: Related Links on Art in Context
William Wegman, American, (1943- )
b. December 2, 1943, Holyoke, MA
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Art in Context - Art for the Day: December 2