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William Wegman
Spelling Lesson
1973-1974
Video (black and white, sound) [Still from video]

0:49 min.
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

William Wegman
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."

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Excerpt from Electronic Arts Intermix, New York:

Selected Works: Reel 4 [Includes Spelling Lesson]
William Wegman
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
; Laundromat; 
Saw Movies; 
Cocktail Waiter; 
Nail Business;
 Calling Man Ray; 
New and Used Car Salesman;
 On the Ball;
 Tails; 
Radar Screen; Air Travel
; Growl;
 Spelling Lesson; Criticize Pyramids; Symbolize; The Letter; Mixing Bucket; Bug Repellant; Snowflakes

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View Spelling Lesson and other works by William Wegman  at:
http://www.williamwegman.com/gallery/works.html.

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Additional Information

William Wegman: Biography on Art in Context

William Wegman: Related Links on Art in Context

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William Wegman, American, (1943- )
b. December 2, 1943, Holyoke, MA

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Art in Context - Art for the Day: December 2




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