Peter Wegner is an American artist whose work is included in the collections of The Guggenheim Museum, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Art, LA; The Getty Center, LA; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and The Yale University Art Gallery, among others. Wegner graduated from Yale University.
Wegner recently gave a TED talk on his work at TEDxEast (NYC). A book of Wegner's photographic project BUILDINGS MADE OF SKY has just been published by Nazraeli Press. Work from this series was recently on view at Chicago's MCA and will be exhibited at The Getty Center in October 2013. BUILDINGS MADE OF SKY will also be featured in a new book from Phaidon in 2014, "Shooting Space: Architecture & Photography."
In 2011, Wegner completed MONUMENTS TO THE FUTURE, five permanent installations at Stanford University, profiled in the Los Angeles Times. In November 2012, the Museum der bildenden Kunste Leipzig, Leipzig DE, mounted a survey of Wegner's paintings of the last 15 years. In spring 2014, Wegner will complete a new permanent installation for Michigan State University.
Working across disciplines, Wegner creates large-scale installations as well as paintings, sculptures, photographs, works on paper and artist's books. Color and language often play prominent roles in his artwork. Wegner's work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions in New York, Tokyo, Berlin, Los Angeles and New Zealand.
Former Whitney Biennial curator Henriette Huldisch characterizes Wegner's approach as "abstraction via processes of removal, reassembly or interruption." She observes that Wegner's works "interrogate categorical and linguistic abstractions, examine systems of ordering and classifying, and explore the ways in which these structures define our perception. His work asks: Who draws the map? Who owns the name? Who defines the terms?"