WILLIAM F. WEEGE
Born 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
"Peace Is Patriotic", a portfolio made for his M.F.A. award by the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1968 demonstrated Weege's mastery of photo-reproduction techniques and made clear his objections to the escalation of American troops in Vietnam. The Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the New York Public Library quickly snapped up the topical prints with a psychedelic aesthetic. Weege also sold many of the prints during the National Mobilization Committee's anti-birthday party for Lyndon Johnson held in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. After joining the faculty of the University of Wisconsin in the fall of 1971, he established the Jones Road Print Shop and Stable and began printing on handmade papers, an interest inspired by his wife, horticulturalist Sue Steinmann. During his 1982 residency, Weege created relief monotypes dominated by a palette of purples, blues, and red known collectively as the "Non-Tacky Series". Like other work from this period these monotypes contain dense layers of linear patterns-- circles, triangles, spirals, pictograms, and hieratic writing-- derived from global and ancient sources.
Non-Tacky Series, I
1982; relief monotype on handmade paper; sheet: 27 x 18 3/4 (68.58 x 45.72); unique