Peter Wegner is an American artist and graduate of Yale University. 


Permanent museum collections holding his work include:

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York NY
The Museum of Modern Art, New York NY
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco CA
The Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven CT
The San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose CA
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo NY
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles CA
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles CA
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles CA
The University of Colorado Art Museum, Boulder CO
The Ackland Art Museum, UNC, Chapel Hill NC
Museum der bildenden Kunste, Leipzig DE


First recognized as a painter, Wegner's practice includes installation, photography, sculpture, collage and artist's books.


Wegner's primary concern is color, often referencing the grids, charts, names and codes by which we organize visual perception.


Widely exhibited domestically and internationally, Wegner's work has been the subject of solo presentations at Lever House (NYC), The Bohen Foundation (NYC) and MdbK (Leipzig DE).


Wegner's institutional commissions have become increasingly architectural both in reference and scale. Four permanent installations by Wegner are located on the Stanford University campus, notably Monument to Change As It Changes.


Using split-flap technology, this epic work explores the process of change through color and motion. A constantly evolving series of compositions are revealed over the course of a day. 


Since 1998, SFMOMA has showcased the diversity of Wegner's artistic output.


The museum has twice devoted an entire wall to his neon installation The United States of Nothing. Two adjacent galleries were subsequently given over to Wegner's stacked paper installation, Guillotine of Sunlight/Guillotine of ShadeAdditional works exhibited include an early grid from his photographic project Buildings Made of Sky; Wegner's first artist's book, American Types; and an early painting from his series Remarks on Color. 


In 2023, Wegner will install three large-scale artworks commissioned by the city of Palo Alto CA. Recent public commissions include Wolfsburg Hauptbahnhof.


Wegner's projects often contain an element of paradox. Hundreds of thousands of sheets of colored paper stacked on end to create a solid wall. A map of neon placenames evoking nothingness. Cityscapes upended to reveal a parallel architecture of the air. A monument not to a person or historical event, but to the process of change itself.


Artist's books created by Wegner have been acquired by The Spencer Collection of the New York Public Library, The MOMA Library, The Getty Research Institute, Museum Folkwang (Essen DE) and The Haas Collection of Yale University.


Private collections with significant holdings of artwork by Wegner include The Panza Collection, Varese IT and Sammlung Rosenkranz, Berlin DE.


View Wegner's talk at TEDx New York.