Peter Wegner is an American artist and graduate of Yale University. He lives in California with his wife and child.


Wegner’s practice explores the gap between what we see and what we know. He focuses on systems – of color, language, architecture and mapping. For Wegner, systems are rarely systematic. They are instead contingent, ad hoc and incomplete. Hence Wegner's paradoxical artwork: walls made of paper, buildings made of sky, monuments to the process of change itself. 


His work belongs to the permanent collections of many museums, including:
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 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

Wegner has written that his work “begins in the world.” He goes on to say that “Nothing is truly separable from anything else; Nothing is set apart. Objects by their nature are ambiguous, attached, embedded.”
Systems often appear in Wegner’s work, common ways to name and number, classify and code, measure and map. Wegner has described these common forms of organizing experience as “invisible” because too familiar. “As a culture, we’ve lost our amazement. My job is to bring it back, to recognize the beauty and strangeness of the most ordinary things.”

Four permanent installations by Wegner are located on the Stanford University campus, including his epic Monument to Change As it Changes.


Private collections include The Panza Collection, Varese IT and Sammlung Rosenkranz, Berlin DE.


Wegner's work has been widely exhibited domestically and internationally. In 2016, the US State Department acquired three paintings from his Color Wheel series. A survey of Wegner's painting was organized by the Leipzig Museum in 2012. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Lever House and The Bohen Foundation (both NYC). In recent years, SFMOMA has showcased Wegner’s diverse body of work, exhibiting three large installations (including The United States of Nothing) and his photographic series Buildings Made of Sky. 


View Wegner's talk at TEDx New York.


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