William Wegman for NYU, with Not a Weimaraner in Sight

bulletins.jpgFor nearly 40 years, the cover of New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) bulletin has featured everything from a
painting on hand-tooled tin (by Joel Nakamura) and an ambitious LEGO sculpture (assembled by Eric Harshbarger and Henry Lim) to the assured, economical lines of Al Hirschfeld and Takashi Murakami‘s pair of Japanimated figures jumping for joy beneath a rainbow-limned Washington Square Arch. For its fall bulletin (pictured in background, at right), NYU-SCPS has commissioned another work by artist William Wegman, who also created the spring bulletin cover (in foreground). As with his creation for spring, there’s not a Weimaraner in sight. The fall cover features one of Wegman’s recent cycle of landscapes that combine found scenic souvenir postcards with drawing, collage, and painting. From the skyline postcard at the center radiate abstract blocks of color and squiggles that visually approximate a bird’s eye view of Manhattan, while the card’s outline is a ghost of the Washington Square Arch that is usually found on bulletin covers. Floating above it all is “New York,” written on the steamy mirror of the city sky.