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painter , university professor , draughtsperson

William T. Wiley is an American artist.

Background

Wiley, William T. was born on October 21, 1937 in Bedford, Indiana, United States. Son of Sterling P. and Mary (Abel) Wiley.

Education

Raised in Indiana, Texas, and Richland, Washington, Wiley moved to San Francisco to study at the California School of Fine Arts where he earned his BFA in 1960 and his MFA two years later.

Career

His practice spans a broad range of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, film, performance, and pinball. At least some of Wiley's work has been referred to as funk art. In 1963, Wiley joined the faculty of the UC Davis art department with Bay Area Funk Movement artists Robert Arneson and Roy DeForest.

During that time Wiley instructed students including Bruce Nauman and Deborah Butterfield. According to Dan Graham, the literary, punning element of Nauman's work came from Wiley. Wiley also acknowledges the effect Nauman had on his own work.

His first solo exhibition was held at the in 1960. In the late 1960s Wiley collaborated with the minimalist composer Steve Reich and introduced him to Bruce Nauman. Wiley continued to build upon his growing stature as a major artist with works appearing in the Venice Biennial (1980) and Whitney Biennial (1983).

He also had major exhibitions at the (1981), M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco (1996), and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2005). In 2009, the Smithsonian American Art Museum presented a retrospective of Wiley's career titled What's It All Mean: Wiley in Retrospect, from October 2, 2009 through January 24, 2010. A review in the Wall Street Journal stated: "Mr.

Wiley's work is unlike any other in recent art. He is less a contemporary artist than a national treasure." In 2010, the retrospective moved to the Berkeley Art Museum, from March 17 to July 18. The catalogue for the retrospective, "What's It All Mean: Wiley in Retrospect", was co-published by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and University of California Press.

Wiley also has works in the collections of the , the , the , New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., the , the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., the , and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among many others. He is represented by Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco and by Maxwell Davidson Gallery in New York City.

Achievements

  • Wiley was the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship Award in 2004.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Solo exhibitions) Staempfli Gallery, New York City, 1960, 1962, 1964, Hansen Fuller Gallery, San Francisco, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1978, What Is Not Music?, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, West Germany. Galerie Grita Insam, Vienna, Austria, 1987, What Is Not Drawing?, Los Angeles Louver, Venice, California, 1987, William T. Wiley-Recent Work, Max Protetch, 1991, One Man's Moon., Marian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1992, Wm.

      T. Wiley, Walker Hill Museum, 1994, Nothing Lost From The Original, M.H. deYoung Museum, 1995, Concentrations 3: Wm. T. Wiley, The Contemporary Museum, 1996, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1996, Wm. T. Wiley, 60 Works for 60 Years, Albrecht-Kemper Museum, 1997, Recent and Relevant, Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, Santa Fe, NMex.

      , 2000, Unobjektive Art, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC, 2001, No Bull, Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, 2001, Before & After, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, California, 2002 and several others. (traveling exhibitions) American Painting of the 1970's, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, traveled to Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California. Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio.

      Art Museum of Southern Texas, Corpus Christi. Krannert Art Museum, University Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1978-1979, 20th Century Drawings from the Whitney Museum of American Art, traveled to National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. The Cleveland Museum Art.

      California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, California. Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock. Whitney Museum American Art, Fairfield County, Stamford, Connecticut, 1987, William T. Wiley: Struck! Sure? Sound/Unsound, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, travelling to Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.

      Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Laguna Beach, Calif, 1991. (group exhibitions) American Exhibition, Art Institute Chicago, 1961, 1962, Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum American Art, New York City, 1968, When Attitudes Become Form, Kunsthalle, Berne, Switzerland, 1969, 100 Years of California Sculpture, Oakland Museum, Oakland, California, 1982, Language, Drama, Source, Vision, The New Museum, New York City, 1983, Philadelphia Collects: Art Since 1940, Philadelphia Museum Art, 1986, Disarming Images: Art for Nuclear Disarmament, Bronx Museum Arts, 1986, Boston Collects: Contemporary Painting & Sculpture, Museum Fine Arts, Boston, Master of Arts, 1986, San Francisco Lives, San Francisco Museum Modern Art, 1990, California Classics: Art From the 1960's and 1970's, Bayly Art Museum, University Vir., Charlottesville, Vir.

      , 1991, Putting Things Together, The Art Museum of Santa Cruz County, California, 1995, Signs & Symbols, Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York City, 1996, Drawings, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington, DC, 1997, Art Making Book Making Art, San Francisco Art Institute, 1998, Piecing it Together: A Visual Journey, San Jose Museum Art, California, 1999, Made in California, Los Angeles County Museum Art, 2000, Celebrating Modern Art, The Anderson Collection, San Francisco Museum Modern Art, 2000, Fallout, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, California, 2000, Riva Yares 2000, The First 35 Years, Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, Santa Fe, NMex., 2000, Music in My Soul, Portsmouth Museums, Portsmouth, Vir., 2001 and several others.

      (public collections) American Academy & Institute, New York City, Art Institute Chicago, Baltimore Museum Contemporary Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, City of Columbus, Ohio, City of Hayward, California, City of San Francisco, Dallas Museum Art, Denver Art Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Los Angeles County Museum, Museum Fine Arts, Boston, Master of Arts, Museum Modern Art, New York City, National Gallery of Victoria, Victoria, Australia, National Museum American Art, Washington, DC, Philadelphia Museum Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Whitney Museum American Art, New York City, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT and several others.

Views

Quotations: "Mr. Wiley's work is unlike any other in recent art. He is less a contemporary artist than a national treasure." In 2010, the retrospective moved to the Berkeley Art Museum, from March 17 to July 18. The catalogue for the retrospective, "What's It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect".

Connections

Married Dorothy Ann Wiley, September 8, 1959. Children: Ethan J., Zane J.

father:
Sterling P. Wiley

mother:
Mary (Abel) Wiley

spouse:
Dorothy Ann Wiley

children:
Ethan J. Wiley

Zane J. Wiley