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William T. Wiley (born October 21, 1937, in Bedfordmarker, Indianamarker) is a contemporary Americanmarker artist. 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.

Life and work

Raised in Indianamarker, Texasmarker, and Richland, Washingtonmarker, William T. Wiley moved to San Francisco to study at the California School of Fine Artsmarker where he earned his B.F.A. in 1960 and his M.F.A. two years later in 1962.In 1963, Wiley joined the faculty of the UC Davismarker 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 San Francisco Museum of Modern Artmarker 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 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1981), M.H. deYoung Museum, San Francisco (1996), and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2005).

In 2009, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will present a retrospective of Wiley's career titled What's It All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect, from October 2, 2009 through January 24, 2010.

Wiley also has works in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, among many others. Wiley was the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship Award in 2004.



  2. Artspeak, by Robert Atkins, 1990, ISBN 1-55859-127-3
  3. William Wiley - San Francisco Art Institute
  4. myartspace>blog: Art Space Talk: William T. Wiley
  5. Dan Graham, Alexander Alberro, Two-Way Mirror Power: Selected Writings by Dan Graham on His Art, MIT Press, 1999, p112. ISBN 0262571307
  6. Wiley quoted by Paul J. Karlstrom in Stephanie Barron, Sheri Bernstein, Ilene Susan Fort, Reading California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000, University of California Press, 2000, p100. ISBN 0520227670
  7. Robert C. Morgan, Bruce Nauman, JHU Press, 2002, p61. ISBN 0801869064
  10. List of Collections from

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