William Wegman. Photographer. America.
I was SO excited to see this video pop up on the NY Times site as I’m a mega fan of Mr. Wegman’s. Best known for creating series of compositions involving dogs, primarily his own Weimaraners (my fave breed!) in various costumes and poses. After adopting a Weimeraner named Man Ray in the early 1970s, he embarked on what he describes as a “long and fruitful collaboration” with the canine, featuring his dog in humorous scenarios. After Man Ray’s death, Wegman’s second dog, Fay Ray, and her offspring became the central characters in his work.
Wegman has exhibited extensively throughout the US and abroad, including the 1973 Whitney Annual and the Whitney Biennial in 1981 and 1989. He has been the subject of numerous retrospectives, including William Wegman: Paintings, Drawings, Photographs, Videotapes (Abrams) in 1990, a 20-year survey of his work presented at the Kunstmuseum Lucerne as well as shows at the ICA London, the Stedelijk Museum, the Frankfurt Kunstverein, the Centre Pompidou, the ICA Boston, the Whitney Museum, and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston.