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  William Wegman Biography

William Wegman Biography

born Holyoke, MA 1943

William Wegman (b. 1943 in Holyoke, Massachusetts) is an art photographer famous for his soulful compositions involving his Weimaraner dogs in various costumes and poses. Originally intending to pursue a career as a painter, Wegman received a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1967.

While teaching at California State University, Long Beach Wegman acquired the first and most famous of the dogs he photographed. He named the Weimaraner Man Ray after the artist and photographer. Man Ray became so popular that the Village Voice named the dog "Man of the Year" in 1982. A subsequent dog was given the name Fay Ray (a play on the name of actress Fay Wray). Wegman's photos are in the permanent collections at the Hammer Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Wegman's photos and videos have also appeared in books, advertisments, films, and on the television programs Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live. In 2006, Wegman's work will be featured in a retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Norton Museum of Art, and the Addison Gallery. Wegman lives in New York and Maine.

Select Timeline

  • 1967 - MFA from the University of Illinois Champagne-Urbana
  • 1968-1970 He taught at the University of Wisconsin in Wasau, Waukesha and in Madison.
  • 1970 - Moved to Southern California to begin a one year teaching position at California State College, Long Beach.
  • 1972 - Wegman and Man Ray moved to New York and continued a collaboration that was to last for twelve years.
  • 1986 - a new dog, Fay Ray, came into Wegman's life
  • 1989 - Birth of Fay's litter, Wegman's cast grew to include Fay's offspring: Battina, Crooky and Chundo.
  • 1989 - Wegman's film "The Hardly Boys", starring his favorite actors, Fay, Battina, Crooky and Chundo, was screened at the Sundance Film Festival
  • 1995 - Battina's son Chip
  • 1999 - Chip's son Bobbin
  • 2000 - Candy in 2000
  • 2004 - Candy and Bobbin's daughter Penny

Select Exhibitions

  • 2006 - Summer Exhibition, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2006 - Good Vibrations: Le arti visive e il Rock, Palazzo delle Papesse, Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena
  • 2006 - A Curator's Eye: The Visual Legacy of Robert A. Sobieszek, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2006 - Animal Series, The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
  • 2006 - History of disappearance: 30degrees anniversario della Franklin Furnace, Neon, La fabbrica del vapore, Milano
  • 2006 - William Wegman: Funney/Strange, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2006 - William Wegman: New & Improved, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2005 - Fur, Feathers And Family: Our Relationship With Animals, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
  • 2005 - The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography 1960-1982, Miami Art Central, Miami, FL
  • 2005 - New at the Neuberger: Recent Acquisitions, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
  • 2005 - William Wegman, Galerie Stephen Hoffman, Munich
  • 2005 - Atelier Adamson: David Adamson and his friends, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul
  • 2005 - Looking at Words, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2005 - 50 Jahre: Years documenta 1955-2005, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel
  • 2005 - Keys to the Koop: Humor and Satire in Contemporary Printmaking, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
  • 2005 - History of Disappearance, BALTIC The Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England
  • 2005 - 100 Artists See God, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA
  • 2004 - Keys to the Koop: Humor and Satire in Contemporary Printmaking, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
  • 2004 - The Last Picture Show, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur
  • 2004 - 100 Artists See God, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England
  • 2004 - From a Collection, For a Collection, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Duesseldorf
  • 2004 - Photography at Colby, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
  • 2004 - dog days of summer, California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA
  • 2004 - Recent Polaroids, Galerie Bugdahn and Kaimer, Dusseldorf, Germany (solo)
  • 2004 - William Wegman, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX (solo)
  • 2003 - 2004 - William Wegman: Recent Polaroids, Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA (solo)
  • 2003 - William Wegman, Centro Jose Guerrero, Diputacion de Granada, Spain (catalogue) (solo)
  • 2003 - William Wegman, Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York
  • 2003 - William Wegman, Charlotte Lund Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2002 - William Wegman in the 59th Minute: Video Art on the Times Square Astrovision, Creative Time and Panasonic, New York
  • 2002 - William Wegman: Indian in the Refrigerator and Other Printed Works, Printed Matter, New York
  • 2002 - William Wegman: Recent Work, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX
  • 2002 - William Wegman, Roman Zenner, Stuttgart, Germany (catalogue)
  • 2002 - William Wegman: Fashion Photographs…and More: Works on Paper and Video, 1970 to 2001, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
  • 2002 - William Wegman: Early Video/Recent Video, New Drawings/Earlier Paintings, Texas Gallery, Houston, TX; Gorney, Bravin & Lee, New York, NY
  • 2002 - Photo + Drawing + Video = William Wegman, South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 2002 - William Wegman, Savage, Portland, OR
  • 2001 - William Wegman: Fashion Photographs, University of Southern Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL
  • 2001 - William Wegman: Early Works, Patrick & Beatrice Haggerty Museum, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2001 - William Wegman, Patrick De Brock Gallery, Belgium
  • 2001 - William Wegman: Serie "La Iglesia", Galeria De Aizpuru, Madrid, Spain
  • 2000 - William Wegman, The Art of Narrative, Pillsbury and Peters Fine Art Dallas, TX
  • 2000 - William Wegman: Drawing, Video, Painting, The MAC Dallas, TX
  • 1999 - Attention, Art: Concept, Paris, France
  • 1999 - William Wegman: Fashion Photographs, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham
  • 1998 - William Wegman, Center for Contemporary Art Malmo, Sweden
  • 1998 - Wild Things: Artist Views of the Animal World, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • 1997 - Finders/Keepers, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
  • 1997 - William Wegman. Dessins/Drawings: 1973-1997, F.R.A.C. Limousin Limoges, France
  • 1997 - Polaroids and Other Photographs, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 1996 - William Wegman: Fay's Fairy Tales, Musee d'Art Contemporain de Montreal, Canada
  • 1996 - The Art Embodied, Musee de Marseilles, France
  • 1996 - Picture This, University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
  • 1995 - Photographs, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 1995 - International Museum of Photography, Rochester, NY
  • 1995 - William Wegman: Photographs, Aspen Art Museum

Select Artwork

  • Parfait - 1998, Iris ink-jet on watercolour paper
  • Two in Three, 1998, Pigment print photograph
  • Double Profile, 1998, Iris ink-jet on watercolour paper
  • Island Hopping - 2001, c-print photograph
  • Boat in the River - 2001
  • Ducky - 2003
  • Game Board - 2003
  • Three for the Road - 2003
  • General Store - 2004
  • Flora in Fauna - 2004, c-print photograph
  • Red Detachment - 2005
  • Framed Photo - 2005
  • Blue Under Over - 2005
  • The Beadles - 2003, c-print photograph
  • Wheatie - 2003, c-print photograph
  • Ladder Day - 2000, c-print photograph
  • Souvenir - 2002, color lithograph with lithographic collage
  • Pen Pals - 2006
  • Ride - 1993, Photolithograph
  • New Dawn - 2006, pigment print photograph
  • Flag Raising Moment - 2006
  • Stepping - 2003, 4-panel pigment print photograph
  • Catch - 2005, 3-panel pigment print photograph
  • Ethiopia - 2005, Pigment print photograph
  • Malta - 2005, Pigment print photograph
  • Tall Hat - 2005
  • Green Beret - 2005
  • Land O' Lakes - 2004, Pigment print photograph
  • Shore Liner - 2002, color lithograph with lithographic collage
  • Leafy Vale - 2005, Pigment print photograph
  • Foot Field - 2006
  • Candy Up - 2006, Pigment print photograph

Select Filmography

  • Dog Baseball (1986)
  • Blue Monday '88 (1989) (New Order Music Video)
  • Alphabet Soup (1995)
  • Front Porch (1999)
  • Farm Days
  • Fay
  • How Do You Get to MoMaQnse
  • Milk/Floor (released on "Selected Video Works 1970-78")
  • Stomach Song (released on "Selected Video Works 1970-78")
  • Randy's Sick (released on "Selected Video Works 1970-78")
  • Pocketbook Man (released on "Selected Video Works 1970-78")
  • Talking Fish (released on "Selected Video Works 1970-78")
  • Out and In (released on "Selected Video Works 1970-78")
  • Rage and Depression (released on "Selected Video Works 1970-78")
  • Massage Chair (released on "Selected Video Works 1970-78")
  • Crooked Finger/Crooked Stick (released on "Selected Video Works 1970-78")
  • Deodorant (released on "Selected Video Works 1970-78")
  • Growl (released on "Selected Video Works 1970-78")
  • Spelling Lesson (released on "Selected Video Works 1970-78")
  • Drinking Milk (released on "Selected Video Works 1970-78")
  • Starter (released on "Selected Video Works 1970-78")
  • Bad Movies (released on "Selected Video Works 1970-78")
  • House for Sale (released on "Selected Video Works 1970-78")
  • Horseshoes (released on "Selected Video Works 1970-78")

Quotes

  • "Just to take a walk in the woods isn't interesting, but to pursue trout!?"

Publications

  • Wegmanology - by William Wegman, Hyperion; 1st edition (September 1, 2001)
  • William Wegman : Fashion Photographs - by Ingrid Sisch, William Wegman, Harry N. Abrams (March 1, 2000)
  • ABC - by William Wegman, Hyperion (May 2, 1994)
  • Fay - by William Wegman,
  • William Wegman Puppies - by William Wegman, Hyperion; 1st edition (October 15, 1997)
  • Cinderella (Fay's Fairy Tales) - by William Wegman, Hyperion; 1st ed edition (April 1, 1993) - Children's book
  • William Wegman's Farm Days - by William Wegman, Hyperion; 1st ed edition (April 1, 1997) - Children's book
  • William Wegman Man's Best Friend 2007 Wall Calendar (Calendar) - by William Wegman, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (August 1, 2006)
  • Man's Best Friend - by William Wegman, Harry N. Abrams; New Ed edition (April 1, 1999)
  • Wegman's Mother Goose - by William Wegman, Hyperion; 1st ed edition (September 1, 1996) - Children's book
  • William Wegman: Funney/Strange - by Joan Simon, William Wegman, Yale University Press (March 6, 2006)
  • Little Red Riding Hood (Fay's Fairy Tales) - by William Wegman, Hyperion (November 9, 1993) - Children's book
  • Chip Wants a Dog - by William Wegman, Hyperion (May 1, 2003) - Children's book
  • My Town - by William Wegman, Hyperion (October 20, 1998) - Children's book
  • Surprise Party - by William Wegman, Hyperion; 1st ed edition (April 1, 2000) - Children's book
  • Dress Up Batty - by William Wegman, Hyperion (October 1, 2004) - Children's book

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