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William Wegman

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Holyoke, Massachusetts

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New York

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New York


William Wegman is an American artist best known for creating series of compositions involving dogs, primarily his own Weimaraners in various costumes and poses.

While teaching at California State University, Long Beach, he acquired the first and most famous of the dogs he photographed, a Weimaraner he named Man Ray (after the artist and photographer). Man Ray later became so popular that the Village Voice named him "Man of the Year" in 1982. His photos are held in permanent collections of the Hammer Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. His photos and videos have also been a popular success, and have appeared in books, advertisements, films, as well as on television programs like Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live.

The Brooklyn Museum explored 40 years of Wegman’s work in all media in the 2006 retrospective William Wegman: Funney/Strange. The exhibition also ran at the Wexner Center for the Arts in 2007.


Recent Exhibits

William Wegman participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2016 Land Escapes
Joshua Liner Gallery
Apr, 2016 William Wegman: New and Used Furniture 1972 - 2015
Marc Selwyn Fine Art
Mar, 2016 William Wegman: Postcard Paintings
Sperone Westwater
Oct, 2015 Artists Including Me: William Wegman
San Jose Museum of Art
Oct, 2015 Photo 15
Milk Studios
May, 2015 In Focus: Animalia
Getty Center Los Angeles
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Joshua Liner Gallery Marc Selwyn Fine Art
Sperone Westwater San Jose Museum of Art
Milk Studios Getty Center Los Angeles
National Academy Museum The Honolulu Museum of Art
Senior & Shopmaker Gallery Pace Gallery - 57th St.
Fred Torres Gallery Blanton Museum of Art
Scott Nichols Gallery Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Beck Building)
MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) Mixed Greens Gallery
Pavel Zoubok Gallery Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea
Craig F. Starr Gallery Ikkan Art Gallery
Peabody Essex Museum Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago
MA GALERIE - Samuel Le Paire The Metropolitan Museum of Art
South London Gallery Gagosian Gallery - 980 Madison Ave.
Russell Bowman Art Advisory Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
Houston Center for Photography GRAPHICSTUDIO | Institute for Research in Art
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum Salon 94 Freemans
Andrew Kreps Gallery @ 537 W. 22nd Metro Pictures
Galerie Micheline Szwajcer Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Tampa Museum of Art
Pomona College Museum of Art Las Cruces Museum of Art
Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) Guild Hall
Carl Hammer Gallery Monroe Gallery of Photography
Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen Arena 1 Gallery
Michael Rosenthal Gallery Samson Projects
Jen Bekman Thomas Solomon Gallery
A.M. Richard Fine Art Beck & Eggeling
One Hudson Square Splashlight Studios, SOHO
Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery Zieher Smith & Horton
MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave. Jack Shainman Gallery 20th Street
White Columns Lower East Side Printshop, Inc.
Centre Pompidou SF Camerawork
MOCA Pacific Design Center Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Smashbox Studios Exit Art, SoHo
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