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William Wegman

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Holyoke, Massachusetts

Birth year

Lives in
New York

Works in
New York

Current Exhibitions and Events
May, 2015 In Focus: Animalia
Getty Center Los Angeles

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:

Oct, 2015 Photo 15
Milk Studios
Jan, 2015 Self: Portraits of Artists in their Absence
National Academy Museum
Jan, 2015 Signs / Words
Sperone Westwater
Dec, 2014 Recent Acquisitions
The Honolulu Museum of Art
Nov, 2014 Cubism and Other -isms
Senior & Shopmaker Gallery
Oct, 2014 FIERCE CREATIVITY curated by Chuck Close and Jessica Craig-Martin
Pace Gallery - 57th St.
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William Wegman has Exhibited at these venues:

Milk Studios Getty Center Los Angeles
National Academy Museum Sperone Westwater
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 Marc Selwyn Fine 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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