After teaching art at various universities, William Wegman began practicing photography and when, in the late 1960s, he acquired his first dog that he symbolically named Man Ray, began a fruitful relationship with what would become his favorite and constant subject: his Weimaraner dogs. What was a first the reason to satisfy a ‘tormented ego’ as he puts it, promptly became an original and iconic project. William Wegman anthropomorphizes those sleek, regal canines that ressemble aristocratic fashion models, questioning his identity via their satyrical portraits. By surrounding his sitters with goofy artifacts, he ruptures their glorious airs. Absurd and mysterious, the patron saint of dogs’s work ressembles a fairytale that mingles the charm of a Walt Disney picture and the farce of Surrealism.
William Wegman was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 1943. He graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, in 1965 with a BFA in painting, then enrolled in the Masters painting and printmaking program at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, receiving an MFA in 1967. After teaching at various universities, Wegman’s interests in areas beyond painting ultimately led him to photography and the infant medium of video.
Study of Painting (MFA) University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
National Endowment for the Arts (Photography)
Creative Arts Public Service
Born Holyoke, MA
Study of Painting (BFA) Massachusettes College of Art, Boston, MA
William Wegman was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 1943. As a young boy Wegman was always fascinated with art. One year he received a Polaroid camera for his birthday which began his fascination with photography. He graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, in 1965 with a BFA in painting, then enrolled in the Masters painting and printmaking program at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, receiving a Masters of Fine Arts degree in 1967.