AMERICAN, b. 1943
Though initially trained as a painter, William Wegman is best known for his conceptually-driven photographs and videos featuring dogs. An early adopter of video as an artistic medium, Wegman continues to make work that is equally distinguished by its experimentation while simultaneously appealing to a broad audience. 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, often contrived scenarios. After Man Ray’s death, Wegman’s second dog, Fay Ray, and her offspring became the central characters in his work.