William Wegman is best known for comedic photographs of his Weimaraner dogs. The artist outfits his subjects with costumes and props and poses them in humorous and often quite human positions and situations. Wegman began working with his dog Man Ray, named after the surrealist artist, before creating work with Fan Ray, the successor to his first canine subject; the artist eventually employed Fan Ray's litter as subjects in a number of works in the 1990s.
William Wegman was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1943. The artist received an MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1967 and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston in 1965.
Solo exhibitions of Wegman's work have taken place at: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; the Galerie Met at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City; the Fotomuseum den Haag/Gemeentemuseum den Haag in The Hague, Netherlands; the MLIS Artotheque in Villeurbanne, France; the Museo d’arte della Svizzera Italiana in Lugan in, Switzerland; the San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, California; and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, Maine; among others.
The artist's work is held in the collections of: the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois; MoMA in New York City; and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, among others.
Wegman currently lives and works between New York City and Rangeley, Maine.