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William Wegman (American, b.1943)
LOT ID: 74691
Elks Club, 1980

Other, Instant color print
24.19 х 20.69 in. (61.44 x 52.55 cm.)
Signed, numbered, titled and dated on recto.
Print/Casting Year 1980
Edition 20 of 40 unique prints
Lot description
In the very early years when Wegman was working with the large-format polaroid camera, he made rapid shots of the same subject / set-up. Each shot is slightly different, although Wegman called it an edition. This work is number 20 from an edition of 40 unique prints. The subject here is his first Weimaraner, Man Ray. This work is part of the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

American Photographer William Wegman (b. 1943) is best known for his portrayals of dogs, primarily his own Weimaraners, dressed in costume and placed in human scenarios. Initially, Wegman sought to pursue a career as a painter, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Massachusetts College of Art in 1965 and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1967. While teaching at California State University in Long Beach, Wegman adopted his first Weimaraner, who he named after the artist Man Ray, which became the artist’s iconic inspiration. His photos have appeared in books, advertisements, and films, as well as on television programs such as Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live. In 2006, a major retrospective of Wegman’s work traveled around the country to the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Norton Museum of Art and the Addison Gallery.

Select Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Elks Club by William Wegman
  • Elks Club by William Wegman
  • Elks Club by William Wegman
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