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11
May
09

Exhibition: ‘William Wegman: Fay’ at the Akron Art Museum, Ohio

Exhibition dates: 16th May – 16th August 2009

 

A selection of photographs of Fay by William Wegman. Gotta love that dog!

Marcus

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Many thankx to the Akron Art Museum for allowing me to publish the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.

 

 

William Wegman. 'Front Facade' 1993

 

William Wegman
Front Facade
1993
Polaroid
Courtesy of the artist

 

William Wegman. 'Miss Mit' 1993

 

William Wegman
Miss Mit
1993
Polaroid
Courtesy of the artist

 

William Wegman. 'On Set' 1994

 

William Wegman
On Set
1994
Polaroid
Courtesy of the artist

 

William Wegman. 'Patriotic Poodle' 1994

 

William Wegman
Patriotic Poodle
1994
Polaroid
Courtesy of the artist

 

 

The Akron Art Museum is deeply honoured to be one of only two venues to present William Wegman: Fay, a wonderfully witty and moving exhibition about the artistic collaboration between William Wegman (b. 1943) and his celebrated Weimaraner Fay (1984-1995).

The breadth of Wegman’s audience is truly remarkable. In addition to being internationally renowned in art circles, he is one of the few artists to successfully disseminate his work – especially the photographs, videos and books featuring his beloved Weimaraner dogs – through the mass media.

Wegman is a conceptual artist who works in many different media. Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 1943, he graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1965 with a BFA in painting. Subsequently, he enrolled in the Masters painting and printmaking program at the University of Illinois. In 1970, he moved to southern California and began exhibiting his photographs. He was one of the earliest artists to explore video and has used photography for over four decades.

While living in California, Wegman acquired Man Ray, a Weimaraner whom he named after the surrealist French photographer. The dog became his partner in both life and art during their 12 year collaboration. Man Ray became so famous that, upon his passing, he was named ‘Man of the Year’ by the New York City newspaper The Village Voice.

Grief-stricken by Ray’s death, Wegman made the decision not to get another dog, but some years later he came to meet another Weimaraner:

“When we first met in Memphis, Tennessee, she was six months old and her name was Cinnamon Girl. I named her Fay after Fay Wray, of course, but also after my first colour Polaroid with Man Ray and the nail polish, which I had titled Fay Ray. Her fur was taupe, lighter and warmer-toned than Man Ray’s, and she had yellow eyes like in a Rousseau painting. I had no intention of photographing Fay. Man Ray was irreplaceable. I didn’t want to mar my memory of him.

… In a short time Fay matured from a coltish youth into a Garboesque beauty. My pictures grew with her. Now she was the muse, the adored one. Skin-deep beauty became the soul of my work.” ~ William Wegman, Polaroids, New York, 2002

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Fay had a chameleon-like quality very different from Man Ray’s concrete presence. The bond between the artist and his muse is undeniable. Images of Fay balanced upon an ironing boarding in Sphinx (1987) and coolly starting into the lens from beneath a black net in Netted (1988) show her deep trust in Wegman. His work with Fay captures the canine in a spectrum of emotions. Her huge, expressive citron eyes convey in one shot tragedy and in the next, joy. A series of photographs show Fay swathed in human clothing, posed as a woman, with the human arms and legs of her co-model. The canine appears part human, her expression incredibly familiar. Fay also posed with a variety of props, from roller-skates to masks of fruit, flowers and other found objects.

The Akron Art Museum is fortunate to be able to include in this exhibition not just black and white photographs but also large format Polaroids and chromogenic (colour) prints, from the artist’s personal collection. In addition to 56 still photographs, extensive selections from Wegman’s videos featuring Fay will be on continuous view in the exhibition.”

Text from the Akron Art Museum website

 

William Wegman. 'Basic Shapes In Color' 1993

 

William Wegman
Basic Shapes In Color
1993
Chromogenic colour print
24″ x 20″
Courtesy of the artist

 

William Wegman. 'Fay Ray' 1988

 

William Wegman
Fay Ray
1988
Gelatin silver print
16.2 x 16.2 cm. (6.4 x 6.4 in.)
Courtesy of the artist

 

William Wegman. 'Oaken' 1992

 

William Wegman
Oaken
1992
Chromogenic colour print
Courtesy of the artist

 

William Wegman. Lawn-Chair-1988

 

William Wegman
Lawn Chair
1988
Chromogenic colour print
Courtesy of the artist

 

William Wegman. 'Retriever' 1994

 

William Wegman
Retriever
1994
Chromogenic colour print
Courtesy of the artist

 

William Wegman. 'U-Tree' 1992

 

William Wegman
U-Tree
1992
Chromogenic colour print
Courtesy of the artist

 

William Wegman. 'Untitled (Ghent Fay with Apples)' 1990

 

William Wegman
Untitled (Ghent Fay with Apples)
1990
Chromogenic colour print
Courtesy of the artist

 

 

Akron Art Museum
One South High
Akron, Ohio 44308

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Tuesday – Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
Closed Monday

Akron Art Museum website

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Dr Marcus Bunyan

Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His art work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes Art Blart, a photographic archive and form of cultural memory, which posts mainly photography exhibitions from around the world. He holds a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne, a Master of Arts (Fine Art Photography) from RMIT University, and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

Marcus Bunyan black and white archive: ‘Mask’ 1994

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