William Wegman, ‘Modeling School (From Many Ray: A Portfolio of 10 Photographs)’, 1982, Heather James Fine Art: Benefit Auction 2016
William Wegman, ‘Modeling School (From Many Ray: A Portfolio of 10 Photographs)’, 1982, Heather James Fine Art: Benefit Auction 2016
William Wegman, ‘Modeling School (From Many Ray: A Portfolio of 10 Photographs)’, 1982, Heather James Fine Art: Benefit Auction 2016

Originally trained as a painter, William Wegman generated worldwide renown photographing generations of his beloved Weimaraners in different costumes and poses. Modeling School, (1982 silver gelatin print) shows one of the dogs earnestly balancing a book on its head, the soft fur subtly contrasting against the crushed velvet curtain. Over the last 40 years, Wegman’s work has been exhibited at celebrated institutions across the globe, among them the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Brooklyn Museum, New York, and the National Gallery of Australia.

Framed: 16.875 x 12.875 in.

General Electric Corporate Collection
Heather James Fine Art

About William Wegman

Though originally trained in painting, William Wegman is known for his photographic images featuring dogs—primarily his own Weimaraners—in various costumes and poses, and with an array of props. Wegman embarked on a 12-year collaboration with his first dog, Man Ray, who appeared in numerous photographs and videos. In 1986 Wegman acquired a new dog, Fay Ray, beginning a second collaboration in which the artist began using a 20-by-24-inch Polaroid; Wegman’s cast would grow after Fay Ray gave birth to a litter. In Entabled (1988), a Weimaraner is depicted perched demurely on its back atop an antique wooden table, while in Evergreen (2003), Wegman captures his dog’s profile against a stark black background and with a sprig of upside-down foliage balanced on its head. He has also produced artist books in which his dogs feature as the lead characters, as in his much-loved dog version of Cinderella.

American, b. 1943, Holyoke, Massachusetts