William Wegman, ‘Outtake from Chip Wants a Dog’, 1999, Heritage Auctions
William Wegman, ‘Outtake from Chip Wants a Dog’, 1999, Heritage Auctions
William Wegman, ‘Outtake from Chip Wants a Dog’, 1999, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Unmounted; not framed; indentations to the upper left corner and lower margin, most noticeable in raking light.

Signature: Signed and dated in ink on verso.

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