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William Wegman: Being Human

The first major Australian exhibition of the famed American photographer and his many dog muses.
By Hudson Brown
December 10, 2018
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William Wegman: Being Human

The first major Australian exhibition of the famed American photographer and his many dog muses.
By Hudson Brown
December 10, 2018
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This summer, the National Gallery of Victoria is showcasing the works of William Wegman — a celebrated American photographer, visual artist and dog lover. William Wegman: Being Human, the artist's first major exhibition in Australia, features more than 100 works created throughout his productive 30-year career. In addition, the exhibition will also include 50 photographs that have never been seen by the public before.

Wegman's work first emerged in the 1970s, with much of his career fixated on his favourite dogs and their offspring, relatives and companions — including his now famous dogs Man Ray and Fay Ray. With the dogs showing a great interest in performing in front of the camera (allegedly), Wegman developed somewhat of an obsession, seeing them as an interesting way to reflect the human condition. Through the dogs' poses and outfits, Wegman's work reflects various famous historical moments and pop culture references.

While the wagging Weimaraners may have been the subject of William Wegman's most recognisable works, he was also a prolific painter, photojournalist and admirer of fashion and art history, all of which make appearances throughout the works on display.

William Wegman: Being Human is free to attend, and runs until Sunday March 17, 2019 at the NGV International.

Images: William Wegmen: Being Human 2018, NGV International. Photos by Carmen Zammit.

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