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: New at the Instiute: William Wegman's "Side View"


Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Willliam Wegman
United States, born 1943
Sideview, 1993
Color photolithograph
The William Hood Dunwoody FundWilliam Wegman is indisputably the most widely known artist in the United States. He came to prominence in the 1970s with his engaging, sardonic videos of his pet Weimaraners, which have been widely screened on television ranging from late-night talk shows to Sesame Street.Fortuitously, in 1970, Wegman had purchased a Weimaraner puppy whom he named Man Ray—after the famous Surrealist/Dada artist. Man Ray was a "ham" and loved to be photographed. Because the dog was highly photogenic, patient, and cooperative, he became Wegman's favorite model and worked with the artist until the dog's death in 1982.In 1991, Wegman collaborated with Steven Andersen, master printer at Vermillion Editions, Ltd., Minneapolis, to produce a suite of color lithographs based on photographs of his new Weimaraner Fay Ray. The project was completed in 1993 at Andersen's subsequent Akasha press. Sideview is one of a suite of six color photolithographs issued in an edition of 38. Conceptually, Wegman became intrigued by the formal relationship of the dog's anatomy to the shape of the armchair. Its production is a technical marvel in its complex blending of inks to capture the light silvery chocolate tonality of the dog's coat and the mauve chair. The printing involved several runs through the press to achieve the rich, subtle nuances of color and the darks and highlights. Sideview is currently on exhibit outside of the Herschel V. Jones Print Study Room on the first floor of the Institute.The Institute celebrates contemporary art this summer with its presentation of "Art Works: The PaineWebber Collection of Contemporary Masters" on view in the Dayton Hudson Gallery through September 15, 1996.
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Source: "New at the Institute: William Wegman's 'Sideview,'" <i>Arts</i> 19, no. 7 (July/August 1996): 18.
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Added to Site: March 10, 2009