Final weeks of ‘Being Human’ at Christchurch Art Gallery, NZ

The first and only New Zealand exhibition of American artist William Wegman’s photographic work will close on 4 August 2019. William Wegman: Being Human has been produced by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/New York/Paris/Lausanne, in collaboration with Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, and tracks the relationship between the enigmatic American artist and his four-legged muses across three decades.

Wegman’s first collaborator was the camera-loving Weimaraner Man Ray: an insistent participant in Wegman’s work in the 1970s just as the artist’s work began to receive critical acclaim for its contribution to conceptualism. In the mid-1980s, his second Weimaraner, Fay Ray, and several generations of puppies provided further inspiration and an ongoing cast of characters for Wegman’s photographs. The exhibition examines Wegman’s relationship with his unusual muses, as well the artist’s choice of sets, costumes and props, all of which reveal a fascination with art history – from cubism, colour field painting and abstract expressionism to constructivism, conceptualism and photography.

Blair Jackson, Director of Christchurch Art Gallery, has said: “Wegman is a very significant American artist and this is his first and only show in New Zealand, so we are thrilled to have such a thorough representation of his work on show here at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.”

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