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Frieze

William Wegman2000

SCAD Museum of Art

SCAD Museum of Art

American photographer William Wegman is best known for his iconic photographs of dogs, particularly his own Weimaraners. These endearing, witty and widely-appealing portraits often reinvent images of familiar magazine fashion spreads with the intent of referencing compositions and styles of well-known 20th-century photographers or mimicking scenes from art historical paintings. In Frieze, Wegman aligns a series of five black-and-white images of silver Weimaraners linked together like a train. A single dog seated at either end of the image acts as the head car and the caboose. This image is a humorous nod to notions of progress and forward motion, paying homage to the historically significant late 19th-century series Animal Locomotion by Eadweard Muybridge as well as the cavalry on horseback from the 5th Century BCE Parthenon?s frieze.

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