Fay Ray Celebrates 25 Years as William Wegman's Muse

Posted by David Ozanich — 7 Jan 2011


Apologies to animal lovers as I'm a day late on this one but you'll have to forgive me as I've been completely consumed by Lady Gaga's Polaroid news. Interestingly, this involves polaroids, too.

Anyway, it's the 25th anniversary of the birth of Fay Ray, William Wegman's weimaraner whose modeling prowess made her a Warhol-style "superstar" in Wegman's iconic photography. Seriously, she's a regular Candy Darling. Via Flavorwire:

New York's Senior & Shopmaker Gallery is exhibiting a survey show of vintage 20 x 24 Polaroid prints from the celebrated canine's primary period of creative modeling. Caught in a variety of comical poses, the talented Fay Ray becomes an elephant, lion, dog walker, doll, and a hypnotist's muse on the artist's conceptual commands.

"Fay loved to show off her ability to hold difficult positions," states Wegman in the gallery's online catalogue. "If the pose was too easy for her, she got bored. She required a challenge to keep her intensity. You could see it in her eyes."

Flavorwire has a gallery featuring some of the Fay Ray polaroids in the show. You can also see them for yourself at the Senior & Shopmaker Gallery in New York until January 15th.


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