[Fay], after all, is just a hapless beast who has become a starlet because she landed in the hands of [William Wegman], who turned another Weimaraner into an art-world darling. Man Ray, a dog named for the Surrealist painter and photographer, was the subject of Wegman's deadpan comic photographs and videotapes. As a result, he achieved more fame than most artists dare to desire. After his death of cancer, in 1982, the Village Voice ran Man Ray's picture on the cover and named him Man of the Year. He has also been a cover boy on Artforum, Camera Arts and a Sotheby's auction catalogue.
According to "Man's Best Friend," a book on Wegman and Man Ray, the 43-year-old artist never planned to exploit his pets or even to own one. His former wife's insistence on having a dog pushed him into buying Man Ray and because the puppy was always in the way, Wegman started using him as a model. Apparently Man Ray was so desperate for attention that he was willing to put up with almost any indignity to get it.