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Norman Rockwell’s Best Friends
New exhibition focuses on dogs’ role
It’s hard to imagine the world of Norman Rockwell (1894–1978) without the sweet, loyal presence of dogs. Sleeping peacefully, waiting patiently or eagerly joining in children’s adventures, dogs were an abiding presence in his Saturday Evening Post cover paintings, story illustrations, advertisements and family Christmas cards throughout his career. They were also constant companions in Rockwell...
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Reason #179 to Love Senior Dogs
They photograph fantastically, just ask Nancy LeVine
One of my dogs is getting on in years. She’s 13-plus, a little stiff in the hind end, her black fur is flecked with more white than in the past and her irises are cloudy. She’s getting The Look—a world-wise sweetness that melts my heart on a regular basis. Nancy LeVine knows all about The Look. She’s photographed senior dogs around the country, capturing their nobility, grace and fragility....
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Gauguin: The Ultimate Global Traveler
Paul Gauguin, who seemed to be running away to an “elsewhere,” lived an extraordinary life. In doing so, he helped craft an almost mythological image of himself, an image that inspired the title of a current exhibit at the National Gallery of Art: “Gauguin: Maker of Myth.” In writing about it for the New York Times, Holland Cotter characterized the artist as “a dreadful man who made some...
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Dan Adams
Love Is a Dog exhibit
Artist Dan Adams packs a lot of dog energy and expressiveness into his compact oil paintings.
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Winning Dog Art for Wine Label Contest
Artist Nancy Schutt takes it with “Out of Reach”
Over the years, Mutt Lynch Winery has created wines with names such as “Unleashed Chardonnay” and “Merlot Over and Play Dead.” They consistently combine a love of dogs with a love of wines, and the results are often as charming as they are delicious. They just announced the winner of their third annual wine label contest, which is “Out of Reach” by artist Nancy Schutt. There were many...
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Pierre Bonnard
A painter’s view of family and friends.
Bonnard, 1941
In one of his earliest paintings, simply titled Woman with Dog, the painter of private French life Pierre Bonnard caught his sister Andrée as she solemnly leaned down to touch the family pet; in response, the dog knowingly raised a paw to “shake.” In this gentle, sweet scene, the figures turn inward; at the bottom, near the center of the composition, hand and paw come together, forming a...
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Max Miller’s Canine Kaleidoscope
Pictures in an Exhibition
Max Miller Art
Max Miller is known for abstract paintings that embrace color and line, as well as figurative works with human and animal subjects; dogs are among his favorites. On occasion, he employs both genres in a hybrid style perhaps best described as canine psychedelia. These oils and watercolors explode with color and shimmer with richly decorated backgrounds—it’s as though the dogs have leaped into the...
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Still Life with Animated Dogs
An artist's life and the dogs who have shared it, is examined
When Paul Fierlinger was living in Prague in the 1960s, his dogs kept his spirit alive. Living under totalitarian rule, surrounded by suspicion and class hatred, Fierlinger might have perished had it not been for Roosevelt, a charmer who knew how to sneak into restaurants undetected, and Ike, a friend so vital, true and ultimately essential that in six years Fierlinger was never once separated...
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Calling All Artists Inspired by Naughty Pups
For the third annual Mutt Lynch Winery label contest
Our friends over at Mutt Lynch Winery in Sonoma, Calif., and Dog Art Today recently launched their third annual wine label contest, and we want to spread the word to Bark readers who are also artists—we know there are many of you. The contest calls for canine-themed artwork (no photography) on the theme “Naughty” for a special blend of Cabernet called “Muttitage.” Five hundred bottles of the...
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Ai Weiwei’s “Circle of Animals” Coming to New York
Will the Chinese artist and government critic be allowed to come too?
It’s funny how an interest in dogs takes you places. This morning, I was drawn in by the photo of a giant dog head sculpture in The New York Times. It’s part of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac series, which will be installed outside the New York City’s Plaza Hotel in May.   Wanting to know more about this inspiring canine, I ended up learning about an inspiring artist—Ai Weiwei. A longtime...

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