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Celebrating Photobooth Dogs
Photobooth Dogs
Photobooth Dogs is a one-of-a-kind collection celebrating the age-old bond between dogs and their people. Featuring happy and beloved pets in more than 100 portraits taken in photobooths over the last 80 years, these images are a testament to the devotion people have felt—and will always feel—for their dogs. Photobooth Dogs is published by Chronicle Books with an October 1, 2010 release date....
Blog: Guest Posts
Dog Days
Photos of canines that will make you drool
August is the season of culture-lite, when art institutions avoid demanding fare. But that doesn’t mean there’s not a lot of pleasure to be had in comedies performed on park lawns, or orchestras flouncing through Broadway standards, or gallery walls filled with, well, “approachable” subject matter. The current photography exhibit at Corden/Potts Gallery in San Francisco is just such a seasonal...
Blog: Guest Posts
Dog Art Wine Label Contest
Choose your favorite, voting ends May 25
What’s better than dogs and wine? Dogs and wine and art...as demonstrated by the folks at Mutt Lynch Winery in Sonoma, who artfully mix dogs and winemaking—with mutts on the premises, on the labels and in the mission. They strike again with their Second Annual Dog Art Today Dog Art Wine Label Contest, co-sponsored by Bark. Leaving it to you and me to help select from among 77 delightful works of...
Blog: Guest Posts
Celebrating Peter Urban
Bark contributor to be honored this weekend
This weekend the life and work of photographer Peter Urban will be celebrated in Boston (details below). Urban may be best known to Bark readers for his contributions to our pages, illustrating stories about working Beagles at Logan Airport, Border Collies on a Massachusetts farm, clicker-training pioneer Karen Pryor and more. He died last September at the age of 61.   “Peter’s work always...
Dog Culture: DogPatch
Mine: Taken by Katrina
Extended Q&A with Geralyn Pezanoski, Director & Producer
Katrina was one of the five deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history. It not only displaced thousands of people, it also left thousands of dogs and cats homeless. Too many to be cared for locally, many of these companion animals were transported across the nation to be fostered—and often, adopted—by others. As time passed and their original guardians tried to reclaim them, the stage was set for...
Blog: Guest Posts
Beloved Artist Stephen Huneck Dies
Economy, depression may have fueled suicide
“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.”  -- Mark Twain   I have a rug by Stephen Huneck in my bedroom. It shows one dog pulling a boat, with other dogs inside it, through the water. It says “Friendship” and indicates that we can pull each other through anything.   Unfortunately, no one could pull Huneck through his recent tragedy. Sadly for all in the dog world, and non-...
Dog Culture: DogPatch
Artist Robert Zakanitch
Icon of contemporary art captures dogs’ “aggressive goodness”
Contemporary artist Robert Zakanitch first reached critical acclaim in the 1970s in New York City as one of the founders of the pattern and decorative movement. His paintings are now in the permanent collections of many major museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, and have been exhibited around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. As...
Blog: Guest Posts
Draw The Dog
A worthy web destination for dog lovers.
I love dogs—that’s obvious. And I love cartoons. I honestly believe these are two of the sublime pleasures in life. So the day I discovered Draw the Dog counts as a banner day. The website is a collection of cartoons drawn daily by ex-Disney animator Jim George. The old school drawings are animated, and appear on the screen as if they are being drawn in the moment. You see Buzz, a running dog;...
Blog: Guest Posts
Bark Reader Wins
Twitter portrait contest yields good art and good works.
Back in July, JoAnna Lou let us know about a southern California dog portrait artist named Aimée Hoover, who connects with friends and admirers as DogArteest on Twitter. Inspired by the 140-character limit on that social networking service, she thought she’d try creating portraits in 140 minutes. (By contrast, her commissioned portraits can take between 25 to 40 hours.) When she tweeted a call...
Blog: Guest Posts
Gone to the Dogs
Canine-themed art show featuring 22 artists and 3 pups (!) opens tonight.
Out walking, I’m often distracted by dogs. At the very least, I smile. Other times, I stop to talk and sneak a caress, sometimes completely ignoring the biped at the other end of the leash. It’s the same in museums or art galleries. Whenever I see artwork featuring a dog, I simply have to stop and take a second look. It hardly seems like a connoisseur’s approach, and yet, these dogs they draw me...

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