Dogs have been humans’ best friends throughout the ages, so it’s no surprise that they’ve also been prime subjects of art—the first works depicting pups date back more than 8,000 years. A group show opening at Hashimoto Contemporary this month extends this long-running tradition through paintings, ceramics, and plush sculptures that look to our canine pals and their wide range of antics for inspiration.
For the Love of Dog features works of over thirty artists who dig up adoration, fear, and other affinities for the beloved companion species: Katie Kimmel sculpts scrunched-up rolls on a chunky basset hound, Joey Wolf’s lounging gray bulldog takes on human characteristics, and Debra Broz (previously) splices a chaotic pack of pups that makes it difficult to distinguish heads from tails.
A playful and heartfelt ode, For the Love of Dog is on view from August 19 to September 9 in Los Angeles.
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