Art ex­hibit ex­pressly for ca­nine crit­ics de­buts in NYC

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You won't find any pic­tures of dogs play­ing poker at DoGUMENTA. A three-day art ex­hi­bi­tion cu­rated ex­pressly for dogs is at­tract­ing hun­dreds of canines to a ma­rina in lower Man­hat­tan, where hounds and ter­ri­ers are feast­ing their eyes, and in some cases their mouths, on nearly a dozen mas­ter­pieces. The idea is the brain­child of former Washington Post art critic Jes­sica Daw­son, who says she was in­spired by her res­cue dog Rocky, a tiny morkie (Yorkie-Mal­tese mix), who reg­u­larly joins her at ex­hibits of the hu­man va­ri­ety.

"When Rocky ac­com­pa­nied me on my gallery vis­its I no­ticed that he was hav­ing a much bet­ter time than I was," ex­plains Daw­son, who moved to New York four years ago. "He was not reading the New York Times re­views, he was not reading the artists' re­sumes, and so I said he has some­thing to teach me about look­ing, and all dogs have some­thing to teach us about look­ing at con­tem­po­rary art and be­ing with it."

Or­ga­niz­ers of the ex­hibit, which takes its name from Doc­u­menta, which takes place ev­ery five years in Kas­sel, Ger­many, and put on by Arts at Brook­field, stag­gered the ar­rival times of the dogs to keep things or­derly. "I think she's en­joy­ing it," said Lor­raine Gates, who at­tended with her tiny Ja­panese chin, Mal­tese and Papil­lon mix. "I love this idea; I think it's re­ally won­der­ful." The 10 works of art at the out­door ex­hibit were all strate­gi­cally placed at eye-level for the canines.

One fea­tured an elab­o­rate dis­play of dog bis­cuits and other treats that at­ten­dees were in­vited to munch on. At an­other ex­hibit, four-legged art crit­ics were lift­ing their hind legs and "ex­press­ing" them­selves on a work called "Foun­tain." As the dogs left their marks, scrib­bles of blue streaks were left be­hind on the white blocks. Daw­son said Rocky had vis­ited sev­eral times. Su­san God­win and her morkie, Tasha, were soak­ing up the art vibes. "This is a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity," God­win gushed. "You can go to mu­se­ums all over New York and you can never bring your dog." — AP

A dog sits on Paul Vinet's 'Foun­tain.'

Jax Reilly, a black labrador, cools off in Eleanna Anag­nos' 'Penum­bra Oa­sis' at Dogumenta (I) NYC, in New York. — AP pho­tos

Dogs in­ter­act with Merav Ezer's 'The Bark­ing Project.'

Bug, a do­mes­tic short hair cat, in­spects Noah Scalin's 'The Hand That Feeds.'

April Moon, a Chi­huahua, poses for a photo on Gra­ham Cald­well's 'The Con­clave.'

Hud­son, a French bull­dog, takes a bite off Dana Sher­wood's 'Con­fec­tions of Canines and Kings.'

Kathryn Cor­nelius, cen­ter, per­forms 'Sit, Stay, Heal.'

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