Art in New York is go­ing to the dogs

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NEW YORK is a par­adise for pets, with doggy hair­dressers, gyms and ho­tels. Now, art lovers can take their pooches to Dogumenta (I) NYC, billed as “Amer­ica’s first art show for dogs”.

Ten vis­ual artists have cre­ated art specif­i­cally for our four- legged friends, in an out­door gallery ac­ces­si­ble to dogs and their human car­ers, or­gan­is­ers said. Vis­it­ing dogs re­port­edly seem es­pe­cially in­ter­ested in ex­hibits that are in­ter­ac­tive – that is, those that squeak or are ed­i­ble.

These are pre­sented at a dog- friendly height, and there is plenty of room in the gallery which is de­signed with ca­nine needs in mind. The art­works owe a lot to doggy tastes, and most are con­structed from ma­te­ri­als dogs know and love, like artist Tibi Tibi Neuspiel’s col­lage made in part out of doggy toys. Oth­ers ex­hibits are rem­i­nis­cent of dog houses, bas­kets and doggy pools.

A vis­it­ing labradoo­dle, Wood­ley, ap­peared to en­joy a pool-based piece by Eleanna Anag­nos called Penum­bra Oa­sis in which the dog jumps right into the pool and laps up the some­what dirty wa­ter. The ex­hi­bi­tion is a good place for dogs to meet other dogs, said Ca­role Hughes, vis­it­ing with her dog Satchmo. – dpa

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