Paws & Claws: Animals in Art

January 16, 2015 3:09 PM

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Paws & Claws at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is a twenty-first century take on the historically significant subject of pets and other seemingly benign animals in art, a bird's-eye view of contemporary South Florida artists who have embraced this topic in sculptures, paintings, photographs or on paper. While some may snarl or howl at the subject of pets in art, and consider it kitschy, its backstory is most esteemed.

Hockney's Stanley and Boodgie, Warhol's Archie and Amos, and Picasso's Lump were all dachshunds who became lyrical and frequent portrait subjects for their masters. Alberto Giacometti's attenuated bronze Cat (1951) was auctioned by Christie's five years ago for $20.8 million, while his littermates c...

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