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Art Break: Art Is Going To the Dogs (Courtesy of William Wegman)

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, October 16, 2017

The internet is full of animals doing all kinds of things: singing, jumping out of boxes, speaking in French. You could spend hours watching — and we know, because we’ve just finished doing it. But before the internet, there was William Wegman with a large format Polaroid camera photographing his beautiful Weimaraner dogs. By using props and posing the dogs in various settings, he explored ideas about humanity, animals and the ways the two merge. When you see his work in our downtown pick of Sperone Westwater, you’ll appreciate the difference between net surfing and real art – however, it’s not as easy as it looks. Go ahead and dress up your dachshund but we guarantee it won’t be the same – although you’ll probably get plenty of likes! Another thing to like: all our listings are free admission.

Art Break Downtown:

Where: Sperone Westwater, 257 Bowery

When: Now through October 28, Tues – Sat: 10-6

Who: William Wegman: Dressed and Undressed

What: Thirty years of Polaroid photographs showing the artist’s Weimaraner dogs

Why: Even if you aren’t into dogs, you’ll be impressed by the beauty and cleverness of the images

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, 210 Eleventh Avenue, 8th Fl

When: Now through November 4, Tues-Fri: 10-6, Sat: 11-6

Who: Edda Renouf: Structures and Fields, Drawings 2011-2017

What: Abstract drawings in a variety of mediums

Why: Emphasis on pushing the limits of material making the marks brings new energy to abstractions

Art Break Midtown (up to 59th Street, East or West):

Where: Casey Kaplan, 121 West 27th Street

When: Now through October 28, Tues – Sat: 10-6

Who: Jordan Casteel: Nights in Harlem

What: Portraits of everyday people

Why: A possible successor to Alice Neel and her style of insightful portraiture

Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):

Where: Yares Art, 745 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor

When: Now through October 28, Tues – Sat: 9:30-6

Who: Larry Poons: Momentum

What: Canvases that pulse with abstract shapes and colors

Why: Appreciate the masterful control of pigment and design


Cover: ‘Twisted Hope;’ photography by William Wegman; courtesy of artist and Sperone Westwater, New York.


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