[dropcap style=”font-size:100px;color:#992211;”]T[/dropcap]his summer, Southwark Park Galleries (formerly known as CGP London) celebrate their 35th anniversary with a contemporary art show about dogs, chosen by dogs. For Dog Show, cultured pooches who live with a variety of artists and curators have been invited to select their top dog-related artworks. With a little help from their human companions, these canine curators have selected artworks in what is believed to be the first exhibition of its kind.
The show includes a series of Joan Jonas dog drawings and performances by Performances for Pets, both chosen by Bedlington Whippet, Agnes, who lives with curator Joyce Cronin; Border Terrier cross Ruby has selected Martin Creed’s 2007 film work Orson and Sparky, as well as works by Adam Chodzko, Heather Phillipson and Tom Woolner; Tess, a Border Terrier who lives with gallerist Karsten Schubert has put forward Lucian Freud’s portrait of Pluto, Aged 12 and a drawing by James Pyman; art critic Louisa Buck’s canine companion Samson has selected Dog Duet and The Spelling Lesson by William Wegman; Olive, a Shih Tzu/ Poodle mix has been working with gallery director Matthew Higgs to select a series of dog paintings by Ryan Brown and paintings by Babak Ganjei; Labradoodle Spencer who lives with Whitechapel curator Habda Rashid has picked two David Shrigleys, Hello There and I’m Dead. Also on show are works by Oona Grimes, Rob Pruitt, Brian Catling, Errol, Leah Capaldi, Jem Finer, Tim Spooner, Abigail Lane, David Harrison, and others.
Dog Show runs at Southwark Park Galleries from 18 July – 8 September
Naila Scargill is the publisher and editor of horror journal Exquisite Terror. Holding a broad editorial background, she has worked with an eclectic variety of content, ranging from film and the counterculture, to political news and finance.