September 22 - January 2024
Best in Show
Pets in Contemporary Photography
Explore the role our furry (and feathered) friends have played in culture and how they stand in as representations of status, power, loyalty, compassion and companionship through the perspectives of 25 global artists.
Image above: Double Pomeranian, 2012 © Dolly Faibyshev
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Among the works on view are examples by William Wegman, famed for his portraits of his Weimaraners; Walter Chandoha, the world’s first professional cat photographer; and Sophie Gamand, known for her touching, sensitive photographs of dogs taking baths.
With this exhibition we want to celebrate and acknowledge our constant companions, their presence in Western art and popular culture, and our multifaceted relationship with them. We place these animals on a pedestal, and consider them from all perspectives: as life partners, status symbols, friends and family members, and as works of art.
Our mutual dependence leads to the question, who owns whom? This exhibition brings together celebrated New Yorkers and an international roster of contemporary practitioners to explore our relationship to our pets, in all its complexity.
Executive Director, Fotografiska New York
Hellen van Meene