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See Highlights From the Royal West of England Academy’s Upcoming Pet Art Exhibition

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Not to be outdone by the Walker Art Center’s festival of internet cat videos and the Photographers’ Gallery’s LOLcats photography show, Bristol’s Royal West of England Academy (RWA) has slated the exhibition “Reigning Cats and Dogs, Satirical and Sentimental: The Art of the Domestic Pet” for early next year. Curated by Peter Ford and spanning every major medium, the exhibition will feature portrayals of domestic animals throughout art history, like Angela Lizon’s regal painting “Le Garcon d’Or,” above.

Artists with works in “Reigning Cats and Dogs” include David Inshaw, Ben Hughes, Anouk Mercier, Lucy Willis, Emiko Aida, P.J. Crook, and Augusta Talboys, whose work “Three of Us” (above) is in the RWA’s permanent collection.

Dog-lovers need not fear: the show boasts plenty of canine artworks, like Sarah Francis’s playful photograph “Self Portrait with Legs” (above) or Hughes’s mixed media work “Jim and Charlie” (at bottom).

In addition to curating, Ford will have work in the show: the surreal print “Cats Dream” (above).

“Reigning Cats and Dogs, Satirical and Sentimental: The Art of the Domestic Pet” runs January 11-March 15, 2013 at the Royal West of England Academy.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Images copyright © 2012 Royal West of England Academy, all rights reserved.)

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