Exhibition: Reigning Cats and Dogs at the RWA
The Royal West of England Academy (RWA) is one of only five Royal academies of art in the UK. Its latest exhibition, 'Reigning Cats and Dogs Satirical and Sentimental: The Art of the Domestic Pet', looks at humankind's closest companions. It is not surprising that cats and dogs throughout history occur incidentally and centrally throughout the history of art.
From Ancient Egypt to the Chapman Brothers and Jeff Koons, images of cats and dogs appear in the work of Van Eyck, Dürer, Titian, Brueghel, Velasquez, Rembrandt, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Goya, Courbet, Bonnard, Klee, Gaudier-Brzeska, Balthus, Peter Blake, and Hockney to name just a few.
Reigning Cats and Dogs playfully mixes humour with the serious to the ridiculous. It features both historical and contemporary images, sometimes imbued with satirical and sentimental intent. Curator Peter Ford RE RWA has brought together an international collection of paintings, printmaking, photography, sculpture, artists’ books, book illustration, postcards and ephemera united under this theme.
Participating artists include David Inshaw RWA, Stephen Jacobson RWA, Angela Lizon, Ben Hughes, Martin Leman, Anouk Mercier, Lucy Willis, Bobbie Russon, Rose Sanderson, two Russian artists Alexander Kolokoltsev and Yuri Borovitsky, and Japanese artist Emiko Aida. There will also be some lively work on paper by four young Polish artists. The exhibition also presents paintings by P.J. Crook, Augusta Talboys and Elizabeth Frink, and other works from the RWA permanent collection.
From inconsequential intrusions to the starring role, cunning cats and dutiful dogs assert their artistic presence throughout the RWA galleries as a fun exploration of historical, functional and imaginative themes, incorporating kitsch kittens, politicized pooches and menacing mongrels.
Monday to Saturday - 9.30am - 5.30pm
Sunday - 11 - 5pm Last admission half an hour before closing
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