THE Magazine

National Spotlight

    When people call New York City “the most diverse city in the world,” they shouldn’t limit this statement to humans. From Irish Wolfhounds to Chihuahuas, all shapes and sizes of dogs trot happily beside their masters up Broadway, down Park Avenue, and through Central Park. As evidenced by lavish downtown “dog spas,” high-end pet boutiques, and gourmet dog treat bakeries, New Yorkers adore their canine companions. So why shouldn’t Big Apple pups have their own art exhibition? This winter Michael Scott—a.k.a. “Dog Man”—is presenting his new series, The Doggie Diaries, at Gerald Peters’ New York City gallery. Scott’s paintings explore a number of colorful pooch personalities within an art-historical, “tongue and tail” context, including Poshie the Boston Terrier—a high-society pooch who caused a scandal when she virtually flew out of her bedroom window to chase, yes, wild boars. And—perk up your ears for this announcement—on February 12, preceding the 136th Annual Westminster Dog Show, the Peters Gallery will host a costume contest. The dog wearing the costume deemed “most artistic” will become the subject of Scott’s next painting. This event—benefiting the Angels on a Leash therapy dog program—has New York’s fashionista pups howling with anticipation.

The Doggie Diaries will be on view through February 17th at Gerald Peters Gallery, 24 East 78th Street, New York.