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Exhibition: Beauty in the Beasts: Animals and Art from July 14, 2022 to September 10, 2022 at Childs Gallery, Boston

Beauty in the Beasts: Animals and Art

Press Release:

Childs Gallery is pleased to present Beauty in the Beasts: Animals and Art, on view July 14 through September 10, 2022. The exhibition brings together paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and sculpture from historic and contemporary artists celebrating the beauty of animals both domesticated and wild. 

The human fascination with animals and the desire to encapsulate them in art begins in prehistory, when the earliest artists painted wild game on rocks and caves in simplified forms that communicated an intimate knowledge of the creatures providing food, clothing, and other necessities. Since then, animals have continued to loom large within the art historical cannon, appearing throughout the centuries variously as religious symbols, scientific interests, prize-winning beasts, and beloved companion pets. 

Beauty in the Beasts pulls from these many animal-centric genres with pieces spanning from the 19th to 21st centuries. Contemporary artists including Nancy Anderson, Amy Ross, and Karen Lee Sobol explore the breadth of the animal kingdom, from the pampered life of domesticated dogs to the untamed spirit of wild animals and the alien creatures inhabiting our embattled oceans. 

Works by historic artists include soulful elephant lithographs by Henry Moore, a farmland scene with hens from Herbert Barnett, charming photographs of a scruffy black poodle and its owner by George Platt Lynes, and Clifton Tomson's stunning sporting portrait of Altisidora, a 19th century thoroughbred racehorse. 

The exhibition additionally features work by Resa Blatman, Donald De Lue, Erik Desmazières, Walton Ford, Sawool Kim, Molly Luce, Anne Lyman Powers, Dudley Vaill Talcott, Carol Wax, and others. Beauty and the Beasts will be on view July 14 through September 10, 2022, with a dog-friendly opening reception Thursday, July 14, 4-8pm. 

The exhibition has been organized in part to help recognize the important work done by the MSPCA (Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). The organization tirelessly advocates for the welfare of animals through adoption, low cost spay and neuter clinics, community outreach, and other programs. A percentage of the proceeds from Beauty in the Beasts will benefit the MSPCA, to assist in their ongoing efforts to promote and preserve the human-animal bond through socially conscious rescue, sheltering, and adoption.  

Gallery Director and longtime MSPCA volunteer Kathryn Fields states, "We're all animal lovers at Childs Gallery. We frequently bring our dogs to work and welcome others who come in with their owners. Animal advocacy is therefore incredibly important to us, and we hope this exhibition, celebrating the varied beauty of the animal kingdom, inspires the same feeling of compassion in others. We put together Beauty in the Beasts as a showcase for the extraordinary breadth in point of view when considering animals as subjects of art, and in hopes of contributing to the MSPCA's work in animal welfare."

On exhibit until September 10th, 2022
Print By Henry Moore: Elephant's Head Ii At Childs GalleryQuick View
918×918IN.
Elephant's Head II
Print By Henry Moore: Elephant's Head I At Childs GalleryQuick View
11×912IN.
Elephant's Head I
Painting by Randall [Randolph] Palmer: Self-Portrait, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
58×50IN.
Self-Portrait
Sculpture By Dudley Vaill Talcott: Mid Sized Cat Curled Up At Childs GalleryQuick View
8×5IN.
Mid-Sized Cat Curled Up
Sculpture By Dudley Vaill Talcott: Cat Drinking At Childs GalleryQuick View
4×8IN.
Cat Drinking
Print By Walton Ford: Condemned At Childs GalleryQuick View
12×9IN.
Condemned
Sculpture By Donald De Lue: Jupiter As The Bull At Childs GalleryQuick View
24×18IN.
Jupiter as the Bull
Painting by Clifton Tomson: Mr. Watt's Altisidora, Winner of the 1813 St. Leger, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
39×49IN.
Mr. Watt's Altisidora, Winner
Sculpture By Dudley Vaill Talcott: The Ox At Childs GalleryQuick View
7×15IN.
$22,500
The Ox
Painting by Molly Luce: Coast Line, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
36×48IN.
$12,500
Coast Line
Painting By Ture Bengtz: Birds In Tree At Childs GalleryQuick View
24×18IN.
$12,000
Birds in Tree
Painting by Molly Luce: Horses Under Two Rainbows, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
24×30IN.
$8,500
Horses Under Two Rainbows
Sculpture by Theo Ruggles Kitson: Morgan Horse [Victory], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
17×14IN.
$7,000
Morgan Horse [Victory]
Drawing by Amy Ross: Night Flight, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
38×50IN.
$6,500
Night Flight
Painting By Henry Botkin: Riders By The Sea At Childs GalleryQuick View
17×21IN.
$6,500
Riders by the Sea
Painting By Herbert Barnett: Hens In Sunlight At Childs GalleryQuick View
24×30IN.
$6,000
Hens in Sunlight
Mixed Media by Karen Lee Sobol: Nobodies Nomads, Lagoon Medusa, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
34×72IN.
$6,000
Nobody's Nomads, Lagoon Medusa
Painting By Sawool Kim: Moonbathing At Childs GalleryQuick View
40×58IN.
$5,000
Moonbathing
Print by Joseph Hecht: L'Arche de Noe, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
16×23IN.
$5,000
L'Arche de Noe
Sculpture By Dudley Vaill Talcott: Goats Nursing At Childs GalleryQuick View
5×5IN.
$4,500
Goats Nursing
Drawing by Amy Ross: White Stag, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
40×26IN.
$4,500
White Stag
Print by Osmeivy Ortega Pacheco: [Giraffe with Tire], represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
29×27IN.
$3,500
[Giraffe with Tire]
Painting by Arnold Trachtman: Amelia and Her Kittens, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
3212×2334IN.
$3,500
Amelia and Her Kittens
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Chuck Howard with Dog], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
914×712IN.
$3,500
[Chuck Howard with Dog]
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Chuck Howard with Dog], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
9×712IN.
$3,500
[Chuck Howard with Dog]
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Chuck Howard with Dog on Bench], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
814×712IN.
$3,500
[Chuck Howard with Dog on Bench]
Print by James Ward: Dogs of the Dalmatian Breed, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
15×20IN.
$3,500
Dogs of the Dalmatian Breed
Painting by Nancy Anderson: A Comfortable Couch, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
36×48IN.
$2,950
A Comfortable Couch
Drawing by Amy Ross: Cat Spirit, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
26×21IN.
$2,800
Cat Spirit
Painting by Nancy Anderson: Captain Derp, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
40×30IN.
$2,100
Captain Derp
Painting by Resa Blatman: Arctic Seaweed with Hare, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
19×1712IN.
$1,900
Arctic Seaweed with Hare
Painting by Resa Blatman: Arctic Hare, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
15×22IN.
$1,900
Arctic Hare
Painting by Resa Blatman: Bighorn amid the Kelp, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
23×18IN.
$1,900
Bighorn amid the Kelp
Print by Hellmuth Weissenborn: [Cat], represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
9×10IN.
$1,800
[Cat]
Painting by Nancy Anderson: Hydrocodone, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
30×30IN.
$1,550
Hydrocodone
Drawing By Erik Desmazières: Chat Endormi At Childs GalleryQuick View
814×534IN.
$1,400
Chat endormi
Painting by Nancy Anderson: Skadi z Wolfbat, available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
24×18IN.
$950
Skadi z Wolfbat
Sculpture By Dudley Vaill Talcott: [cat In A Crouch] At Childs GalleryQuick View
218×4IN.
$750
[Cat in a Crouch]
Sculpture By Dudley Vaill Talcott: [standing Cat] At Childs GalleryQuick View
4×4IN.
$750
[Standing Cat]
Sculpture by Dudley Vaill Talcott: [Standing Cat], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
4×4IN.
$750
[Standing Cat]
Print by Carol Wax: Repose, represented by Childs GalleryQuick View
2×2IN.
$125
Repose
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