A creative celebration of canine beauty

Sophie Larrimore, “Grey Bricks,” 2021.

If you normally avoid art galleries for being too conceptual, too lofty—too pretentious—we’ve got a show that might shift your perspective. There’s a dog-themed extravaganza on view now at Jack Hanley Gallery in Manhattan, featuring over a dozen artists and their eclectic interpretations of all things canine.

“Best in Show,” up through June 12, includes abstract dogs, ceramic dogs, mating dogs, lost dogs, angry dogs, and one frighteningly realistic painting of a man with a dog’s head. Bonus: A portion of sales helps out the nearby shelter Animal Haven.

We chatted with the exhibition’s curator, Silke Lindner-Sutti, about her creative…

Rosie Haine’s lush ink work makes bodies beautiful

Sketches for ‘It isn’t Rude to be Nude.’

Rosie Haine doesn’t make ordinary children’s books. But who wants ordinary? The colorful ink drawings in her debut title It isn’t Rude to be Nude help carry forward a story about diversity and body positivity, exploring its themes with grace and empathy. Beyond the laudable message, though, Haine’s style is almost decadently beautiful—a treat for art lovers of any age.

We spoke to Haine about Picasso, losing control, and the universal appeal of butts (or bums, if you’re on the other side of the pond).

Your path to children’s lit has been unconventional — you first studied English, and then…

What is Art? Is everyone dead? Young people decide…

There are well-known artists, and then there are artists who are sensations. Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS, is one of the latter. His exhibition, “WHAT PARTY”—on view at the Brooklyn Museum through late September—has been consistently selling out its $25 tickets, even in the midst of a pandemic. (Hell, you can’t even visit the show’s gift shop without ponying up the entrance fee.)

Still, KAWS doesn’t tend to get much respect from the mainstream art world. “Like a diet of only celery, which is said to consume more calories in the chewing than it provides to digestion,” Peter Schjeldahl wrote recently…

An art critic’s deep dive into his visual appeal

The cover of ‘Evergreen Everblue,’ released in 1990, wouldn’t have been out of place in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 2016 exhibition “Flatlands.”

The children’s musician Raffi has always inspired an outpouring of affection and nostalgia. (In what might be the definitive — and certainly the strangest—profile of the performer, writer Sheila Heti even explored his status as a complicated sex symbol.) As with other offbeat cultural icons — Mr. Rogers, say, or Rick Steves — it’s very nice to know that Raffi has spent the decades since he rose to fame being a nice person, empathetic and progressive.

Raffi, now 72, lives on a Canadian island. He has a dog named Luna, and an Instagram account on which he shares pictures of…

Johana Kroft revisits a nightmarish gig

Kroft’s dog Panda inspires many of her canine-friendly designs.

Before she was a successful illustrator and motion designer working for clients that include Nike and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Johana Kroft had to pay her dues… and sometimes, as is often the case with freelance jobs, things got a little strange.

The Czech creative had just finished university in Prague and was looking to expand her portfolio. “I was young and naive and I didn’t have design experience,” she says. “I was hired to help this guy with a magazine, but it was a total disaster—he had no idea what he was doing, and neither did I.”

“The…

Illustrator Stephen Savage on the burgeoning art scene in children’s book publishing

We’re used to seeing art in museums. We’re even open to considering 21st-century prestige television to be a legitimate art form. Meanwhile, there’s a slew of creative genius flying underneath the radar in a medium that often isn’t taken seriously: Children’s book publishing.

Stephen Savage is one of the most inventive and engaging kid’s book artists currently working, and his sharp, crisp illustration style has plenty for grown-ups to admire, too. His sweet, zany stories—starring sneaky zoo animals and a parade of hardworking boats, planes, and trucks—are a colorful delight.

We asked the author of Where’s Walrus? and the forthcoming…

Unpacking misconceptions about burnout, money, and more

Scenes from Doug Alberts’s #ConnectedByLemonade animation.

Our latest #ConnectedByLemonade artist, Doug Alberts, breaks down some of the time-honored myths about artistic careers and creative temperaments.

Myth #1: Burnout doesn’t exist

I’ve found myself in a position of burnout more often than I’d like to admit. At the end of the day, we aren’t as robotic as we’d hope for, and our human-ness shows.

If you meet someone who thinks burnout doesn’t exist, you should suspect they actually are a robot.

It’s sort of a wonderful thing though, admitting that you’re at the end of a creative season. I’ve felt that embracing burnout is something that actually helps me get over it…

Artist Oliver Sin reflects on the benefits and perils of having a signature style

Oliver Sin for #ConnectedByLemonade

After collaborating with UK-based artist Oliver Sin on an animation commission for #ConnectedByLemonade, we asked him how his style has evolved over the years—and how that has affected his professional career.

When you were starting out, what was your art style like?

When I first started dabbling in digital, I used to create a lot of trendy vector art. It was either very cartoony, with bold colors, or the total opposite end of the scale: Think vector realism. …

For stop-motion animator dina Amin, being a great artist means first being a great producer

Still from dina Amin’s #ConnectedByLemonade commission.

dina Amin—that lowercase ‘d’ is intentional!—is an Egyptian creative whose stop motion work brings inanimate objects like balloon animals or glue bottles to life. Amin is our latest #ConnectedByLemonade artist. We checked in with her to hear about a few projects that didn’t turn out quite as well as this one did…

Tell us about a time when a creative project went really, really wrong.

My first shoot for a big commercial was disastrous. The animation itself came out great but the process was so nerve wracking…

I was shooting a small stop motion part of a much bigger ad…

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