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John F. Kennedy with his dog, Dunker. 1937.
Courtesy of the JFK Library, Boston.
Last night, this Jeff Koons’s sculpture “Balloon Dog (Orange)” fetched $58.4 million at the largest art auction sale ever. The amount set an auction record for a living artist. The event, presented by Christie’s International in New York, featured blue chip works by Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning and Francis Bacon, whose painting “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” sold for $142.4 million, another record setting figure for the highest auction sale ever. Koons’s sculpture of the balloon figure is made of stainless steel with a mirror finish. Between 1994 and 2000, the artist fabricated five unique versions—one each in orange, yellow, blue, magenta and red. The 12-foot high sculpture was sold by collector Peter Brant on behalf of the Brant Foundation Art Study in Greenwich, Connecticut, to raise endowment funds.
Bark contributor Mark Ulriksen has a series of 6 posters created for the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Art on Market Street Program — each of the images highlights a uniquely San Franciscan locale and activity. One shows Fort Funston, a stretch of beach south of the city that is a popular dog-friendly destination. All of the posters can be seen in bus shelters along Market Street, San Francisco’s main thoroughfare, until mid-January 2014.
"Oh, it’s a perfect day / I’m glad I spent it with you / Oh, such a perfect day / You just keep me hanging on … just a perfect day / You made me forget myself / I thought I was someone else, someone good."
— Perfect Day by Lou Reed
"A good snapshot stops a moment from running away." —Eudora Welty
A pen and ink illustration from Houn’ Dog by Mary Calhoun, artwork by Roger Duvoisin. Duvoisin (1904–1980) was a Swiss-born American writer and illustrator of children’s literature. He is the author/illustrator of Petunia, White Snow, Hide and Seek Frog.
Wishing Lou Reed a speedy recovery after receiving a new liver. Lou Reed with Lollabelle and Laurie Anderson by Mary Ellen Mark, 2001.
The incomparable Audrey Hepburn with her dog Mr. Famous. Rome, Italy, 1960. Photo: Archivio Storico Luce; digital colorization by Lorna Clark.
Don’t do it! Those brand new docking stations for NYC’s Citi Bike Share are tempting relieving posts for the city’s dog population but do your part to make this program a success, and resist!
Do a good turn daily: The Boy Scouts of America voted to allow openly gay youths as members, but continue a ban on openly gay adult Scout leaders.