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Pickle the Art Dog Picks Her 5 Must-See Galleries at the Armory Art Show

By Savannah Cox | March 2, 2016 5:42pm
 The cultured canine weighs in on what you need to see at the annual art show.
The cultured canine weighs in on what you need to see at the annual art show.
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Katie Howard/@picklebeholding and Mathew Katz

Pickle the French bulldog has become a fixture in the New York City art scene over the past few years, and in some ways the Armory Art Show is how she really got her start.

"We love the Armory Show," art adviser and Pickle's owner Katie Howard told DNAinfo New York. "It's the first art fair that issued Pickle her own press pass!"

Pickle received her press pass last year, when Armory's PR team approached her to cover the event, Howard says.

"Of course we said yes," said Howard.

While the four-year-old art dog recognizes that art fairs "can be extremely overwhelming," the Bushwick resident says that visiting the annual international art fair at Piers 92 and 94 is a must.

"I love seeing art from galleries all over the world who are showing artists I wouldn't see otherwise," Pickle told us. 

"If I happen upon a work, or a few works of art I love ... that's a success to me," Pickle said. "If not, then I'm just happy I was able to see more art and know more specifically about what I do and don't like."

With that in mind, here are Pickle's picks for the Armory Show, which runs from March 3 to 6 at Piers 92 and 94:

Jack Shainman Gallery, Booth 921

Flow I

Pickle observes a gilded cascade made of nickel-coated ghungroos in New Delhi-based artist Vibha Galhotra's 2015 work, "Flow I," which examines the relationship between globalization and changing landscapes.

Tiwani Contemporary, Booth 548


The canine immerses herself in the vivid, industrial chaos of Angolan-Portuguese artist Francisco Vidal, above. The Tiwani Contemporary booth is part of the Armory Focus exhibit, which Pickle and Howard say they are always excited to see since it "highlights galleries from a specific part of the world."

SMAC Gallery, Booth 630


This year, Armory Focus centers on African Perspectives. Above, Pickle observes Cyrus Kabiru's "All So F—king African," which takes on the erroneous assumption that "African Art" is a homogeneous entity.

OMR, Booth 505


Pickle ponders commercialism at the OMR booth. The work above is by Mexican artist Rubén Ortiz Torres, titled "Long Shopper (Limo)."

Stevenson, Booth 700


Pickle beholds ordered indulgence Robin Rhode's segmented "Fountain."

Daniel Faria Gallery, Booth 787


Pickle's final pick is a work by Douglas Coupland from the Daniel Faria Gallery. In the work above, "Pacific Trash Gyre," Pickle considers the vibrant, yet ultimately toxic touch humankind has on the world.

All photos by Katie Howard.