Meet Pickle, the Art World’s Most Famous Canine

Photo: Instagram/@picklebeholding
Photo: Instagram/@picklebeholding

Photo: Instagram/@picklebeholding

If you’ve been to any of the major New York art fairs and gallery openings in the past year and a half, you’ve likely noticed Pickle, the Instagram-famous French bulldog who really loves art.

Pickle belongs to art advisor Katie Howard, and probably made it to more Armory Week satellite fairs than you did. She probably also has more Instagram followers than you do—almost 3,000. (Of course, that’s still nowhere near as many as the art world’s other Instagram icon, Pari Ehsan, who boasts a whopping 206,000—see artnet Asks: Blogger and Instagram Darling Pari Ehsan.

No matter. In the aftermath of her recent Armory Week ubiquity, Pickle is the subject of an in-depth profile on the Daily Beast (another thing most humans will never achieve) that is sure to win her a few thousand more followers.

Photo: Instagram/@picklebeholding

Photo: Instagram/@picklebeholding

It all started when Howard snapped Pickle’s first photo in 2013 alongside a Korakrit Arunanondchai piece at Suzanne Geiss Gallery. Howard, admittedly, had initial reservations about photographing the pooch next to pricey, one-of-a-kind artworks.

“I was worried that it would upset people, that people would think I was undermining the importance of the art,” she said.

But Pickle’s good behavior and social media prowess have earned her popularity with blue-chip galleries like Lehmann Maupin and Sean Kelly, who now request the dog’s presence at openings. She’s even met big-name artists like Hank Willis Thomas, N. Dash, Mark Dion, Lucas Blalock, Trudy Benson, James Hyde, and Roxy Paine.

Photo: Instagram/@picklebeholding

Photo: Instagram/@picklebeholding

In addition to Pickle’s modelesque manner (seriously, that is one photogenic dog), the account benefits from Howard’s quippy captions. In a recent upload from Mitchell-Innes and Nash, Pickle stands near several large, vaguely fecal looking sculptures by Nancy Graves. “Mom,” the caption reads, “I obviously didn’t make these… They are bigger than me!”

The fact that we’re even joking about such things just further cements that this is not your average dog.


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