Art and Animals
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Description: 'Art is continually haunted by the animal,' wrote Deleuze and Guattari. Over the past two decades, animals have quite literally invaded the gallery space, from Joseph Beuys' co-habiting with a coyote, Janis Kounelli's instillation of live horses, Damien Hirst's shark in formaldehyde to Mark Dion's natural history displays and Marco Evaristti's 'goldfish in a blender'. In this latest addition to the highly acclaimed 'Art and...' series, Giovanni Aloi surveys the insistent presence of animals in the world of contemporary art, exploring the leading concepts which inform this emerging practice. From exhibitions featuring live animals, to taxidermy, and interspecies communication, Giovanni Aloi explores how animals feature in modern art with a range of thought-provoking and innovative visual representations. Art and Animals challenges ideas of identity, 'otherness' and civilisation by explaining the role animals have occupied in our cultural development and illustrating their presence in the visual arts today. Giovanni Aloi articulately and sensitively unpacks the varied passionate, complex and, at times, questionable motives behind the art world's current embrace of the animal subject. He accomplishes this with erudite, and yet accessible, explanations and perceptions, all the while keeping animals themselves firmly in the reader's mind. Thinking around animals has grown exponentially in the last decade. In this time of environmental crisis the interest in the human relationship with other species has become a focal point for change. Aloi offers us, through artists' engagement with "the animal" and animals themselves, a mirror in which to see our own struggles with our relationships with the non-human world. - Carol Gigliotti, Associate Professor, Dynamic Media and Critical and Cultural Studies, Emily Carr University
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Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company, Limited
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|Preface: Why Look at Animals Now?|
|Caught up in Representation|
|Taxidermy: Subjugated Wilderness|
|Levels of Proximity|
|An Uncomfortable Closeness|
|The Animal that Therefore I am Not|
|The Death of the Animal|
|Conclusion In Conversation with Mark Dion The Culture of Nature|