Art and Animals

ISBN-10: 1848855257

ISBN-13: 9781848855250

Edition: 2011

Authors: Giovanni Aloi

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'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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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company, Limited
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
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
Notes
Bibliography
Filmography
Index
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