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Art, Animals, and Experience
Relationships to Canines and the Natural World

ISBN 9781138241954
Published April 19, 2017 by Routledge
150 Pages 8 Color & 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Elizabeth Sutton, using a phenomenological approach, investigates how animals in art invite viewers to contemplate human relationships to the natural world. Using Rembrandt van Rijn’s etching of The Presentation in the Temple (c. 1640), Joseph Beuys’s social sculpture I Like America and America Likes Me (1974), archaic rock paintings at Horseshoe Canyon, Canyonlands National Park, and examples from contemporary art, this book demonstrates how artists across time and cultures employed animals to draw attention to the sensory experience of the composition and reflect upon the shared sensory awareness of the world.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Relational Ethics and Aesthetics

Being and Thinking With Art and Animals
Between Presence and Absence 
An Ethical Art History

Chapter 2. Dogged Flesh: Rembrandt’s Presentation in the Temple, c. 1640

Real and Represented Dogs
Rembrandt’s Three R’s: Radical, Reflective, Revelatory
The Rhetoric of Etching
Fleshly Experience
Past Made Present

Chapter 3. Glances with Wolves: Encounters with Little John and Joseph Beuys

Entangled Encounters
Seeing and Being with Little John
Presencing Other Worlds
Imaginative Empathy
Gathering Together in the Gap

Chapter 4. Glimpses into the Unknown: Contemporary Taxidermy and Photography

Spaces Between: Yellow and Taza
Respecting Unknowns
Dominance, Submission, and Freedom:
Inert and Progression of Regression
Death and the Object (Ars longa vita brevis EST)
From Hierarchy to Horizontality

Chapter 5. "We Are All Connected": Experiencing Art and Nature at Horseshoe Canyon

Guided by Dogs and Children
"We Are All Connected"
Dwelling with Dogs and Earth
Accessing Histories with Attentive Care
Art and Earth as Places of Emergence

Chapter 6. Caring for Art and Animals

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Elizabeth Sutton is Associate Professor at the University of Northern Iowa.