Art, Animals, and Experience: Relationships to Canines and the Natural World, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Art, Animals, and Experience

Relationships to Canines and the Natural World, 1st Edition

By Elizabeth Sutton


138 pages | 8 Color Illus. | 11 B/W Illus.

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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

About the Author

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

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies

This series is our home for innovative research in the fields of art and visual studies. It includes monographs and targeted edited collections that provide new insights into visual culture and art practice, theory, and research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / History / Prehistoric & Primitive
ART / History / Renaissance
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ART / Subjects & Themes / Plants & Animals
NATURE / General
NATURE / Animals / General
NATURE / Animal Rights
NATURE / Animals / Wolves
PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Phenomenology