138 pages | 8 Color Illus. | 11 B/W Illus.
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
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
Past Made Present
Chapter 3. Glances with Wolves: Encounters with Little John and Joseph Beuys
Seeing and Being with Little John
Presencing Other Worlds
Gathering Together in the Gap
Chapter 4. Glimpses into the Unknown: Contemporary Taxidermy and Photography
Spaces Between: Yellow and Taza
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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