Entertaining and engaging nature,
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This review is from: Becoming Animal: Contemporary Art in the Animal Kingdom (Hardcover)
Becoming Animal: Contemporary Art in the Animal Kingdom, is a catalogue featuring contemporary artists who participated in an exhibition held at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The artists in question all deal with issues regarding the relationship between humans and animals, through media including installation and performance.
This book has been one of my favourite artist reference books ever since I serendipitously stumbled across it in my University library. It is a beautifully laid out book, with clear full-colour photos of the spotlighted artists' works. The book also contains informative and interesting interviews with the artists.
The book has aided me greatly in the past for research purposes; I am currently studying art at University and much of my work revolves around an interest in human/animal behaviour. I now own my own copy of the book to use as reference for a dissertation that I am currently writing.
Becoming Animal has introduced me to an array of artists that I hadn't heard of but have since been greatly inspired by. In particular, the haunting works of Jane Alexander and the playful nature of Kathy High struck a chord with me. I also enjoyed the reference to Joseph Beuys' work “How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare”, a bizarre but brilliant performance by one of my all-time favourite artists.
This book has taken pride of place on my bookshelf due to its entertaining and engaging nature. As well as being highly useful academically, it is also nice to just sit with it and look at the pictures.