Exotic animal visitors to Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries were more frequently dead than alive.
Napoléon Bonaparte reportedly rode over 130 horses during his 14-year reign, but only one ended up as taxidermy: the Arabian stallion named le Vizir.
On this week’s art crime blotter: a trove of taxidermy animals went missing, five Francis Bacons were stolen, and a gang of crooked auction house porters went on trial.
Plunge into dreams at Volta NY 2016.
Robert Marbury’s Taxidermy Art could easily be divided into a couple of books, both larger than this volume. Integrated, as they are here, these subjects make for a disjointed but nevertheless visually and intellectually stimulating read.
The similarities between contemporary art and taxidermy are more numerous and more humorous than I realized, and thanks to a slightly too smart, vaguely discomforting show called Whitetail Deer, A to Z by Rebecca Lieberman at Anthony Greaney Gallery in Boston this similarity has been brought to my attention in great depth and detail.