Taxidermy Art A Rogue's Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself


From home-goods stores to hip bars, the Tate Modern to the most conservative décor magazines, taxidermy is everywhere these days. And for as long as there has been taxidermy, there have been people who are willing to push its boundaries—from the jackalope to Damien Hirst sticking a shark in a tank of formaldehyde. Unlike traditional taxidermy, these mounts are not meant to mimic reality and are instead used to artistic effect. Rogue taxidermy is at the cutting edge of this trend, featuring stunning, provocative pieces “not without a certain sly humor” (The New York Times). In this, the first-ever collection of rogue taxidermy, you’ll find a monkey with a fez and a martini glass, a jewel-encrusted piglet, a bionic fawn, and a polar bear balancing on a floating refrigerator. Author Robert Marbury makes for a friendly (and often funny) guide, addressing the three big questions people have about rogue taxidermy: What is it all about? Can I see some examples? and How can I make my own? He takes readers through a brief history of taxidermy (and what sets rogue taxidermy apart) and presents stunning pieces from twenty of the most influential artists in the field. Rounding out this guide are six illustrated how-to lessons to get readers started on their own work, with sources for taxidermy materials and resources for the budding taxidermist.  read more

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ISBN:

9781579655587

Format:

Hardback

Pages:

240

Dimensions:

22cm x 17cm

RRP:

$39.99

Category:

History , Art and Photography

Publisher:

Workman Publishing

Published:

03 November 2014

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert Marbury