It’s been one brilliant season for animals in art.
After years of taxidermy sculptures, live creatures are en vogue. Darren Bader offered up an iguana and adorable cats at his MoMA PS1 show. Bjarne Melgaard hired two adorable five-and-a-half-month-old white tigers to model collars made by designer Ms. Fitz for his show at Ramiken Crucible. This summer, Nina Beier will present “a performance in which a live dog plays dead as it lies on a Persian rug” at Metro Pictures. No doubt there will be more animal art on the horizon.
To toast this trend, let’s take a look back at some of the most iconic works of contemporary art’s trailblazing animals.