Catalog for the Animal Tales exhibition that took place at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion from November 21, 1997-February 25, 1998.
"The very first art works created, the Paleolithic cave paintings as Lascaux and Altimara, had animals as their subjects. "Animal tales: Contemporary Bestiary and Animal Painting" considers the more recent history of animal imagery in artists' books and paintings...The first essay focuses on twelve artists who use animals as allegories of the relationship between people and the natural world. The second essay explores the artists, writers, and fine-press publishers who have been reviving the themes of the bestiary, fable, and animal-alphabet since the mid-century. What the essays- and the works themselves- reveal is a great diversity in artists' depictions of animals, one that reflects our growing knowledge and still-changing attitudes toward nature, its birds and beasts, and our place within it." - introduction