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Author: Richard Ross; David Mellor; Phyllis Plous; University of California, Santa Barbara. University Art Museum.
Publisher: [New York] : Aperture, in association with the University Art Museum, Santa Barbara, ©1989.
Series: New images book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In these color photographs of art and natural history museums and their holdings, Ross, who teaches at UC Santa Barbara, wields considerable wit in constructing images of the institutions as we don't usually see them. In some cases, an animal's spirit is shown to have survived the taxidermist's art, flouting the authority of the knife (the face of a stuffed rhinoceros peers skeptically through glass, as though once  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Illustrated works
Exhibition catalogs
Exhibition, pictorial works
Exhibitions
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ross, Richard, 1947-
Museology.
[New York] : Aperture, in association with the University Art Museum, Santa Barbara, ©1989
(OCoLC)597673816
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Ross; David Mellor; Phyllis Plous; University of California, Santa Barbara. University Art Museum.
ISBN: 0893813761 9780893813765
OCLC Number: 19759464
Notes: Based on an exhibition organized by Phyllis Plous at the University Art Museum, Santa Barbara, March 1989.
Description: 79 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm.
Series Title: New images book.
Responsibility: photographs by Richard Ross ; essay by David Mellor ; foreword by J. David Farmer and Phyllis Plous ; introduction by Marcia Tucker.

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In these color photographs of art and natural history museums and their holdings, Ross, who teaches at UC Santa Barbara, wields considerable wit in constructing images of the institutions as we don't usually see them. In some cases, an animal's spirit is shown to have survived the taxidermist's art, flouting the authority of the knife (the face of a stuffed rhinoceros peers skeptically through glass, as though once again regnant). Elsewhere, held in suspended animation, victims in display cases seem sustained only by artifice, creating illusions of a perfectly orderly, hierarchical nature brought home to roost. In pure fun, Ross portrays a classical nude sculpture appearing to take cover from onlookers in a museum corner, and offers a delightful closeup of stuffed lions engaged in ferociously kitsch battle. But his thoughtful book, an exhibition catalogue, does more than amuse; it leaves readers with disquieting thoughts of predator and prey in museums and culture at large.--Amazon.com.

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