Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Why Cats Paint by Heather Busch and Burton Silver

Why Cats Paint: A Theory of Feline AestheticsThis is a book for all you cat lovers out there. Just chock-full of pictures of catty cuteness. There's not a whole lot of narrative to this book, but it will give you a few hours of amusement, anyway.

What the text-based portion of this work really has, though, is a wonderfully fascetious take on the world of art criticism. If you've ever been around at one of those pretentious gallery showings where the critics and art lovers spend their time trying to out-jargon one another, you'll "get it."

For example:
"The first thing one notices about Tiger's work is its unusual complexity. His multiplicity of colors, intricacy  of line and constant variation of stroke angle to create texture result in paintings with a density of image unique among contemporary cat artists."


"Smokey has the ability to not only imbue his bucolic forms with elements of  'The Romantic' but also, more importantly, to maintain their dignity."

Priceless. Keep this one on your coffee table next to the Klee and Gaugin.

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