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E.g.
Hirst at r/site of 'work'
The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living
Damien Hirst, The Physical Impossibility of Beauty in the Mind of Someone Living (1992)

This tradition in conceptual art seems to have begun with Rober Robert Rauschenberg:
Monogram
Robert Rauchenberg, Monogram (1955-59)

Canyon

Rober Rauschenberg, Canyon (1959)

Tar and Feathers
Mark Dion, Tar and Feathers (1961)

Herman Nitsch, Aktion (1964)

How To Expain Pictures to A Dead Hare

Joseph Beuys, How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare (1965)

The Ballad of Trotsky

Maurizio Cattelan, Novicento (1997)

 

Scapegoat

John Isaacs, Other people’s Lives (scapegoat) (2003)

John Isaacs, Untitled (Monkey) (1995)

Maurizio Cattelan, Bidibidobidoboo (1996):

Note: John Isaacs uses areoplastic, not taxadermy.

 

Bruce Boehrer on The Merchant of Venice:

[I like him] very vildly in the morning, when he is sober and most vildly in the afternoon when he is drunk. When he is best, he is a little worse than a man, and when he is worse, he is a little better than a beast. And the worst fall that ever fell, I hope I shall make shift to go without him. (1.2.86-91)

The insult here is one that Shakespeare turns to again and again in his work, in ways that the present document seeks to document and explain. In effect, Portia’s words register a slippage of identity. As she seeks to understand the Duke of Saxony’s nephew in terms of the venerable and fundamental distinction between man and beast, the distinction sifts through her fingers, and she is left instead with an unresolvable ambiguity. On the one hand, the German suitor behaves in a way that Portia refuses to acknowledge as human; on the other hand his form and breeding and articulacy unquestionably exclude him from the animal world. The result is that he ends up in a sort of ontological indeterminacy–a linguistic in-between land whose existence is both denied and enabled by differential constructions of human and animal nature.

Work’s Cited

Boehrer, Bruce Thomas. “How To Do Things With Animals.” Shakespeare among the animals nature and society in the drama of early modern England. New York: Palgrave, 2002.