Adonna Khare, “Elephants (detail),” 2012, pencil on paper, 89’ 7/8” x 32’ 3”, Photo: ArtPrize

Sixteen fascinating artworks that explore the ways contemporary artists address human issues by depicting an animal presence feature during a thought-provoking exhibition in Arkansas. Who, when, and where? Find out here.

On view through October 30 at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, “Animal Meet Human” is part of the institution’s ongoing initiative titled Collection Focus. The exhibition aims to delve into objects from the museum’s permanent holdings that “reveal an awareness of the edge where the animal kingdom meets with that of the human world,” the museum suggests.

“From Stone Age paintings on cave walls to artwork created today, animals are among the most enduring subjects of visual art through the ages. But what may seem like a simple tribute to a creature can also be a subtle reflection of human concerns. ‘Animal Meet Human’ is a focus exhibition that presents 16 objects from the 1950s onward in Crystal Bridges’ collection — some never before on view — and explores the ways contemporary artists address human issues by depicting an animal presence.”

Several works will be on view for the first time at the museum, including Adonna Khare’s massive 40-foot drawing “Elephants” and Andy Warhol’s colorful Endangered Species prints.

To learn more, visit the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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