Fantastic Beasts

Fantastic Beasts

Louisa McCune for Art Desk - Fall 2018

Photographs of Modern and Contemporary Artists with their Animal Muses

Photographs of Modern and Contemporary Artists with their Animal Muses Animals are a welcome presence for most any artist, particularly the ones who spend their workdays alone in a studio. These remarkable photographs depict fourteen muse like relationships between artist and animal, collected here for the first time. From contemporary icons Ed Ruscha and his dog; Marina Abramovic and a falcon; and Ai Weiwei with a cat to artists like Dr. Seuss wit his Irish setter; Count Basie and his bulldog; and Frida Kahlo with a fawn, these creatures comfort the greatest makers in modern times.

Radcliffe Bailey with his dog (2017). Photograph by Joeff Davis