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Alexis Turner

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The definitive volume on an art form with a rich history and cult popularity

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From style wilderness to height of cool, taxidermy has staged an extraordinary comeback. No longer confined to stately homes and trophy rooms, stuffed animals are popping up everywhere, from contemporary apartments to luxury department stores and art galleries.

Meticulously organized and illustrated with hundreds of photographs that explore every aspect of this rich art form, this book is the most comprehensive and beautiful survey of taxidermy ever produced. It features the world’s greatest museums, private collections rarely seen by the public, famous anthropomorphic taxidermy by Walter Potter and others, and bizarre examples of freaks and fakes. It also reproduces work by the most important contemporary artists working with taxidermy today, including Charles Avery, Neil Harnon, Polly Morgan, Tessa Farmer, Iris Schieferstein, Reid Peppard, Thomas Grünefeld, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, and Wim Delvoye. Curated and written by Alexis Turner, the founder of London Taxidermy, this book provides a connoisseur’s eye of a vast and fascinating subject.

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'A cacophony of the covetable, weird and wonderful … decidedly hard to put down'
The Field

'The founder of London Taxidermy lends his twenty years of experience to the creation of this beautiful book that catalogues and illustrates every aspect of this resurgent art form'

'A cabinet-of-curiosities of a book. It’s beautiful, odd, intriguing, strange and sometimes repellent, just like the history of taxidermy itself'
The Irish Times

'Richly illustrated'
Fortean Times

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 24.0 x 17.0 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Illustrations: 338

Publication date: 31 January 2019

ISBN: 9780500295045

About the Author

Alexis Turner is the founder of London Taxidermy and has been buying, selling and hiring natural history for twenty-five years. His clients include film and TV studios, fashion and jewelry designers, interior decorators, artists, advertising agencies, magazines, theatres, private collectors and museums.

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