Art and the Making of Animal Rights

Kim Stallwood,, May 18, 2014

Interview with Steven Eisenman regarding his 2013 book The Cry of Nature - Art and the Making of Animal Rights, published by Reaktion Press.


Mention of Sue Coe:

Kim Stallwood: What is your view of 20th and 21st century artists like Pablo Picasso, Chaim Soutine, Francis Bacon, Damien Hirst, and Sue Coe? How did they depict animals?


Stephen F. Eisenman: Kim, that’s a big question, and readers will have to look at my book for an answer. But I will say that excepting Hirst, they all rejected in one way or another the cruel clichés of speciesism. Coe of course is the greatest moralist-artist active today. She proves that you can be both brilliant at your craft (drawing, painting, printmaking) and a powerful force for social change. She has single-handedly made more vegans than all the animal welfare groups put together!



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