Art: The First Fauves

Both children's art and the work of primitive peoples have long since won their artistic due. Now, says Art Historian Clay Lancaster, writing in the current issue of the College Art Journal, an even more primitive art may be headed for popularity: that of the birds and the beasts.

Animals have been artists for millions of years, says Lancaster, although "their theories remain sealed in [their] little minds." The spider, for example, "is a marvelous craftsman . . . The common orb web is a triumph of symmetry and artistry." Then there is the ant,...

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