The Nation: Suffering Catfish

Suffering Catfish Americans may feel sentimental about animals, but compared to the mother country, the U.S. is downright callous. Last week London's Hay ward Gallery opened an exhibition of eleven California artists' work—sculptures, constructions, video tapes. There were also six 20-ft.-long water tanks that La Jolla Artist Newton Harrison called Portable Fish Farm.

Other avant-garde artists have used human models and animals in their assemblages. Harrison filled his tanks with 135 catfish, 96 oysters, eleven lobsters, two crayfish and innumerable tiny brine shrimp to demonstrate, he said, how...

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