Unique Art Exhibition Features Animal Carcasses

Arranging materials like skulls, bones and feathers, artist Bruce Katsiff presents an evocative collection of photographs.

If you haven’t seen “Nature Morte: Platinum Prints by Bruce Katsiff,” you have until Jan. 25 to view an enormously intriguing exhibition of photography at the Delaware Art Museum. For more than 30 years, Katsiff has worked on the series. He collects the remains of birds and mammals—skulls, skeletons, bones, and feathers—which he arranges with other objects in his studio. His orderly compositions, evoking Renaissance cabinets of curiosities, are captured with a large-format view camera and printed in platinum and palladium. Born in Philadelphia, where he attended Central High School, Katsiff went on to study photography at Rochester Institute of Technology and completed graduate work at Pratt Institute in New York City, earning BFA and MFA degrees. He attended postgraduate studies at Oxford University. His work has been exhibited in such museums and galleries as the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Katsiff divides his time between Bucks County  and Philadelphia with his wife, Jo. Surprisingly beautiful, Katsiff’s photographs present a haunting meditation on mortality. Former director and CEO of the James A. Michener Art Museum and professor and chair of the art and music division at Bucks County Community College, Katsiff has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in Pennsylvania and New York. For more, visit delart.org.

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