Artful Cats

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Cats, cats, and more cats! Expressive or aloof, affectionate or enigmatic, cats have complicated characters that make them compelling artists' muses. Artful Cats: Discoveries from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art celebrates our cultural heritage through our enduring fascination, love, and bemusement with our feline familiars. In 130 rarely seen photos, paintings, sketches, manuscripts, and letters from the Archives of American Art, Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Louise Nevelson, Marcel Breuer, Yves Tanguy, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Weston, Robert Indiana, Judy Chicago, Berenice Abbott, and Romare Bearden show off their cat companions, inspirations, and instigators.

Museum Story

The charm and curiosity of feline friends is captured in playful gifts drawn from the Artful Cats collection at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.


  • 144 pages
  • 130 illustrations
  • Hardcover
  • 8.875"H x 6.75"W