Mark Dion

Misadventures of a 21st-Century Naturalist
Author: Ruth Erickson
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300224079
Category: Art
Page: 216
View: 9514
A comprehensive survey of American artist Mark Dion, examining three decades of his critically engaged practice interrogating our relationship with nature The first book in two decades to consider the entire oeuvre of Mark Dion (b. 1961), this volume examines thirty years of the American artist's pioneering inquiries into how we collect, interpret, and display nature. Part of a generation of artists expanding institutional critique in the 1990s, Dion adopted the methods of the archaeologist or the natural history museum, juxtaposing natural objects, taxidermy, books, and more to reorganize the natural and the manmade in poetic, witty ways. These sculptures, installations, and interventions offer novel approaches to questioning institutional power, which he sees as connected to the control and representation of nature. Generously illustrated, this publication introduces new insights and features more than seventy-five artworks. Essays address topics ranging from Dion's ecological activism to his loving critique of museums. A diverse group of contributors explores his work as a teacher, his public artworks such as Neukom Vivarium in Seattle, and his intricate curiosity cabinets installed throughout the world. They reveal how Dion's practice and formal investigations--which are rooted in history--connect to contemporary questions of disciplinary boundaries and the acquisition of knowledge in the age of the Anthropocene.

Mark Dion

drawings, journals, photographs, souvenirs, and trophies, 1990-2003
Author: Mark Dion,Richard Klein,Bree Edwards,Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (Ridgefield, Conn.)
Publisher: Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art
Category: Art
Page: 64
View: 5550
Artwork by Mark Dion. Contributions by Brie Edwards. Text by Richard Klein.

Cabinet of Curiosities

Mark Dion and the University as Installation
Author: Colleen Josephine Sheehy,Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9781452908939
Page: N.A
View: 7506

The Incomplete Writings of Mark Dion

Selected Interviews, Fragments, and Miscellany
Author: Mark Dion,William Schefferine,Joshua Decter
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9789082783100
Category: Artists' writings
Page: 544
View: 6452


Artists Reshaping Landscape
Author: Edward S. Casey
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 0816643326
Category: Art
Page: 242
View: 6242
Shows how contemporary artists re-envision the earth in innovative painterly, sculptural, and architectural ways.

Natural History and Other Fictions

An Exhibition by Mark Dion
Author: Mark Dion
Publisher: N.A
Category: Philosophy
Page: 80
View: 2596

Mark Dion

Travels of William Bartram Reconsidered
Author: Mark Dion,Julie Courtney
Publisher: John Bartram Assocation
ISBN: 9780615257488
Category: Art
Page: 111
View: 6487
Combining humor and seriousness, this picture-filled book beautifully documents an artistic collaboration across more than two centuries. The 18th-century naturalist/artist William Bartram is renowned for hisTravels, a volume recounting his 1770s trip through the American Southeast and for his revelatory drawings. Mark Dion is a contemporary artist famous for working with historical and museum collections, and for site-specific displays that mimic the historical exhibits surrounding them. Commissioned for the landmark John Bartram house at Philadelphia's Bartram's Garden, the "Travels Reconsidered" exhibition and Dion's 21st-century journey that produced it are evoked inTravels of William Bartram - Reconsidered, a book filled with copious photographs, drawings, and texts. Essays by the organizing art curator and an art critic; the first history of Bartram's Garden published in 50 years, by its Resident Bartram Scholar; and excerpts from Mark Dion's travel diary and reproductions of letters and texts about the project and its people make this book a treasure trove of exploration that encompasses different times, spaces, and ideas of natural history and art. Distributed by Temple University Press for The John Bartram Association

Wunderkammer - Exotica

Interiors That Make You Feel Good
Author: Thijs Demeulemeester
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9789401442725
Category: Design
Page: 176
View: 4835
*With wonderful illustrations in a refreshing, contemporary lay-out, this book is a 'Wunderkammer', a Cabinet of Curiosity, in itself*Brings the world of explorers back to life, inspiring budding collectors*In the same series as Wonders are Collectible Wunderkammern are showing up everywhere these days. Design webshops, expos, interior design stores: they all try to bring back the memory of the century-old tradition of Wunderkammer, or 'the Cabinet of Curiosities'. This book is a Wunderkammer in itself, showcasing the most beautiful exotica, which explorers and adventurous merchants brought back from all over the world for rich collectors. Be amazed by beautiful seashells, stuffed animals, sculptured ostrich eggs, botanical drawings, 'dragons' preserved in formaldehyde, and bewildering Indiana Jones-like stories. A fascinating New World presented itself to them, and in this book, you'll see it through their eyes.

Visual Display

Culture Beyond Appearances
Author: Lynne Cooke,Peter Wollen
Publisher: Bay Pr
ISBN: 9780941920322
Category: Art and society
Page: 351
View: 2787
A "highly recommended" (Library Journal) contribution to interdisciplinary debate about how cultural differences are implicit within visual forms.

Betye Saar

Still Tickin'
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780979893667
Page: N.A
View: 1439
Betye Saar (born 1926) is a legend. For 60 years, she has created powerful artworks that question traditional roles and representations of African Americans and women in the US, as well as deeply personal works about her family history and spirituality. Betye Saar: Still Tickin' considers the breadth of the artist's career and its key themes. To contextualize Saar's works, this volume includes writings by the artist from the 1970s to the present day as well as a recent interview with Saar in which she discusses her artistic practice and her views on history, including the current debate about police violence in the US. "My art becomes an explorer, a tracer of forgotten tribes, a seeker of sanctified visions," explains Saar. "These works are what I leave behind."

Leap Before You Look

Black Mountain College 1933-1957
Author: Helen Molesworth
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300211910
Page: 400
View: 9875
A dynamic new look at the legendary college that was a major incubator of the arts in midcentury America

Mark Dion

Author: Mark Dion,Lisa G. Corrin,Miwon Kwon,Norman Bryson
Publisher: Phaidon Inc Ltd
Category: Art
Page: 160
View: 700
This text explores the work of vanguard artist Mark Dion who has madeite-specific projects all over the world which explore the relationship ofestern art, literature and museology with the natural environment. Hisculptures and installations often focus on contemporary environmental issues,nd have the uncanny quality of film sets or dioramas. His life-sizenvironments have included live and stuffed animals, plants, lab equipment,nd museological displays of garbage. They present lyrical and funnynvestigations into exoticism, colonialism and environmental crisis.;Dionimself has taken on a variety of personae including reporter, scientist,xplorer and detective. He has also set up collaborations withnthropologists, zoologists, geographers and groups of school children, ands well-known for his drawings and his writings.;The book is part of a seriesf studies of important artists of the late-20th century. Each title offers aomprehensive survey of the artist's work, providing analyses and multipleerspectives on contemporary art and its inspiration.

Object Lessons

The Visualisation of Nineteenth-Century Life Sciences
Author: George Loudon,Lynne Cooke
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781909932104
Page: 240
View: 6435
Offering a unique perspective on the intersection of art and science, the historic curiosities in this collection reveal their creators’ remarkable capacity for artistic expression. Assembling nearly 200 pieces from the collection of George Loudon, the volume encompasses a vast assortment of objects relating to nineteenth-century life sciences. Originally designed to capture the complex structures of nature, they range from books and illustrations to botanical specimens and anatomical models. Having lost most of their original pedagogical function over time, the objects are now open for contemporary reappraisal; acquiring new values that can inspire, seduce and even disorientate today’s viewer. Alongside new photography by Rosamond Purcell, explanatory texts on the objects by Loudon, an essay by Robert McCracken Peck, and a conversation between Loudon and Lynne Cooke together offer insight into the objects’ original context and potential for new perspectives.

Explaining Social Behavior

More Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences
Author: Jon Elster
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316368564
Category: Science
Page: N.A
View: 7330
In this new edition of his critically acclaimed book, Jon Elster examines the nature of social behavior, proposing choice as the central concept of the social sciences. Extensively revised throughout, the book offers an overview of key explanatory mechanisms, drawing on many case studies and experiments to explore the nature of explanation in the social sciences; an analysis of the mental states - beliefs, desires, and emotions - that are precursors to action; a systematic comparison of rational-choice models of behavior with alternative accounts, and a review of mechanisms of social interaction ranging from strategic behavior to collective decision making. A wholly new chapter includes an exploration of classical moralists and Proust in charting mental mechanisms operating 'behind the back' of the agent, and a new conclusion points to the pitfalls and fallacies in current ways of doing social science, proposing guidelines for more modest and more robust procedures.

Diamond Mountains

Travel and Nostalgia in Korean Art
Author: Soyoung Lee,Ahn Daehoe,Chin-Sung Chang,Lee Soomi
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
ISBN: 1588396533
Category: Art
Page: 164
View: 7580
Mount Geumgang, also known as the Diamond Mountains, is perhaps the most famous and emotionally resonant site on the Korean Peninsula, a magnificent range of rocky peaks, waterfalls, and lagoons, dotted with pavilions and temples. Since ancient times, it has inspired cultural pride, spurred spiritual and artistic pilgrimages, and engendered an outpouring of creative expression. Yet since the partition of Korea in 1945 situated it in the North, Mount Geumgang has remained largely inaccessible to visitors, shrouded in legend, loss, and longing. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Verdana} Diamond Mountains: Travel and Nostalgia in Korean Art is the first book in English to explore the pictorial representations of this grand and varied landscape. The special exhibition it accompanies, organized by Soyoung Lee, Curator in the Department of Asian Art, examines the evolution of Diamond Mountains imagery from the golden age of Korean true-view painting in the eighteenth century to the present day. Even today, when a profusion of Instagram photos can make the world’s most obscure sites and geographical oddities seem familiar, the Diamond Mountains portrayed here in album leaves, scrolls, and screens will be a revelation to many.

John Baldessari Catalogue Raisonne

Author: Robert Dean
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780300214895
Page: 528
View: 9057
This handsome volume, the third of the John Baldessari (b. 1931) catalogue raisonne project, compiles 400-plus unique works of art made by the influential conceptual artist from 1987 through 1993. Here we see the artist's large-scale photo-based works, many of which employed his signature colored discs painted over the faces of people in the photos, accompanied by entries that trace the shifts and developments in Baldessari's work as his collaged photo narratives achieved maturity and mastery. A critical essay by Briony Fer provides a close reading of selected works, giving historical context for Baldessari's art from this period. In addition to a detailed chronology, complete exhibition history, and bibliography, this volume notably features a previously unpublished conversation between Baldessari and the artist Ed Ruscha, which was undertaken specifically for this publication. In the conversation, the artists discuss their early careers in Southern California and the shared thematic concerns in their work.0The artworks in this volume demonstrate Baldessari's ability to express-and, in many cases, combine-the narrative potential of images and the associative power of language within the boundaries of a single piece.

Edlis/Neeson Collection

The Art Institute of Chicago
Author: James Rondeau,Art Institute Of Chicago
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300218737
Category: Art
Page: 132
View: 8753
Marking an important moment in the Art Institute of Chicago's 136-year history, this book documents an exceptional gift to the museum: the Edlis/Neeson Collection, consisting of 44 stellar works of contemporary art. Among the highlights are major paintings by some of the 20th century's best-known artists, including Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol. Also included in the gift are paintings, photographs, and sculptures by icons of contemporary art such as Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, and Cindy Sherman. This catalogue places the Edlis/Neeson Collection in direct dialogue with works already in the Art Institute's holdings. An essay by James Rondeau situates the gift in the context of the museum's history and uses it to illustrate the growth and development of Pop Art. Most importantly, this book celebrates a transformative gift that allows the Art Institute to claim the most important collection of modern and contemporary art in any encyclopedic institution in the world.


Author: George Sand
Publisher: Boston : Roberts Brothers
Page: 324
View: 9597


A Journey Through Trees
Author: Roger Deakin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 143910994X
Category: Nature
Page: 416
View: 2613
Here, published for the first time in the United States, is the last book by Roger Deakin, famed British nature writer and icon of the environmentalist movement. In Deakin's glorious meditation on wood, the "fifth element" -- as it exists in nature, in our culture, and in our souls -- the reader accompanies Deakin through the woods of Britain, Europe, Kazakhstan, and Australia in search of what lies behind man's profound and enduring connection with trees. Deakin lives in forest shacks, goes "coppicing" in Suffolk, swims beneath the walnut trees of the Haut-Languedoc, and hunts bushplums with Aboriginal women in the outback. Along the way, he ferrets out the mysteries of woods, detailing the life stories of the timber beams composing his Elizabethan house and searching for the origin of the apple. As the world's forests are whittled away, Deakin's sparkling prose evokes woodlands anarchic with life, rendering each tree as an individual, living being. At once a traveler's tale and a splendid work of natural history, Wildwood reveals, amid the world's marvelous diversity, that which is universal in human experience.

Andy Warhol / Ai Weiwei

Author: Max Delany,Eric C. Shiner,John J. Curley,Caroline A. Jones,Anna Poletti,Larry Warsh,Gao Minglu,John Tancock,Kathryn Weir,Mathew Wrbican
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300219350
Category: Art
Page: 328
View: 682
This stunning publication is the first to examine in tandem the work and influence of two towering figures in contemporary art Andy Warhol (1928-1987) and Ai Weiwei (b. 1957) are two of the most internationally renowned artists of the past 100 years, famous not only for their artwork but also for influencing the culture of their time. This exciting book is the first to consider the work of these artists alongside one another, in dialogue and in correspondence, to explore the artists' meticulous observations of modern and contemporary art, life, and politics. Andy Warhol's investigation of consumer society, fame, and celebrity offers thought-provoking points of connection with Ai Weiwei's interrogation of the relationship between tradition and modernity, the role of the individual to the state, questions of human rights, and the value of freedom of expression. Parallels also exist between the ways in which each artist transformed the understanding of artistic value and studio production, and redefined the role of the artist--as impresario, cultural producer, activist, and brand. Alongside beautifully reproduced images by both artists--including works by Ai Weiwei published here for the first time--are illuminating essays by an international team of art experts, curators, and scholars that survey the scope of the artists' careers and interpret the significant impact of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei on modern art and contemporary life. This deluxe, collectible catalogue is available in three different, limited-edition colors.