Mark Dion

Misadventures of a 21st-Century Naturalist

Author: Ruth Erickson

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300224079

Category: Art

Page: 216

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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.
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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

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 64

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Artwork by Mark Dion. Contributions by Brie Edwards. Text by Richard Klein.
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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

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Page: N.A

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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

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Mark Dion

Travels of William Bartram Reconsidered

Author: Mark Dion,Julie Courtney

Publisher: John Bartram Assocation

ISBN: 9780615257488

Category: Art

Page: 111

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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
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Earth-mapping

Artists Reshaping Landscape

Author: Edward S. Casey

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816643326

Category: Art

Page: 242

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Shows how contemporary artists re-envision the earth in innovative painterly, sculptural, and architectural ways.
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Wunderkammer - Exotica

Interiors That Make You Feel Good

Author: Thijs Demeulemeester

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789401442725

Category: Design

Page: 176

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*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.
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Visual Display

Culture Beyond Appearances

Author: Lynne Cooke,Peter Wollen

Publisher: Bay Pr

ISBN: 9780941920322

Category: Art and society

Page: 351

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A "highly recommended" (Library Journal) contribution to interdisciplinary debate about how cultural differences are implicit within visual forms.
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Betye Saar

Still Tickin'

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780979893667

Category:

Page: N.A

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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."
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Vik Muniz

Author: Arthur Ollman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783791355191

Category:

Page: 192

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This exhilarating overview of the acclaimed artist Vik Muniz traces the development of his work from the very beginning of his career to his most recent astonishing large-scale works. Vik Muniz is celebrated for his joyful, quirky, dark, and occasionally mind-boggling work that riffs on popular photographic imagery, referencing social icons and cultural realities and juxtaposing these themes in fascinating ways. This book features an extraordinary selection of works that span Muniz's entire career--more than 150 color illustrations display the enormous range of Muniz's work and the disorienting and expansive logic of his world. International icon Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is portrayed with diamonds with as much reverence as Brazilian landfill workers whose portraits are created from the trash they collect. The Mona Lisa is recreated in peanut butter and jelly. Artist Jackson Pollock is depicted in his studio in a work made entirely out of chocolate syrup. Throughout, Muniz's irreverent and thought-provoking approach to his subjects reveals the shaky underpinnings of universally accepted "truths."
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Leap Before You Look

Black Mountain College 1933-1957

Author: Helen Molesworth

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300211910

Category:

Page: 400

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A dynamic new look at the legendary college that was a major incubator of the arts in midcentury America
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Mark Dion

Author: Mark Dion,Lisa G. Corrin,Miwon Kwon,Norman Bryson

Publisher: Phaidon Inc Ltd

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 160

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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.
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Object Lessons

The Visualisation of Nineteenth-Century Life Sciences

Author: George Loudon,Lynne Cooke

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781909932104

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Page: 240

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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.
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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

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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.
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Wildwood

A Journey Through Trees

Author: Roger Deakin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 143910994X

Category: Nature

Page: 416

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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.
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Mary Corse

Author: Kim Conaty

Publisher: Whitney Museum of American Art

ISBN: 9780300234978

Category: Art

Page: 154

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Initially trained as an abstract painter, Mary Corse (b. 1945) emerged in the mid-1960s as one of the few women associated with the California Light and Space movement. This catalogue is the first comprehensive examination of this singular artist's work, and features new scholarship and object studies that underscore how Corse's groundbreaking approach to light, perception, and subjectivity forged a new language of painting. Over more than five decades, Corse has maintained a commitment to abstraction and belief in modernist painting even as she charted her own course through her studies in quantum physics and investigations into a range of unconventional materials, from Tesla coils and neon to glass microbeads and glitter. Kim Conaty's essay investigates how the artist's early experiments with light--creating "paintings" made of fluorescent or neon--made way for her subsequent explorations into how light might be integrated into the surface of her canvases through the interplay of reflection and refraction. Corse's exquisite paintings activate the viewer in the creation of the perceptual experience: the kinetic effect of the work is contingent upon the movement of the body through space. As Corse has explained: "Art is not on the wall, it's in your perception."
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Mauprat

Author: George Sand

Publisher: Boston : Roberts Brothers

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 324

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Alexis Rockman

A Fable for Tomorrow

Author: Joanna Marsh,Kevin J. Avery,Thomas E. Lovejoy

Publisher: D Giles Limited

ISBN: 9781904832867

Category: Art

Page: 176

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"Published on the occasion of the exhibition Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow, held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, November 19, 2010-May 8, 2011."
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Travels

Author: William Bartram

Publisher: Gibbs Smith

ISBN: 9780879050795

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 332

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Bartram's Travels is one of the earliest and most important books of A merican natural history. For four years (1773-1777) William Bartram wandered through the virgin forests, valleys, and wetlands of the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. His lyrical descriptions of the American wilderness influenced the work of literary figures while also becoming recognized as a classic of natural history writing.
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