Mark Dion : Misadventures of a 21st-Century Naturalist
This companion book to a recent exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston offers a comprehensive survey of American artist Mark Dion. It is the first book in two decades to consider the entire oeuvre of Mark Dion (b. 1961).
Dion's 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.
- Author: Ruth Erickson
- Hardcover: 216 pages | 225 colour illustrations
- Date published: October 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0300224078
- Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 22.6 cm