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This text explores the work of vanguard artist Mark Dion who has made site-specific projects all over the world which explore the relationship of Western art, literature and museology with the natural environment. His sculptures and installations often focus on contemporary environmental issues, and have the uncanny quality of film sets or dioramas. His life-size environments have included live and stuffed animals, plants, lab equipment, and museological displays of garbage. They present lyrical and funny investigations into exoticism, colonialism and environmental crisis. Dion himself has taken on a variety of personae including reporter, scientist, explorer and detective. He has also set up collaborations with anthropologists, zoologists, geographers and groups of school children, and is well-known for his drawings and his writings. The book is part of a series of studies of important artists of the late-20th century. Each title offers a comprehensive survey of the artist's work, providing analyses and multiple perspectives on contemporary art and its inspiration.
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Miwon Kwon interviews the artist and discusses the interface between ecology and culture; Lisa Graziose Corrin surveys Dion's work and his investigation into "natural" history; Norman Bryson makes an iconographical analysis of "The Library for the Birds of Antwerp", an indoor sculpture Dion constructed for 20 live African finches in 1993; the artist's choice extract by John Berger analyzes the position of animals in a capitalist society; the artist's writing section contains interviews and Dion's provocative, witty and often lyrical writings on nature and his role as an artist engaged in environmental issues.

About the Author

Lisa Graziose Corrin is the Director of the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Formerly Chief Curator at The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, Chief Curator at the Serpentine Gallery in London and Deputy Director of Art at the Seattle Art Museum, she has also contributed to a range of art journals. Miwon Kwon is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of California, Los Angeles. She was a founding editor and publisher of the journal Documents, and serves on the advisory board of October. She is the author of One Place After Another: Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity (2002). Norman Bryson is a British-born art historian and Professor of Art History at the University of California, San Diego. He has published widely in the areas of eighteenth-century art history, critical theory, and contemporary art.

Reviews

"An exquisite and absorbing exploration of Dion's practice... Richly rewarding."-Stills On the Contemporary Artists Series "The boldest, best executed, and most far-reaching publishing project devoted to contemporary art. These books will revolutionize the way contemporary art is presented and written about."-Artforum "The combination of intelligent analysis, personal insight, useful facts and plentiful pictures is a superb format invaluable for specialists but also interesting for casual readers, it makes these books a must for the library of anyone who cares about contemporary art."-Time Out "A unique series of informative monographs on individual artists."-The Sunday Times "Gives the reader the impression of a personal encounter with the artists. Apart from the writing which is lucid and illuminating, it is undoubtedly the wealth of lavish illustrations which makes looking at these books a satisfying entertainment."-The Art Book

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