Mark Dion, ‘The History of Natural History’, 2018, Headlands Center for the Arts Benefit Auction
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Mark Dion

The History of Natural History, 2018

Lithograph
15 3/8 × 13 1/2 in
39.1 × 34.3 cm
Edition 5/20
This is part of a limited edition set.
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Headlands Center for the Arts Benefit Auction

Mark Dion (Headlands Artist in Residence ’98) was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He studied at …

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Mark Dion
American, b. 1961
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Mark Dion creates taxonomic installations that explore the way institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. Collecting objects and ephemera, Dion then arranges them for display in installations redolent of historical curiosity cabinets. Engaging in a form of amateur archaeology, Dion has dredged a canal in Venice for a piece at the Biennale, and the London Thames for an installation at the Tate Modern. For Rescue Archaeology (2004) at the Museum of Modern Art, he conducted excavations of the construction site for the building’s extension in 2000, uncovering old keys, bathroom tiles, and fragments of wallpaper, among other objects. Dion says of his Post-Minimalist-inspired process of accumulating objects and exploring museum ideologies: “The job of the artist is to go against the grain of dominant culture, to challenge perception and convention.”

Mark Dion, ‘The History of Natural History’, 2018, Headlands Center for the Arts Benefit Auction
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Mark Dion (Headlands Artist in Residence ’98) was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He studied at the Hartford Art School of the University of Hartford, Connecticut, which awarded him a BFA and, later, an honorary doctorate. Dion also attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and the prestigious Independent …

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Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery New York/Los Angeles
Mark Dion
American, b. 1961
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Mark Dion creates taxonomic installations that explore the way institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. Collecting objects and ephemera, Dion then arranges them for display in installations redolent of historical curiosity cabinets. Engaging in a form of amateur archaeology, Dion has dredged a canal in Venice for a piece at the Biennale, and the London Thames for an installation at the Tate Modern. For Rescue Archaeology (2004) at the Museum of Modern Art, he conducted excavations of the construction site for the building’s extension in 2000, uncovering old keys, bathroom tiles, and fragments of wallpaper, among other objects. Dion says of his Post-Minimalist-inspired process of accumulating objects and exploring museum ideologies: “The job of the artist is to go against the grain of dominant culture, to challenge perception and convention.”

Mark Dion

The History of Natural History, 2018

Lithograph
15 3/8 × 13 1/2 in
39.1 × 34.3 cm
Edition 5/20
This is part of a limited edition set.
Bidding closed
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