Mark Dion, ‘The History of Natural History’, 2018, Print, 2 Color, copper plate etching, Storm King Art Center Benefit Auction
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Mark Dion

The History of Natural History, 2018

2 Color, copper plate etching
15 19/50 × 13 1/2 in
39.1 × 34.3 cm
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Storm King Art Center Benefit Auction

Currently on view at Storm King Art Center, Mark Dion: Follies is the first exhibition to unite the …

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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, Print, 2 Color, copper plate etching, Storm King Art Center Benefit Auction
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Currently on view at Storm King Art Center, Mark Dion: Follies is the first exhibition to unite the artist’s signature architectural projects into a major survey. Over the course of his career, Mark Dion (American, b. 1961) has investigated intersections between art, nature, and culture by collecting and displaying a …

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Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
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

2 Color, copper plate etching
15 19/50 × 13 1/2 in
39.1 × 34.3 cm
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