Published by Printed Matter, Inc/Friends of the High Line. Edited with introduction by Ethan Hauser. Text by Kenneth Helphand. Illustrations by Bryan McGovern Wilson, Naomi Reis. Design by Jorge Colombo.
An alternative guide to New York's beloved elevated park Presented as an alternative survey of some of the curious aspects of New York’s iconic High Line, this Field Guide by American artist Mark Dion (born 1961) provides an account of the wildlife, plants and insects that inhabit the space, as well as essays considering the social context and history of the site. Full of peculiar observations, rumors, speculations and mostly true facts, the Field Guide encourages viewers to question popular ideologies that define today’s “official” history of the elevated park. It includes “thoughts, musings and histories,” such as a timeline of events on the High Line, a “concise” guide to the wildlife and illustrated guide to the plants of the area, Facts, Myths, & Rumors and even a Lost & Found section. Facts, Myths & Rumors is particularly illustrative of Dion’s characteristic oscillation between fact and fiction. The section consists of a list of uncategorized statements, ranging from serious declarations (“the High Line once extended to Spring Street”) to more humorous musings (“the ghost of the West Side Cowboy has been seen and heard around the West 20th Street section of the park”). Dion leaves the viewer to separate truth from myth. Taken as a whole, the text encourages imagination and inquiry rather than dictating fact, asking the viewer to play a role in shaping his or her own version of history. Dion’s Field Guide is a colorful introduction offering new perspective on the High Line.
PUBLISHER Printed Matter, Inc/Friends of the High Line
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 4.5 x 7 in. / 48 pgs / 35 color / 28 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 2/28/2017 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2017 p. 46
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Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Petra Lange-Berndt, Dietmar Rübel.
Mark Dion (born 1961) combs the archives of world-famous institutions, questioning the traditional classification systems with which objects from all around the world are collected and presented. This volume documents his "archaeology of education" from the collection of the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts.
Published by Forlaget Press. Edited by Line Ulekleiv. Preface and interview by Svein Rønning. Foreword by Jan Andresen. Text by Petra Lange-Berndt, Jon-Ove Steihaug, Dag O. Hessen.
“Den” is a cave installation by Mark Dion (born 1961) in the mountains of Norway. Dion installed a sleeping model bear on top of a pile of manmade detritus, allegorically posing the question of whether man or animal dominates the world."
Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Dieter Buchhart.
For more than 20 years, American artist Mark Dion has had archive fever. Organized according to a quirky system of categorization, his tableaux of dusty collections consist of stuffed bears, tarred birds and scientific tools, which are exhibited on tables, piled in corners or arranged on the floor. Borrowing their methodologies from paleontology or archeology, Dion's installations, interventions, performances and photographs critique how our culture reconciles its coexistence with nature, while at the same time revealing nature as a construct that is constantly being reshaped and reinterpreted. This publication provides a detailed look at Concerning Hunting, Dion's most recent project, an examination of the controversial cultural practice, in which Dion grapples with hunting's fundamental contradiction: the hunter's sensitivity to the balance of nature is cultivated as a means to becoming more skilled at finding and killing his prey.
What is the role of the museum in contemporary society? Using the Oakland Museum of California as a case study, artist Mark Dion examines how museum practices have shifted over time, what these changes mean for objects in museum collections, and what we can learn about our culture from what's included and what's abandoned. Enclosed in a clamshell case and featuring fourteen specimen cards, this deluxe volume brings the reader into Dion's process and reveals how the order of images can change one's perception of objects. Contributions from celebrated writers, including Lawrence Weschler and D. Graham Burnett, articulate Dion's unique power of examination.
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Published by Phaidon. Survey by Lisa Graziose Corrin, Interview by Miwon Kwon, Focus by Norman Bryson, Artist's Choice text by John Berger, Writings by Mark Dion.
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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PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780714836591RETAIL List Price: $45.00 CDN $45.00