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Description - Mark Dion by John Berger

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714836591
ISBN-10: 0714836591
Format: Paperback
(290mm x 250mm x 18mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Aug-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Berger

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.

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