Mark Dion

Author: Ruth Erickson
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300224078
Release Date: 2017-10-06
Genre: Art

A comprehensive survey of American artist Mark Dion, examining three decades of his critically engaged practice interrogating our relationship with nature The first book in two decades to consider the entire oeuvre of Mark Dion (b. 1961), this volume examines thirty years of the American artist's pioneering inquiries into how we collect, interpret, and display nature. Part of a generation of artists expanding institutional critique in the 1990s, Dion adopted the methods of the archaeologist or the natural history museum, juxtaposing natural objects, taxidermy, books, and more to reorganize the natural and the manmade in poetic, witty ways. These sculptures, installations, and interventions offer novel approaches to questioning institutional power, which he sees as connected to the control and representation of nature. Generously illustrated, this publication introduces new insights and features more than seventy-five artworks. Essays address topics ranging from Dion's ecological activism to his loving critique of museums. A diverse group of contributors explores his work as a teacher, his public artworks such as Neukom Vivarium in Seattle, and his intricate curiosity cabinets installed throughout the world. They reveal how Dion's practice and formal investigations--which are rooted in history--connect to contemporary questions of disciplinary boundaries and the acquisition of knowledge in the age of the Anthropocene.

Objektivit t und Imagination

Author: Annerose Keßler
Publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 9783839438657
Release Date: 2018-09-30
Genre: Art

Naturgeschichte nimmt, ausgehend von der Beschreibung und Systematisierung ihrer Objekte, das Prozesshafte der Natur in den Blick und macht Wissen (be-)greifbar. Im Fokus der Beiträge, die Reflexe der Naturgeschichte in der Kunst verhandeln, steht erstmals der Versuch einer Kunstgeschichte der Naturgeschichte für das 20. und 21. Jahrhundert. Die Beiträge beziehen Fragestellungen der Kultur- und Medienwissenschaft, Designwissenschaft, Architekturgeschichte, Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Philosophie und Biologie sowie der präparatorischen und museologischen Praxis mit ein. Im Spannungsfeld von Objektivität und Imagination werden künstlerische Adaptionen und Neuschöpfungen naturkundlicher Konzepte und Methoden, Bildstrategien und Präsentationsformen dargestellt und diskutiert.

Dewey for Artists

Author: Mary Jane Jacob
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226580586
Release Date: 2018-11-16
Genre: Art

John Dewey is known as a pragmatic philosopher and progressive architect of American educational reform, but some of his most important contributions came in his thinking about art. Dewey argued that there is strong social value to be found in art, and it is artists who often most challenge our preconceived notions. Dewey for Artists shows us how Dewey advocated for an “art of democracy.” Identifying the audience as co-creator of a work of art by virtue of their experience, he made space for public participation. Moreover, he believed that societies only become—and remain—truly democratic if its citizens embrace democracy itself as a creative act, and in this he advocated for the social participation of artists. Throughout the book, Mary Jane Jacob draws on the experiences of contemporary artists who have modeled Dewey’s principles within their practices. We see how their work springs from deeply held values. We see, too, how carefully considered curatorial practice can address the manifold ways in which aesthetic experience happens and, thus, enable viewers to find greater meaning and purpose. And it is this potential of art for self and social realization, Jacob helps us understand, that further ensures Dewey’s legacy—and the culture we live in.

France and the Visual Arts since 1945

Author: Catherine Dossin
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781501341540
Release Date: 2018-09-20
Genre: Art

Taking on the myth of France's creative exhaustion following World War II, this collection of essays brings together an international team of scholars, whose research offers English readers a rich and complex overview of the place of France and French artists in the visual arts since 1945. Addressing a wide range of artistic practices, spanning over seven decades, and using different methodologies, their contributions cover ground charted and unknown. They introduce greater depth and specificity to familiar artists and movements, such as Lettrism, Situationist International or Nouveau Réalisme, while bringing to the fore lesser known artists and groups, including GRAPUS, the Sociological Art Collective, and Nicolas Schöffer. Collectively, they stress the political dimensions and social ambitions of the art produced in France at the time, deconstruct the traditional geography of the French art world, and highlight the multiculturalism of the French art scene that resulted from its colonial past and the constant flux of artistic travels and migrations. Ultimately, the book contributes to a story of postwar art in which France can be inscribed not as a main or sub chapter, but rather as a vector in the wider constellation of modern and contemporary art.


Author: Rachel Cusk
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 9783518756942
Release Date: 2018-07-09
Genre: Fiction

Faye ist Schriftstellerin und unterwegs, ihren neuen Roman vorzustellen. Für sie scheint diese Reise lebensentscheidend. Nicht nur hofft sie, endlich die ihr gebührende öffentliche Anerkennung zu finden, sie sucht vor allem Abstand zu einer privaten Katastrophe. Sie begegnet Kollegen, die sich um Kopf und Kragen reden, sie bestreitet Bühnengespräche, in denen man ihr nicht zuhört und sie gibt Interviews, ohne wirklich selbst zu Wort zu kommen. Doch je mehr sie sich auf die anderen einlässt, umso deutlicher wird Faye, was jenseits all der Geschichten und Fiktionen liegt, mit denen die Menschen sich fast obsessiv wappnen. Die Konsequenz, die Faye für sich daraus zieht, ist einleuchtend – führt sie aber geradewegs zurück in die Bodenlosigkeit ihrer persönlichen Situation. Was verbergen wir, indem wir uns zeigen? Und warum wissen wir am wenigsten über das, was uns am meisten bewegt? Rachel Cusk ist »eine originäre, eine geradezu philosophische Schriftstellerin.« (taz) und Kudos ein lebenskluger, beziehungsreicher Roman, erzählt mit schlichter Eleganz und häretischem Witz.

Die Analphabetin

Author: Agota Kristof
Publisher: Piper ebooks
ISBN: 9783492972413
Release Date: 2015-08-10
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Fremd in einer fremden Sprache – und doch wurde sie zu einer der wichtigsten Schriftstellerinnen der Gegenwart. Nach einer wohlbehüteten Kindheit in Ungarn hatte Agota Kristof unter der kommunistischen Herrschaft zu leiden. Als ihr Vater verhaftet wurde, musste das junge Mädchen in ein staatliches Internat. 1956 floh Agota Kristof mit ihrem Mann und ihrem vier Monate alten Kind in die französischsprachige Schweiz. Dort war sie plötzlich eine Analphabetin und musste eine völlig neue Sprache erlernen– und schreibt seither großartige französische Prosa.

Partners in Design

Author: Donald Albrecht
Publisher: Arnoldsche Verlagsanstalt GmbH
ISBN: 3897904969
Release Date: 2017-03

-Comprehensive essays and series of photos trace how modernism found its way into the American cultural landscape As the 1930s began, Alfred H. Barr Jr., founder of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Philip Johnson, distinguished architect, brought the principles of the Bauhaus to America - even before exiles from Nazi Germany fully established the idea of architecture and furnishings as a functional whole in the United States. Barr's organization of the museum reflected the departmental structure of the Bauhaus, elevating architecture, graphic design, utilitarian furniture design, industrial design, photography and film to be on an equal footing with painting and sculpture, and endorsing all to be recognized as art. Barr and Johnson curated exceptional exhibitions such as Modern Architecture, International Exhibition (1932) and Machine Art (1934) at MoMA and created modern interiors in private living quarters. In this book, comprehensive essays and series of photos trace how modernism found its way into the American cultural landscape. Text in German.

Animal art

Author: Petra Lange-Berndt
ISBN: 3889601030
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Animals in art

Observing Beast Time Evolution

Author: Elke Falat
Publisher: Kerber Verlag
ISBN: UCSD:31822036372092
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Art

Artists including Mark Dion, Jochen Lempert and Helen Mirra use the Hildesheim Museum's geological collection to employ scientific methodology for their own fictional documentations as amateur scientists.

Kontext Kunst

Author: Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum
ISBN: UCSD:31822018988451
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Art, European

Struggle for Life

Author: Sabine Adler
ISBN: STANFORD:36105132587804
Release Date: 2009-10
Genre: Science


Author: Boris Michailov
Publisher: Scalo Publishers
ISBN: UOM:39015047959401
Release Date: 2003
Genre: History

The creator of radical and poetic work, Boris Mikhailov focuses his camera on people's everyday life, capturing both the social and historical conditions in the Soviet Union and the changes that occurred after 1989, with the breakdown of order in the Ukraine. In the 1970s, Mikhailov started to photograph "life the way it is." He dealt with the "city without a main street," the anti-heroic, the incidental, the private sphere and leisure time in the Soviet Union. His book Case History, a heart-wrenching monument to the forgotten losers of system change, documented the plight of the homeless in the Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The critical aspects of his photographs, provocative performances and combinations of words and images make Mikhailov a conceptual documentary artist who creates moving images of the wounded human soul--simultaneously full of humor and seriousness. This book is dedicated to Mikhailov's entire oeuvre. Essays on individual works and periods run together with a flow of images to underline his different photographic techniques and to deepen our understanding of a rich work that intentionally seems unspectacular. Created in collaboration with Fotomuseum Winterthur.