"The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion" by Mark Dion

The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion Mark Dion, Margaret C. Adler

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
28 Jan 2020
ISBN:
9780300246193
Imprint:
Other Distribution
Dimensions:
168 pages: 279 x 235mm
Illustrations:
175 color illus.
Sales territories:
World

Renowned artist Mark Dion (b. 1961) has a deep passion for history and the natural world. His installations mine the materials of the past to level an institutional critique in the present. Evoking the grand expeditionary journals of the 19th century, this singular volume records Dion’s latest work, produced through his crisscrossing of Texas and exploration of the Lone Star State. Dion retraces the travels of four artists and naturalists—John James Audubon, Sarah Ann Lillie Hardinge, Frederick Law Olmsted, and Charles Wright—who journeyed to the region over a century ago. Dion’s travel companions include preservationists, ranchers, botanists, a poet, a tarot card reader, and fellow artists who offer accompanying texts, while lavish illustrations feature the objects Dion made or collected during his travels alongside historical artworks and botanical specimens. The result is a stunning document of the American West, past and present.

Mark Dion is an artist based in New York City. Margaret C. Adler is curator at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas.

Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth
(February 8–May 17, 2020)