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Natural Wonders
The Sublime in Contemporary Art: Thirteen Artists Explore Nature's Limits
By (author): Suzanne Ramljak Contributions by: Mark Dion Contributions by: Alexis Rockman Contributions by: Brandywine River Museum of Art
9780847863143 Hardcover English General Trade ART / History / Contemporary Jun 12, 2018
$55.00 CAD
Active 9.5 x 9.25 x 0.87 in 128 pages 80 COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS Rizzoli Rizzoli Electa
Artists such as Maya Lin, Roxy Paine, and Dustin Yellin show the impact of human interventionon our ecosystem through a mix of installations, video, photography, and sculpture.

Natural Wonders spotlights the works of thirteen artists who work in various media to depict themes of nature—both its beauty and its more disquieting aspects—from painting and sculpture to 3-D landscapes and botanical replications to dioramas and lenticular prints. The range of works encourages us to be more attentive to our natural surroundings and address timely issues such as habitat loss, environmental toxins, bioengineering, and increasing alienation from nature. Ramljak’s essay provides a broad cultural and historical context for the contemporary artworks, complemented by artist statements and an interview between environmentally minded artists Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman.

Mix of both well-known and newer artists: The exhibition and catalogue provide an opportunity for such well-known living artists as Dustin Yellin, Maya Lin, and Roxy Paine to be seen and discussed in the context of ecologically minded art.

Current topic: With the terms “global warming” and “climate change” becoming more urgent, the interest in environmentalism and conservation is growing. These artists bring a fresh look and awareness at the effects of the human impact on the natural world.

Well-regarded museum: Brandywine River Museum of Art, on the banks of the Brandywine River in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, is well known for its extensive holdings of work by Andrew Wyeth and other artists of the Wyeth clan, located amid the museum’s 200-acre surroundings.

Site-specific art: A site-specific commission by Kathleen Vance is part of the exhibit, whose installation in the atrium of the Brandywine—the Museum’s first—offers an extension of themes explored within the exhibition. Vance will create a 25-foot-long recreation of the Brandywine River—replete with flowing water—in the atrium, translating with uncanny accuracy the topography of the actual river visible through its floor to ceiling windows.

Suzanne Ramljak, a writer, curator, and art historian, currently serves as a curator at the American Federation of Arts. She was formerly editor of Sculpture and Metalsmith magazines. Mark Dion is a contemporary visual artist who produces work on the topic of theculture of nature. Alexis Rockman is an artist whose works depict future ecosystems impacted by climate change and genetically modified organisms.

Author Residence: NYC

Publicity: We will reach a wide audience through diverse magazines including the Atlantic Monthly, Vanity Fair, W, Elle, Vogue, Book Forum

We’ll see reviews in art magazines like Artforum, Art in America, Art News, Smithsonian, Print, iD, Whitewall, etc.

General interest magazines like Vice, Juxtapoz, Bullett, Paper, Nylon, Wax Poetics, Complex, YRB, The Last Magazine, Vibe, Inked, Clear, Flaunt, The Fader, SOMA, Bust, Tokion, etc.

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