Natural Wonders Written by Suzanne Ramljak, Contribution by Mark Dion, Alexis Rockman and Brandywine River Museum of Art
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Natural Wonders: The Sublime in Contemporary Art

Written by Suzanne Ramljak, Contribution by Mark Dion, Alexis Rockman and Brandywine River Museum of Art

  • June 19, 2018
  • Hardcover
  • Art - History - Contemporary (1945-)
  • Rizzoli Electa
  • 9 x 9
  • $40.00
  • $55.00
  • 978-0-8478-6314-3

About This Book

Natural Wonders spotlights works by Maya Lin, Roxy Paine, Diana Thater, Dustin Yellin, and others, that probe the porous border between the natural and artificial realms--between the wild and cultivated. This timely and relevant exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, PA, highlights nature's splendor while at the same time hinting at its more disquieting aspects. Through an engaging mix of installations, video, dioramas, photography, and sculpture, the works create an experience of the neo-sublime, mixing the beautiful and the unsettling to produce awe in the beholder. Ultimately this assemblage encourages us to be more attentive to our natural surroundings, in both their benign and baneful aspects.

Accompanying an exhibition of the same name, Natural Wonders showcases the work of thirteen celebrated American artists who offer multimedia representations of the natural world and the impact of human intervention. These artists traverse the territory of the sublime as reflected in traditions of landscape painting and reveal fresh and evolving guises of sublimity for the 21st century.

About the Author

Suzanne Ramljak, a writer, art historian, and curator, is editor of Metalsmith magazine and curator of exhibitions at the American Federation of Arts. She was formerly editor of Sculpture and of Glass Quarterly magazines. Ramljak is the author of Crafting a Legacy: Contemporary American Crafts in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Elie Nadelman: Classical Folk, and has contributed to numerous other publications, including One of a Kind: American Art Jewelry Today. She has lectured widely on contemporary art and served as guest curator for several exhibitions, among them Different Tempers: Jewelry and Blacksmithing; Body Language: Contemporary Art Jewelry; and Protective Ornament: Contemporary Amulets to Armor.

Mark Dion (b. 1961) is an American conceptual artist, best known for his use of scientific presentations in his installations.

Alexis Rockman (b. 1962) is an American contemporary artist known for his paintings that provide rich depictions of future landscapes as they might exist with impacts of climate change and evolution influenced by genetic engineering.

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