Mark Dion “Herbarium” Suite on View at the Norton Museum of Art

"Now WHAT" at the Norton Museum of Art
An exhibition opening today at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, FL. entitled “Now WHAT” includes a brand new Mark Dion suite produced here at Graphicstudio.

Norton Museum of Art curators Cheryl Brutvan and Charlie Stainback, have chosen this piece as an example of some of the “most engaging work being made today.” Here’s a little more about the exhibition which is on display from December 15th through March 13th, 2011 – via the website:

“(Now WHAT) is a snapshot of this moment in contemporary artistic practice without the pretext of a biennial survey. Instead this exhibition will showcase some of the most engaging work being made today and provoke discussions about the art of our time and expanding the Norton Museum’s collection. Now WHAT? will inaugurate the contemporary galleries and adjacent photography galleries of the Norton Museum, recently designated by Norton Director and CEO, Hope Alswang.”

Mark Dion's Herbarium at Graphicstudio
Mark Dion's Herbarium (produced at USF Graphicstudio)

Hand painted acrylic wash, spitbite aquatint, à la poupée photogravure, with hand applied letterpress labels and stamps
7 images in bleach stained folio
16 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches
Edition: 20

Dion’s Herbarium is a set of seven (7) photogravure prints inspired by the work of Henry Perrine (1797-1840), a pioneer in subtropical botany. Perrine was among the first American naturalists to note the vast agricultural potential in Florida. However, his work was cut short as he met his untimely death at the hands of Seminoles Indians who murdered him and then burned down his research facility. In the fire, many of his invaluable marine algae specimens were lost. Mark Dion’s Herbarium suite includes representations of the few remaining specimens salvaged from Perrine’s herbarium.

More on the “Now WHAT” exhibition at the Norton Museum of Art
More on the Herbarium Suite here.

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