• Mark Dion

    American Fine Arts / Aldrich Museum

    Mark Dion, like Broodthaers or Beuys, is an artist with an idiosyncratic formal lexicon. But instead of mussels or felt, Dion’s materials are taxidermied members of the “R-select species,” varieties of trees living and dead, and the systems and accoutrements of natural science.

    Two shows running concurrently, at American Fine Arts in New York and at the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, offered in-depth looks at Dion’s work from the mid-’80s to the present. At the gallery, the collaborative aspect of Dion’s work was stressed, while the show at the Aldrich was a retrospective. Both

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