Drawing Biennial 2017

Exhibition & online fundraising auction of over 200 unique works on paper

Exhibition: 2 March – 26 April · Auction: 12 April 10am – 26 April 9pm


Mark Dion

Shark Barr

Top Pick

Frances Morris, Director, Tate Modern


by David Bickle, Director of Design at the V&A and Drawing Room Advisory Board member

Year 2017
Medium Colour pencil on paper
Dimensions 21 x 29.7 cm
Bidding Open Wed 12 April, 2017 at 10:00am
Bidding Ended Tue 26 March, 2019 at 9:30pm

Mark Dion:

Mark Dion (b. 1961, New Bedford, Massachusetts) lives in New York with his wife and frequent collaborator Dana Sherwood. He studied at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, Connecticut (1981-82), where he was awarded a BFA (1986) and an honorary doctorate (2002). Dion attended the School of Visual Arts in New York (1983-84) and completed the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program (1984-85). He is an Honorary Fellow of Falmouth University (2014) and has an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (Ph.D.) from The Wagner Free Institute of Science, Philadelphia (2015). He has received numerous awards including the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001); The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2007); and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Lucida Art Award (2008). For over two decades Dion has worked in the public realm in a wide range of scales, from architecture projects to print interventions in newspapers. Some of his most recent large-scale public projects include David Fairchild’s Laboratory, a permanent installation commissioned for The Kampong, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Miami (2016); Den, a permanent installation commissioned for the Norway National Tourist Route (2012); and Neukom Vivarium, a permanent outdoor installation and learning lab for the Olympic Sculpture Park commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum (2006). Dion has also produced large-scale permanent commissions for Documenta 13, Kassel (2012); and the Montevideo Biennale, Uruguay (2012). He is co-director of Mildred’s Lane, an innovative visual art education and residency program in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania. Major exhibitions include The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2017); Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris (2016); Natural History Museum, London (2007); Miami Art Museum, Miami (2006); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2004); Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield (2003); and Tate Gallery, London (1999). His work is held in public and private collections including Centre George Pompidou, Paris; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts; The New York Public Library, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Tate, London.