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Alexis RockmanA Fable for Tomorrow

Published by GILES in association with Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

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Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 176 pages, 292 x 241 mm (9½ x 11½ in.), portrait

Illustrations — 120 colour

Format — Hardback

ISBN — 978-1-904832-86-7

Press Release — First major survey of a modern visionary artist

News  —  Alexis Rockman is Editor’s Pick

            —  Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow one of the...

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Alexis Rockman is the visual inspiration behind the hit movie Life of Pi read more "filled with thought-provoking, unforgettable images." Natural History Magazine "exceedingly enjoyable reading for modern and contemporary art enthusiasts as well as individuals interested in the natural sciences." Stan Parchin, Art Museum Journal "If you are interested in art as well as environmental science, this book is for you" Glenn Suter, IEAM Journal "Able to lament the tragedy of nature's disruption and glory in the vitality of its survivors, Alexis Rockman is the perfect artist for the anthropocene." Brandon Keim, wired.com

About the Book

Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow features 47 artworks from private and public collections that trace the artist's career from Pond’s Edge (1986) to The Reef (2009). Inspired by 19th-century landscape painting, science fiction film, and firsthand field study, Rockman’s paintings proffer a vision of the natural world that is equal parts fantasy and empirical fact. This new volume highlights the artist’s unique synthesis of art and science, along with his meticulous attention to detail and striking use of colour. Rockman’s three monumental paintings—Evolution, Manifest Destiny, and South—exemplify the boundless imagination and extraordinary skill that go into every painting. The compelling mix of intensely coloured realism, scientific detail, and environmental concerns results in a stunning body of work that is a reflection of our times and a portent of events to come. Author Joanna Marsh examines the evolution of Rockman’s career over three decades, convincingly linking his artistic development to the history of America’s environmental movement. Rockman’s ability to blur the boundary between fact and fiction appeals to both scientists and art critics. In two further essays art historian Kevin Avery considers the 19th-century-painting references in Rockman’s work, and Thomas Lovejoy offers the perspective of an expert on biodiversity and climate change. Accompanied the exhibition Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., November 19, 2010 – May 8, 2011, travelling to the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, September 24, 2011 - January 1, 2012.

About the Author(s)

Joanna Marsh is The James Dicke Curator of Contemporary Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. Kevin J. Avery is a senior research scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Thomas Lovejoy is a leading biologist and Biodiversity Chair at The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment, Washington, D.C.