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Colin de Land collection

Creator:
De Land, Colin, 1955-2003  Search this
Names:
American Fine Arts, Co.  Search this
Armory Show (1913: New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Art Cologne  Search this
Art Forum Berlin  Search this
Biennale di Venezia  Search this
Documenta  Search this
International Art Fair  Search this
Balk, Dennis  Search this
Beckwith, Patterson  Search this
Davey, Moyra  Search this
Dion, Mark, 1961-  Search this
Fend, Peter  Search this
Fraser, Andrea  Search this
Greene, Carol  Search this
Heilmann, Mary, 1940-  Search this
Marks, Matthew  Search this
McDonald, Daniel  Search this
Morris, Paul  Search this
Pierson, Jack, 1960-  Search this
Wadlin, Craig  Search this
Waters, John, 1946-  Search this
Extent:
15.15 Linear feet
0.901 Gigabytes
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Gigabytes
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Motion pictures (visual works)
Video recordings
Date:
1968-2008, bulk 1980-2003
bulk 1980-2003
Summary:
The Colin de Land collection measures 15.15 linear feet and 0.901 GB and dates from 1968 to 2008, with the bulk of the collection dating from the early 1980s through 2003. The majority of the collection consists of photographic material, primarily snapshots, documenting daily life in and around de Land's gallery American Fine Arts, Co., as well as de Land's pesonal life and affairs. There are candid photographs of exhibition openings, day-to-day gallery operations, art fairs, vacations, social gatherings, and New York City street scenes. Also included are some personal objects belonging to de Land and his wife Pat Hearn, as well as two scrapbooks containing items once decorating the walls of de Land's office at American Fine Arts. The collection includes video recordings documenting trips to Cape Cod, Hearn's illness, and occasional art world events.
Scope and Contents:
The Colin de Land collection measures 15.15 linear feet and 0.901 GB and dates from 1968 to 2008, with the bulk of the collection dating from the early 1980s through 2003. The majority of the collection consists of photographic material, primarily snapshots, documenting daily life in and around de Land's gallery American Fine Arts, Co., as well as de Land's pesonal life and affairs. There are candid photographs of exhibition openings, day-to-day gallery operations, art fairs, vacations, social gatherings, and New York City street scenes. Also included are some personal objects belonging to de Land and his wife Pat Hearn, as well as two scrapbooks containing items once decorating the walls of de Land's office at American Fine Arts. The collection includes video recordings documenting trips to Cape Cod, Hearn's illness, and occasional art world events.

The bulk of the collection consists of snapshots, along with their negatives and the envelopes provided by commercial photographic printers. The envelopes are sometimes annotated. The photographs, not typically identified by photographer, were taken by de Land, Hearn, and gallery employees, artists, and visitors. Most of the snapshots provide a candid record of life within de Land's circle, and not formal documentation of gallery exhibitions.

The figures in this collection often occupied blurred boundaries between artist, gallery employee, critic, and friend. Many of the photographs include AFA staff, including Daniel McDonald, Patterson Beckwith, and Craig Wadlin. Also of note are photos showing AFA artists, including John Waters, Mark Dion, Andrea Fraser, Moyra Davey, Dennis Balk, Peter Fend, and Jack Pierson.

In addition to life within the gallery, de Land's cameras also documented a larger art world of the era, candidly showing openings at other galleries, art fairs such as Art Basel, Art Cologne, and the Berlin Artforum, as well as festivals including the Venice Biennale and Documenta, many of which included AFA artists. There is some documentation of the Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair and The Armory Show. The photographs frequently include de Land and Hearn's friends and fellow art dealers Paul Morris, Matthew Marks, and Carol Greene. Some images include artists that showed at Pat Hearn Art Gallery, such as Mary Heilmann. Collectors, celebrity visitors to the gallery, and critics also occasionally appear in the photographs. There is one 1968 photograph of de Land's mother and a small number of 1970s images of both de Land and Hearn.

In addition to the snapshots, there are a variety of other photographic formats, including digital, in the collection. The contents of the slides are of similar nature to the snapshots. The contact sheet binders offer some formal exhibition installation documentation, but are not exhaustive.

The collection also includes film and video footage. Thirty-five reels of Super-8 motion picture film primarily documents frequent vacations to Cape Cod, as well as the final stages of Hearn's illness and subsequent death. The 31 DV-mini cassettes include similar content, and some footage of opening receptions and other art world events.

Most of the official gallery records are missing, most likely lost in the frequent floods in the gallery basement. Two scrapbooks include material that was often photographed on the walls surrounding de Land's desk at AFA. Additional artifacts include one small painting by artist Charles Clough, inscribed to Hearn, a baseball hat frequently worn by de Land and appearing in many of the snapshots, and one page of an autographed calendar.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged in 4 series:

Series 1: Photographic Material, 1968-2003, bulk 1980-2003 (14 linear feet; Box 1-14, 0.901 GB; ER01)

Series 2: Scrapbooks, circa 1980s-2003 (0.2 linear feet; Box 19)

Series 3: Video and Film Recordings, circa 1980-2003 (1.1 linear feet; Box 15, 16, 18)

Series 4: Artifacts, 1988-2008 (0.3 linear feet; Box 14, 17, 19)
Biographical / Historical:
Colin de Land (1955-2003) was a gallery owner whose New York City spaces challenged traditional modes of exhibition and art dealing.

Raised in Union City, New Jersey, de Land came to the art world from an academic background, having studied philosophy and linguistics at New York University. In 1984, de Land opened Vox Populi, a largely unrenovated space in the East Village, at 511 East 6th Street. The gallery showed experimental work by emerging artists, including the enigmatic John Dogg, thought to be a collaboration between de Land and artist Richard Prince.

In 1986, De Land opened his longest standing gallery, American Fine Arts, Co. (AFA), in the same space previously occupied by Vox Populi. The gallery moved to SoHo in 1988, first to 40 Wooster Street then to 22 Wooster Street in 1993. During the late 1990s, as most SoHo galleries moved to Chelsea, AFA remained a mainstay of the downtown arts scene. De Land's wife, Pat Hearn, whom he married in 1999 after over a decade together, was also a well known art dealer. Her gallery, Pat Hearn Art Gallery, also moved from the East Village to SoHo, later becoming one of the first to set down roots in Chelsea.

Known for his eccentric fashion and unorthodox business style, de Land cultivated a culture of experimentation within the AFA community. He typically hired young art students or recent graduates, often nurturing their own artistic careers. Along with a group of Cooper Union graduates, many of whom worked at the gallery, he founded the artist collective Art Club 2000. De Land often showed artists working in hybrid media, for example film and photography or music and installation. He was especially interested in ecological and environmental art, as well as work that took as its subject exhibition practice and the act of creating art. He often staged large thematic group shows. Artists who showed at the gallery included Mark Dion, John Waters, Andrea Fraser, Moyra Davey, Dennis Balk, Peter Fend, Tom Burr, James Welling, Mariko Mori, Dan Graham, Jessica Stockholder, Alex Bag, Christian Philipp Muller, and Jack Pierson.

In 1994, de Land and Hearn, along with gallerists Matthew Marks and Paul Morris, established the Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair. Fashioned after the tradition of inexpensive hotel art fairs, four galleries were invited to exhibit artwork in rooms of the Gramercy Park Hotel, to be sold in a cash and carry model. The fair became an annual event, branching out to other cities, including Miami and Los Angeles, and growing significantly in size in New York. It later became known as The Armory Show.

De Land often carried a point-and-shoot camera and kept several on hand in the gallery. He documented opening receptions, art world social gatherings, concerts, and day-to-day happenings and invited visitors to the gallery and employees to do the same.

After Hearn's death from liver cancer in 2000, de Land became involved with Kembra Pfahler, the performance artist and leader of the rock band The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. De Land took over Hearn's Chelsea gallery, operating it as a second location of AFA. Following his own struggle with cancer, de Land passed away in 2003. AFA remained open, closing at the end of 2004 with a tribute group exhibition to de Land.
Related Materials:
The archival gallery records of Colin de Land's art gallery American Fine Arts, Co. as well as the gallery records of the Pat Hearn Gallery are available at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York. The gallery records there also include a fair amount of de Land's personal papers. Bard also acquired de Land's and Hearn's personal library.
Provenance:
The Colin de Land papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2008 by Dennis Balk, an artist represented by American Fine Arts, Co. and a close friend of de Land.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.

Researchers interested in accessing audiovisual recordings and born-digital records in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Motion pictures (visual works)
Video recordings
Citation:
Colin de Land papers, 1968-2008, bulk 1980-2003. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.delacoli
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Nature's nation : American art and environment / Karl Kusserow and Alan C. Braddock ; with contributions by Miranda Belarde-Lewis, Teddy Cruz, Rachael Z. DeLue, Mark Dion, Fonna Forman, Laura Turner Igoe, Robin Kelsey, Anne McClintock, Timothy Morton, Rob Nixon, Jeffrey Richmond-Moll, Kimia Shahi, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

Author:
Kusserow, Karl  Search this
Braddock, Alan C. 1961-  Search this
Contributor:
Belarde-Lewis, Miranda  Search this
Cruz, Teddy  Search this
DeLue, Rachael Ziady  Search this
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Forman, Fonna  Search this
Igoe, Laura Turner 1982-  Search this
Kelsey, Robin 1961-  Search this
McClintock, Anne 1954-  Search this
Morton, Timothy  Search this
Nixon, Rob 1954-  Search this
Richmond-Moll, Jeffrey (Academic)  Search this
Shahi, Kimia (Academic)  Search this
Smith, Jaune Quick-to-See 1940-  Search this
Host institution:
Princeton University Art Museum  Search this
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art  Search this
Peabody Essex Museum  Search this
Publisher:
Princeton University Art Museum  Search this
Physical description:
447 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
United States
Date:
2018
Topic:
Nature in art  Search this
Art, American  Search this
Art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1100879

Natural wonders : the sublime in contemporary art / Suzanne Ramjlak with Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman

Title:
Thirteen artists explore nature's limits
Contributor:
Ramljak, Suzanne  Search this
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Rockman, Alexis 1962-  Search this
Host institution:
Brandywine River Museum of Art  Search this
Physical description:
127 pages : color plates ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2018
21st century
Topic:
Sublime, The, in art  Search this
Arts, Modern  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1101410

Bureau of the centre for the study of surrealism and its legacy / Mark Dion

Author:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Dezeuze, Anna  Search this
Kelly, Julia 1970-  Search this
Lomas, David  Search this
Book Works (Organization)  Search this
Subject:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
AHRC Research Centre for Studies of Surrealism and its Legacies  Search this
Physical description:
128 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2018
Call number:
N6537.D54 A4 2018
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1096831

Retsono shel ḳadar = Potter's will / Ben Hagari

Title:
רצנון של קדר = Potter's will / בן הגרי ; טקסט, דורון רבינא
Ben Hagari
בן הגרי
Interviewee expression:
Hagari, Ben 1981-  Search this
Curator:
Danon-Sivan, Anat  Search this
Ankori, Gannit  Search this
Interviewer expression:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Publisher:
Rose Art Museum  Search this
Muzeʼon Tel Aviv le-omanut  Search this
Subject:
Hagari, Ben 1981-  Search this
Physical description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations (some folded) ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
Israel
Date:
2016
Topic:
Video art  Search this
Video installations (Art)  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
Call number:
N7279.H34 A4 2016
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1092826

Mark Dion : misadventures of a 21st-century naturalist / Ruth Erickson ; with contributions by Andrea Barrett [and thirteen others]

Title:
Misadventures of a 21st-century naturalist
Curator:
Erickson, Ruth  Search this
Contributor:
Barrett, Andrea  Search this
Editor:
Flint-Gohlke, Lucy  Search this
Artist:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Publisher:
Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Subject:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Physical description:
215 pages : color illustrations, portraits ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Photobooks
Place:
United States
Date:
2017
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Conceptual art  Search this
Nature (Aesthetics)  Search this
Art and natural history  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.D5855 E67 2017
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1090375

A field guide and handbook of thoughts, musings, observations, case studies, and histories (alternative, conventional & otherwise) on the elevated structure formerly and now known as the High Line of the Borough of Manhattan for flâneurs, cosmopolitans & bon vivants / featuring illuminating texts & images by Mark Dion, Jorge Colombo, Ethan Hauser, Kenneth Helphand, Bryan McGovern Wilson, Garret Miller, and Naomi Reis

Title:
Some thoughts, musings, and histories about the High Line of the Borough of Manhattan
High Line of the Borough of Manhattan : a field guide and handbook
Author:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Helphand, Kenneth I.  Search this
Book designer:
Colombo, Jorge  Search this
Editor:
Hauser, Ethan  Search this
Illustrator:
Wilson, Bryan McGovern  Search this
Cartographer expression:
Reis, Naomi  Search this
Physical description:
48 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 18 cm
Type:
Specimens
Guidebooks
History
Artists' books
Place:
New York (State)
New York
High Line (New York, N.Y. : Park)
High Line (New York, N.Y. : Viaduct)
Date:
2017
Topic:
Railroads, Elevated  Search this
Artists' books  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1080166

Cabinet of curiosities : Mark Dion and the university as installation / Colleen J. Sheehy, editor

Author:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Sheehy, Colleen J (Colleen Josephine) 1953-  Search this
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
University of Minnesota  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 107 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Minnesota
Minneapolis
Date:
2006
C2006
Topic:
Cabinets of curiosities  Search this
Site-specific installations (Art)  Search this
Museum techniques  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_835684

Concrete jungle / edited by Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman

Author:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Rockman, Alexis 1962-  Search this
Physical description:
219 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1996
C1996
Topic:
Environmentalism  Search this
Environmental degradation  Search this
Ecology  Search this
Nature--Effect of human beings on  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_897630

Mark Dion : drawings, journals, photographs, souvenirs, and trophies, 1990-2003 / edited by Richard Klein ; interview with the artist by Bree Edwards

Title:
Drawings, journals, photographs, souvenirs, and trophies, 1990-2003
Author:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Klein, Richard 1955-  Search this
Edwards, Bree  Search this
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (Ridgefield, Conn.)  Search this
Subject:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Physical description:
64 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
C2003
Call number:
N6537.D54 A4 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_704361

RN : the past, present and future of the nurses' uniform / Mark Dion and J. Morgan Puett in collaboration with the Fabric Workshop and Museum

Title:
Past, present and future of the nurses' uniform
Author:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Puett, J. Morgan  Search this
Oatman, Michael  Search this
Houweling, Lynn  Search this
Kerr, Iain  Search this
Fabric Workshop and Museum  Search this
University of Pennsylvania Center for the Study of the History of Nursing  Search this
Subject:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Puett, J. Morgan  Search this
Physical description:
72 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
C2003
Topic:
Nurses--Uniforms--History  Search this
Nurses--Uniforms  Search this
Nurses--Uniforms--Design  Search this
Call number:
N6537.D54 A4 2003a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_741096

Mark Dion : the great Munich bug hunt

Title:
Great Munich bug hunt
Wunderkammer
Author:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
K-raum Daxer (Organization)  Search this
Subject:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Downtown writers
Date:
1993
[1993]
Call number:
N6537.D54 A4 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_786175

Mark Dion : encyclomania / editors: Andreas Baur and Stephan Berg

Author:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Baur, Andreas  Search this
Berg, Stephan  Search this
Subject:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Physical description:
124 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
Topic:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Nature (Aesthetics)  Search this
Call number:
N6537.D54 A4 2003b
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_797842

Ecologies : Mark Dion, Peter Fend, Dan Peterman

Author:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Fend, Peter  Search this
Peterman, Dan 1960-  Search this
David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Fend, Peter  Search this
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Peterman, Dan 1960-  Search this
Physical description:
144 p. : ill. 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2001
Topic:
Installations (Art)  Search this
Human ecology in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_798824

Mark Dion : archaeology / [edited by Alex Coles and Mark Dion]

Title:
Archaeology
Author:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Coles, Alex  Search this
Subject:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Physical description:
[109] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1999
Topic:
Nature (Aesthetics)  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_621243

Mark Dion : where the land meets the sea / curated by Arnold J. Kemp ; in conjunction with Yerba Buena's Ecotopias festival

Title:
Where the land meets the sea
Author:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Kemp, Arnold J  Search this
Boal, Iain A  Search this
Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens  Search this
Subject:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Physical description:
17 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
C1998
Call number:
N6537.D54 A4 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_634438

Simply made in America : [exhibition] Mark Dion ... [et al.] 1993, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati / curated by Barry A. Rosenberg

Author:
Rosenberg, Barry A  Search this
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art (Ridgefield, Conn.)  Search this
Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati, Ohio)  Search this
Subject:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Physical description:
95 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 20 x 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1993
C1993
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6512 .S515 1993
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_639443

True stories : Mark Dion, Renée Green, Larry Johnson, Karen Kilimnik, Raymond Pettibon, Jack Pierson, Jim Shaw

Author:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Green, Renée  Search this
Johnson, Larry 1959-  Search this
Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, England)  Search this
Physical description:
I v. (unpaged) : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1992
20th century
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Call number:
N6494.N3 T78 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_640254

Natural history and other fictions : an exhibition by Mark Dion

Author:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Ikon Gallery  Search this
Kunstverein in Hamburg  Search this
Appel (Foundation : Amsterdam, Netherlands)  Search this
Subject:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Physical description:
80 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1997
Topic:
Nature (Aesthetics)  Search this
Installations (Art)  Search this
Call number:
N6537.D54 A4 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_657132

Mark Dion : New England digs

Title:
New England digs
Author:
Dion, Mark 1961-  Search this
Fuller Museum of Art  Search this
David Winton Bell Gallery (Brown University)  Search this
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth  Search this
Subject:
Dion, Mark 1961- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
48 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New England
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
Antiquities  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
N6537.D54 A4 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_670605

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