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Museum as Hub? Creating a Living Archive

LOS ANGELES — Archival work as an art form? Visit any prolific artist’s studio and you’ll see the intense need for archiving their work for a future age. This is particularly true, I think, for artists practicing outside the world’s major art centers, where extensive media and established institutions help create an informal archive, if simply through press coverage, writings, and photos.

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The Power of the Archive

Once acquainted with the work of the conceptualist, Dylan Stone, one becomes drawn into the world of his art-making. In different projects, he has revisited some of the same interests, including the cataloging and documentation of books, urban architecture, and streets. His work often considers the past, including his own biographical events as well as the happenings of more distant centuries. He seems equally interested in methods of taxonomy as in the libraries and museums that make that process their business.