Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing

From the publisher:

‘Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing’ draws on the work of the eclectic, quarterly magazine Cabinet to explore the notion of intellectual and creative curiosity across periods, genres and fields. Compiled in association with academic, editor and author Brian Dillon, this richly illustrated book explores objects, artworks and narratives drawn from a wide variety of disciplines – scientific, occult, anthropological, aesthetic, technological and sexual – taking as its guide a sensibility that developed in Europe in the early-Modern period and tracing it at work in disparate historical contexts. With an emphasis on contemporary art’s return to cross-disciplinary, intellectual and aesthetic freedom, ‘Curiosity’ comprises works ranging from the films of Tacita Dean to the photographic investigations of Gerard Byrne, and Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, alongside historical ‘curiosities’, including drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and office equipment from the secret heart of the Cold War. Includes essays by Marina Warner and Brian Dillon, extensive commentary on individual works and an eclectic anthology of writings on ‘curiosity’. Artists include Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Agency, Anna Atkins, Aura Satz, Aurelien Froment, Charles Le Brun, Corinne May Botz, Gerard Byrne, Gunda Forster, J.M.W. Turner, Jeremy Millar, Katie Paterson, Laurent Grasso, Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka, Matt Mullican, Nicolaes Maes, Nina Katchadourian, Pablo Bronstein, Philip Henry Gosse, Richard Wentworth, Robert Hooke, Roger Caillois, Tacita Dean, Thomas Grunfeld, Toril Johannessen.