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Robert Smithson Unearthed
Eugene Tsai
0231072597
Aug 1992
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Smithson, the earthworks artist who died when his plane crashed in 1973, is best known for his 1970 piece "Spiral Jetty," done in the Great Salt Lake. This volume, published in connection with a recent exhibition of his drawings at Columbia University, seeks to illuminate other aspects of Smithson's brief career, which have yet to be much seen or studied. An introductory essay by Tsai recaps the artist's development and relates his drawings to his more familiar three-dimensional work. A number of previously unpublished writings by Smithson, a lengthy interview with him, and reproductions of over 90 drawings and collages complete the volume. Recommended for research and specialized collections.- Kathryn W. Finkelstein, M.Ln., CincinnatiCopyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of...


Robert Smithson
Ann Morris Reynolds
0262182270
June 2003
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Basing her study of leading Sixties artist Robert Smithson (1938-73) on a collection of his personal papers and his library, which were donated in 1987 to the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art, Reynolds (art & art history, Univ. of Texas, Austin) focuses on the historical and ideological thinking of the 1960s and early 1970s in an effort to delineate Smithson's complexity, both artistically and philosophically. Smithson challenged the established art world's narrow vision and limited boundaries: for him, New Jersey became the prototype of "elsewhere," a place where he could create works for specific sites while engaging the outside, natural world in the creative process. Reynolds allows the reader to follow Smithson's process of creation through his own notebooks and sketches, his...


Robert Smithson
Ann Morris Reynolds
0262681552
Oct 2004
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Basing her study of leading Sixties artist Robert Smithson (1938-73) on a collection of his personal papers and his library, which were donated in 1987 to the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art, Reynolds (art & art history, Univ. of Texas, Austin) focuses on the historical and ideological thinking of the 1960s and early 1970s in an effort to delineate Smithson's complexity, both artistically and philosophically. Smithson challenged the established art world's narrow vision and limited boundaries: for him, New Jersey became the prototype of "elsewhere," a place where he could create works for specific sites while engaging the outside, natural world in the creative process. Reynolds allows the reader to follow Smithson's process of creation through his own notebooks and sketches, his...


Mirror-Travels
Jennifer L. Roberts
0300094973
May 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Robert Smithson (1938-1973), an artist of paramount importance in postwar America, created radical new perspectives for landscape architecture, photography, art criticism, and site-specific installation. His Spiral Jetty-a 1,500-foot-long coil of rock built in 1970 at the edge of the Great Salt Lake-is widely appreciated as one of the most significant art projects of the twentieth century. Less well known is the connection between the Jetty and the nearby Golden Spike National Historic Site, location of the completion of the first U.S. transcontinental railroad. The link between these two monuments is but one facet of an entire complex of historical reference and reflection that structures Smithson's work. Mirror-Travels encompasses the full span of Smithson's career, offering a close analysis of the artist's working...


Robert Smithson
Jack Flam
0520203852
Apr 1996
Paperback
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Book Review
Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty is the poster child for the antiformalist Earth Art movement of the 1960s and 1970s. A coil of earth, salt, and stone that Smithson built into Great Salt Lake, Utah, the piece is a tribute to the movement's scale and engineering as well as to its visionary union of art and nature. Smithson's questioning of the conventional attitudes of art and culture did not stop with the creation of objects and images; he was committed to exploring of attitudes and ideas as a critical component of his work. A revised and expanded version of The Writings of Robert Smithson, this book is a charged combination of articles and images in which the author demystifies the distinction between theory and practice.

Stuart Morgan, Art Journal
"[Smithson's] writings...


Earthwards
Gary Shapiro
0520212355
Nov 1997
Paperback
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From Library Journal
A work's difficulty may be physical or philosophical, geographical or generational, but achieving access must be worth the effort. Smithson's art, writing, and complex but important role in postmodern aesthetics and criticism seem to many to be purposely inaccessible. In this sympathetic, lucid interpretation, Shapiro makes the game of revelation well worth the candle. The transparency of language, the return to the groundwork beneath the false structure of contemporary art, the philosophical implications of environmental concerns and site-specific creations?all are explored with a view to marking the artist's place in the intellectual legacy of modern aesthetic discourse. Smithson's biography is still to be written, and his eventual place in art history is yet to be determined. Until then, this book is a splendid...


Robert Smithson
Robert Smithson
0520244087
Sept 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty is the poster child for the antiformalist Earth Art movement of the 1960s and 1970s. A coil of earth, salt, and stone that Smithson built into Great Salt Lake, Utah, the piece is a tribute to the movement's scale and engineering as well as to its visionary union of art and nature. Smithson's questioning of the conventional attitudes of art and culture did not stop with the creation of objects and images; he was committed to exploring of attitudes and ideas as a critical component of his work. A revised and expanded version of The Writings of Robert Smithson, this book is a charged combination of articles and images in which the author demystifies the distinction between theory and practice. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Stuart ...


Robert Smithson
Robert Smithson
0520244095
Sept 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty is the poster child for the antiformalist Earth Art movement of the 1960s and 1970s. A coil of earth, salt, and stone that Smithson built into Great Salt Lake, Utah, the piece is a tribute to the movement's scale and engineering as well as to its visionary union of art and nature. Smithson's questioning of the conventional attitudes of art and culture did not stop with the creation of objects and images; he was committed to exploring of attitudes and ideas as a critical component of his work. A revised and expanded version of The Writings of Robert Smithson, this book is a charged combination of articles and images in which the author demystifies the distinction between theory and practice. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Stuart ...


Robert Smithson
Lynne Cooke
0520245547
June 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Robert Smithson's monumental Spiral Jetty (1970) is a 1,500-foot-long coil of earth and basalt that extends into the water from the northern shore of Utah's Great Salt Lake. As if that massive construction were not enough, Smithson's project also includes a poemlike essay and an avant-garde short film. In other words, like many iconic works associated with the Minimalist art movement, its simplicity is deceptive; there's a lot of theory under all those rocks. Cooke and Kelly's beautiful and exhaustively compiled book does an admirable job of tackling Smithson's multifaceted undertaking from as many angles as possible, with essays ranging from video artist Diana Thater's illuminating notes on the film to contractor Bob Phillips's memories of the jetty's construction. However, proving the old adage that a picture...


Robert Smithson and the American Landscape
Ron Graziani
0521827558
Apr 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
This volume comprises a social history of Robert Smithson's earthworks and their critical reception. In his analysis of the artist's personal writings and art works, Ron Graziani demonstrates how the earthworks were part of an aesthetic and civic fault line that ruptured in the 1960s. Moreover, Graziani reveals how Smithson's earthworks formed part of the "new conservationism" in the late 1960s and how it gave material form to the contradictions of a sociological issue, inseparable from its economic legacy.

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