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Smithson, Robert

Works: 372 works in 610 publications in 6 languages and 12,056 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Exhibition catalogs  Archives  Pictorial works  History  Interviews 
Roles: Illustrator, Director, Artist, Honoree, Contributor, Author of introduction, Other, Creator, Interviewee
Classifications: N6537.S6184, 700
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Robert Smithson learning from New Jersey and elsewhere by Ann Morris Reynolds ( )
9 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 1,380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Robert Smithson (1938-1973) produced his best-known work during the 1960s and early 1970s, a period in which the boundaries of the art world and the objectives of art-making were questioned perhaps more consistently and thoroughly than any time before or since. In Robert Smithson: Learning from New Jersey and Elsewhere, Ann Reynolds elucidates the complexity of Smithson's work and thought by placing them in their historical context, a context greatly enhanced by the vast archival materials that Smithson's widow, Nancy Holt, donated to the Archives of American Art in 1987. The archive provides Reynolds with the remnants of Smithson's working life - magazines, postcards from other artists, notebooks, and perhaps most important, his library - from which she reconstructs the physical and conceptual world that Smithson inhabited. Reynolds explores the relation of Smithson's art-making, thinking about art-making, writing, and interaction with other artists to the articulated ideology and discreet assumptions that determined the parameters of artistic practice of the time."--BOOK JACKET
The writings of Robert Smithson : essays with illustrations by Robert Smithson ( Book )
5 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Robert Smithson, the collected writings by Robert Smithson ( Book )
10 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Robert Smithson unearthed : drawings, collages, writings by Eugenie Tsai ( Book )
6 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Robert Smithson : photo works by Robert A Sobieszek ( Book )
6 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mirror-travels : Robert Smithson and history by Jennifer L Roberts ( Book )
6 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"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 fact that the Jetty lies just a few miles from the Golden Spike National Historic Site, location of the completion of the first U.S. transcontinental railroad almost exactly a century earlier. The connection between the Spiral Jetty and the Golden Spike is but one facet of an entire complex of historical reference and reflection that structures Smithson's work." "Mirror-Travels presents the first thorough investigation of Smithson's encounter with this and other histories as it focuses on the artist's idea of history itself. Spanning Smithson's career, from his little-known early religious paintings to his canonical earthworks of the 1970s, the book argues that Smithson's experiments with memory and temporality, along with his concern with what he called "continuance" - a form of historical connection to the past - cannot be properly understood without attending closely to the specific histories of the sites he engaged. Offering a critical analysis of Smithson's view of time, it provides comprehensive case studies of three of his most influential projects: "The Monuments of Passaic," a sardonic tour of a decaying New Jersey city conducted in the wake of the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act; "Incidents of Mirror-Travel in the Yucatan," a textual-sculptural-photographic travelogue that coincided with a series of revolutionary discoveries about Maya history; and the Spiral Jetty."--BOOK JACKET
Spiral jetty by Robert Smithson ( Visual )
24 editions published between 1970 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1970 Robert Smithson documented the construction of the largest and probably most famous of his earthworks sculpture, Spiral jetty, on the Great Salt Lake, Utah. He tells something of the meaning the work has for him and shows the finished version from several perspectives. The film was shot by Smithson and his wife Nancy Holt, and funded by Virgina Dawn and Douglas Christmas, and is considered to be an ancillary artwork
Bernd & Hilla Becher, Robert Smithson : field trips : Museu Serralves, Museu de Arte Contemporanea by Bernd Becher ( Book )
7 editions published in 2002 in English and Italian and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Cable factory 20 by Lytle Shaw ( Book )
3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Shaw's Cable Factory 20, Robert Smithson's description of the landscape surrounding his Spiral Jetty in Utah's Great Salt Lake guides 20 site-specific poems. In the spirit of Smithson's site/non-site dynamic, which proposes a continuous circuit between objects selected for framing as art and the contexts out of which they have been pulled, Shaw uses the San Francisco Bay Area as his laboratory, exploring the extent to which a poetics of place, a linguistic site-specificity, is possible in the social/architectural landscape of turn of the century America. --Atelos
Robert Smithson, a retrospective view by Robert Carleton Hobbs ( Book )
12 editions published between 1980 and 1983 in 3 languages and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Grenzen der Kunst : Allan Kaprow und das Happening ; Robert Smithson und die Land Art by Philip Ursprung ( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in German and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Robert Smithson : die Erfindung der Landschaft = Robert Smithson : the invention of landscape : Broken Circle, Spiral Hill & film by Robert Smithson ( Book )
3 editions published in 2012 in German and English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Broken Circle/Spiral Hill (in Emmen, Netherlands) is the only earthwork produced by Smithson still in existence outside the United States. As an integral part of these works, Smithson made films that reveal the spatial and environmental context of the work. Aerial shots in a symmetrical pattern were combined with close-ups, documentary footage of the construction of the work and views of the surrounding landscape. In this way, visitors to galleries and museums were introduced to the earthworks produced by Smithson in barely accessible, remote locations. As a result of a tragic aircraft accident during a reconnaissance flight in 1973, Smithson's life and work came to a premature end. Smithson was never able to finish the film about Broken Circle/Spiral Hill. Forty years later, a video incorporating the original film footage is now to be completed on behalf of the Land Art Contemporary program in a collaboration between artist Nancy Holt and curator Theo Tegelaers of SKOR Foundation for Art and Public Domain. Holt currently works with a Dutch team in editing the video Breaking Ground: Broken Circle/Spiral Hill, including the original film footage she shot in 1971, and video recently shot recently in Emmen by a Dutch crew
144 blocks & stones : [exhibition] Portland, Ore., Portland Center for the Visual Arts, February 11-March 11, 1973 by Carl Andre ( Book )
2 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Zwischen Kino, Landschaft und Museum : Erfahrung und Fiktion im Werk von Robert Smithson (1938-1973) by Eva Schmidt ( Book )
2 editions published in 1995 in German and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Robert Smithson, art in continual movement : a contemporary reading by Robert Smithson ( Book )
4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Documentatie in woord en beeld over het kunstwerk Broken Circle/Spiral Hill (1971) van de Amerikaanse kunstenaar Robert Smithson (1938-1973)
Robert Smithson Tony Tasset site nonsite by Ill.) Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago ( Book )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Robert Smithson : retrospective by Robert Smithson ( Book )
4 editions published between 1980 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Robert I. Smithson
Robert Smithson
Smithson, Bob, 1938-1973
Smithson, Robert, 1938-1973
Smithson, Robert I.
Smitsons, Roberts, 1938-1973
English (164)
German (14)
French (5)
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Spanish (2)
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