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Smithson, Robert

Works: 466 works in 898 publications in 11 languages and 15,047 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Exhibition catalogs  Art  Archives  Documentary films  Pictorial works  Nonfiction films  Experimental films  Short films  History 
Roles: Author, Illustrator, Narrator, fmp, Artist, Honoree, Other, Contributor, Author of introduction, Restager , Interviewee, Creator, Director
Classifications: N6537.S6184, 700
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Robert Smithson : learning from New Jersey and elsewhere by Ann Morris Reynolds( )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 1,783 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."--Jacket
Robert Smithson unearthed : drawings, collages, writings by Eugenie Tsai( Book )

10 editions published in 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Smithson : photo works by Robert A Sobieszek( Book )

13 editions published in 1993 in English and German and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"There have been other exhibitions of his works, but Robert Smithson: Photo Works is the first to examine his use of the camera and to present the way he saw the unique landscapes in which he traveled and located his art. As demonstrated by curator of photography Robert A. Sobieszek, the photographic image was central to Smithson's art, whether in collages, montages, sequences, films, or alone. Smithson's final projects attempted a collaboration art and industry. He believed artists could assist in reclaiming such devastated areas as open-face strip mines. Our expanding presence in and impact upon the land may have become so pervasive that the boundaries between nature and culture have been all but obliterated. Now two decades after his death, Robert Smithson's lessons are all the more vital and significant."-from preface
Mirror-travels : Robert Smithson and history by Jennifer L Roberts( Book )

7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 469 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."--Jacket
Troublemakers by James Crump( Visual )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a group of renegade artists sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture in the late 1960s and early 1970s, land art was born through their monumental earthworks in the desolate desert landscape of the American southwest
Spiral jetty by Robert Smithson( Visual )

28 editions published between 1970 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 149 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
Flyktpunkter by Roland Topor( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in Swedish and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Smithson in Texas by Robert Smithson( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bernd & Hilla Becher, Robert Smithson : field trips : Museu Serralves, Museu de Arte Contemporanea by Bernd Becher( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Daniel Buren, Jan Dibbets, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Sol Lewitt, Richard Long, N.E. Thing Co. Ltd., Robert Smithson, Lawrence Weiner by Seth Siegelaub( Book )

4 editions published in 1969 in English and Undetermined and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Smithson, the collected writings by Robert Smithson( Book )

16 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the 1979 publication of The Writings of Robert Smithson, Robert Smithson's significance as a spokesman for a generation of artists has been widely acknowledged and the importance of his thinking to contemporary artists and art critics continues to grow. In addition to a new introduction by Jack Flam, The Collected Writings includes previously unpublished essays by Smithson and gathers hard-to-find articles, interviews, and photographs. Together these provide a full picture of his wide-ranging views on art and culture
Robert Smithson : die Erfindung der Landschaft = Robert Smithson : the invention of landscape : Broken Circle, Spiral Hill & film by Robert Smithson( Book )

10 editions published in 2012 in German and English and held by 59 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."
Cable factory 20 by Lytle Shaw( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Smithson by Robert Smithson( Book )

14 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La obra que acompaña a la primera exposición retrospectiva americana del artista, explora la transición desde los primeros trabajos sobre temas religiosos y de ciencia ficción, a través de esculturas Minimal, a sus creaciones más conocidas de land art como el Spiral Jetty. El libro incluye también una relación de los fondos de la biblioteca privada de Smithson
Grenzen der Kunst : Allan Kaprow und das Happening ; Robert Smithson und die Land Art by Philip Ursprung( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in German and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Smithson : gesammelte Schriften ; [anlässlich der Ausstellung "Robert Smithson: Filme, Texte, Zeichnungen", Kunsthalle Wien, 23. November 2000-25. Februar 2001] by Robert Smithson( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in German and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Smithson : Spiral jetty : true fictions, false realities by Robert Smithson( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thirty years after his untimely death, Robert Smithson (1938-1973) remains one of the most influential artists of his generation. His complex ideas took root in many forms, including drawings, projects, proposals, sculpture, earthworks, films, and critical writings. Although made in a brief span from the mid-sixties to the early seventies, Smithson's provocative works redefined the language of sculpture. Several months after being included in the seminal exhibition "Primary Structures" at New York's Jewish Museum in 1966, he had his first significant solo exhibition at Dwan Gallery, where he would later curate the exhibition "Earthworks" (1968). His iconic earthwork Spiral Jetty was built at Rozel Point, in the Great Salt Lake in April 1970. Constituted of black basalt rocks and earth, Spiral Jetty forms a coil fifteen-hundred-feet long and fifteen-feet wide, that stretches out counter-clockwise into the lake's viscous red water. Smithson's film Spiral Jetty was completed later that year, and the third component in this ensemble, an essay also titled "The Spiral Jetty" was published in 1972. In 1999, the Estate of Robert Smithson donated the sculpture to Dia Art Foundation, New York."--Jacket
Field trips by Bernd Becher( Book )

13 editions published in 2002 in 4 languages and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Smithson, art in continual movement : a contemporary reading by Robert Smithson( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 31 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)
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Robert Smithson unearthed : drawings, collages, writings
Robert Smithson unearthed : drawings, collages, writingsMirror-travels : Robert Smithson and historyBernd & Hilla Becher, Robert Smithson : field trips : Museu Serralves, Museu de Arte ContemporaneaRobert Smithson, the collected writingsCable factory 20Robert SmithsonRobert Smithson : Spiral jetty : true fictions, false realitiesField trips
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Robert Smithson

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Smithson, Bob 1938-1973

Smithson, Robert 1938-1973

Smithson, Robert I.

Smitsons, Roberts 1938-1973

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