Robert Smithson Essays

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 In addition to a new introduction by Jack Flam, The Collected Writings includes previously unpublished essays by Smithson and gathers hard-to-find articles, interviews, and photographs.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 (1938-1973), one of the most important artists of his generation, produced sculpture, earthworks, drawings, and paintings in addition to the writings collected here. Jack Flam is Distinguished Professor of Art History at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His Matisse on Art: Revised Edition (1995) is also available from California.

“Featuring more than 150 works including paintings, works on paper, essays, photographs, objects and films . . .”—Jennifer Goodell CAA Reviews

"An argument could be made that Robert Smithson is at least as important as a thinker and critic as he is as an artist, and in the art history of the Seventies, his words are certain to be returned to and returned to. He is one of those figures whose thought at once defines and transcends his own time."—Arthur C. Danto, author of Playing with the Edge: The Photographic Achievement of Robert Mapplethorpe

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SELECTED WRITINGS BY ROBERT SMITHSON

The Eliminator, 1964
A Short Description of Two Mirrored Crystal Structures, 1965
Entropy And The New Monuments, 1966
The Crystal Land, Harper's Bazaar, May 1966
Language to be Looked at and/or Things to be Read, Press Release for
Language show at the Virginia Dwan Gallery, New York, (1967)
Some Void Thoughts On Museums, Arts Magazine, February 1967
Minus Twelve, Minimal Art, edited by Gregory Battcock, 1968
A Provisional Theory of Non-Sites, 1968
Cultural Confinement, Artforum, 1972



Essays and interviews can be found in the book:
Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings, edited by Jack Flam, Published
by University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, California;

University of California Press,Ltd., London, England, 1996



SELECTED INTERVIEWS WITH ROBERT SMITHSON

Fragments of a Conversation, edited by William C.Lipke. February 1969
Interview With Robert Smithson For The Archives of
American Art/ Smithsonian Institute, conducted by Paul Cummings, July 14 and 19, 1972
Entropy Made Visible, interview with Alison Sky On Site # 4, (1973)



Essays and interviews can be found in the book:
Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings, edited by Jack Flam, Published
by University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, California;

University of California Press,Ltd., London, England, 1996




SELECTED ARTICLES/REVIEWS/ESSAYS ABOUT ROBERT SMITHSON

Robert Smithson's Drawings, by Carter Ratcliff, 1962, © 2000, Art on Paper
Yucatan is Elsewhere, On Robert Smithson's Hotel Palenque
(First printed in Parkett 43, 1995, page. 133)
Partially Buried Woodshed, by Dorothy Shinn, 1990
A Heap of Language: Robert Smithson and American Hieroglyphic,
by Richard Sieburth, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, New York University,
From a talk on November 18, 1999
The Salt of the Earth, By MELISSA SANFORD, Published: January 13, 2004
Sculpture From the Earth, But Never Limited by
It By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN, New York Times, June 24, 2005
Setting Sights on an American Visionary
BY DANIEL KUNITZ, New York Sun, June 23, 2005
The Whitney brings a little of
Robert Smithson’s outward-looking art back into the white box.
By Mark Stevens, New York Magazine
IKONS by Katy Siegel


 
 

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