Robert Smithson – Die Erfindung der Landschaft
136 pages, 27 x 23 cm , 567 g.
Robert Smithson – Die Erfindung der Landschaft
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Upon the news of Robert Smithson’s (1938–1973) untimely death, Michael Kimmelman, editor of The New York Times, summarily declared the artist—who was born in Rutherford New Jersey, and who perished at the age of thirty-five in a 1973 plane crash whilst working on a new piece—to be the »James Dean of Art«. A certain parallelism aside, the appellation is due to the ­phenomenal effect of Robert Smithson’s site-specific earthwork sculpture Spiral Jetty on the shores of the Great Salt Lake in Utah that Kimmelman called an »icon of Americana«. And in his artistic and theoretical work, Robert Smithson was concerned with ­nothing less than fundamentals of this sort—Postminimalism, Land Art and artistic self-perception. In this way, Spiral Jetty has become legend through the eponymous film that oscillates between fiction and documentation.

A second Land Art project was initiated in 1971 in Europe on the occasion of the exhibition Sonsbeek 71 near Emmen in Holland. Smithson had also formulated his ideas for a film about this work for which he had already begun filming. Forty years on, the artist Nancy Holt, (and Smithson’s widow), has completed this film in conjunction with SKOR, ­Amsterdam.

The book is a documentation of the exhibition which features three films as well as 50 sketches and photographs and which also specifically describes the relationship between earthwork sculpture and film in the context of Robert Smithson’s oeuvre.
EditorEva Schmidt
LanguageGerman, English
Author(s)Roel Arkesteijn, Theo Tegelaers
Type of bookExhib'publication
Museum / PlaceMuseum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen
Article IDart-59254


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