Published by Estate of Robert Smithson and James Cohan Gallery. Edited by Elyse Goldberg. Foreword by Maxwell L. Anderson. Text by Leigh A. Arnold, Amy Von Lintel, Jonathan Revett.
Robert Smithson (1938-73), the internationally renowned pioneer of the earthworks movement who is best known for his earthwork Spiral Jetty (1970), is considered one of the most iconoclastic artists of the 20th century. Published on the occasion of the exhibition Robert Smithson in Texas at the Dallas Museum of Art, this book contains essays and illustrations that examine Smithson's engagement with the Texas landscape. Smithson's involvement with Texas began in July 1966, when he was hired as an artist consultant to the New York-based architecture and engineering firm Tippetts, Abbett, McCarthy, Stratton (TAMS) to develop plans for the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Airport. Though his plans never came to fruition, Smithson credited the project as a major catalyst in his development toward the concept of large-scale earthworks. The artist returned to Texas several times in the years following the DFW Airport project, proposing earthworks related to islands off the Gulf Coast outside Houston and at the Northwood Institute near Dallas.
Smithson's final work, Amarillo Ramp was completed posthumously in August 1973. Though the artist had finalized the arrangement for the earthwork, he died tragically in a plane crash while aerially viewing the staked-out form. In addition to the essays and illustrated exhibition checklist, the publication includes still images from Nancy Holt's film The Making of Amarillo Ramp, 1973-2013. Using archival footage shot in 1973 by Holt--artist and wife of Robert Smithson--as well as still images of Smithson's visit to Amarillo, the film provides a visual story of the Amarillo Ramp as it was developed from start to finish.
PUBLISHER Estate of Robert Smithson and James Cohan Gallery
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 9.5 x 11 in. / 80 pgs / illustrated throughout.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 9/29/2015 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2015 p. 123
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Published by Hopefulmonster. Essay by James Lingwood. Introduction by Vicente TodolĂ.
In December 1968, the American artist Robert Smithson embarked on a field trip to the huge industrial complex in the Ruhr district of Germany. His local guides were the Dusseldorf-based artist duo of Bernd and Hilla Becher, and Konrad Fischer, in whose Dusseldorf gallery Smithson was scheduled to exhibit. The Bechers had begun their own project of photographing the vernacular industrial architecture of Northern Europe in the early 1960s, and had already spent several months photographing at Oberhausen as well as at adjacent industrial sites. The different series of photographs made by Smithson and the Bechers of the same site foreground their respective preoccupations with the industrial landscape and the process of production and entropy, with systems and their inevitable dissolution. Their contrasting bodies of work embody alternate perspectives on time: the Bechers' sense of historical time and Smithson's of the geological. Though formally divergent, each artist's work comprises a radical rethinking of classical notions of beauty and landscape. Neither the Bechers' typologies nor Smithson's projects were possible without prospecting in neglected parts of the landscape, whose distressed state refuted any automatic relationship between history and progress.
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 6.25 x 9.5 in. / 168 pgs / 53 color / 105 bw
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 11/2/2002 No longer our product
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2002
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