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Robert Smithson and History

Jennifer L. Roberts


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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 connection between the Jetty and the nearby Golden Spike National Historic Site, location of the completion of the first U.S. transcontinental railroad. The link between these two monuments is but one facet of an entire complex of historical reference and reflection that structures Smithson’s work.

Mirror-Travels encompasses the full span of Smithson’s career, offering a close analysis of the artist’s working model of history and featuring comprehensive case studies of three of his most influential works: “The Monuments of Passaic,” “Incidents of Mirror-Travel in the Yucatan,” and the Spiral Jetty. Incorporating abundant new material from Smithson’s personal papers and library, Jennifer Roberts offers surprising new interpretations about the artist and his responses to the social, ideological, and material contradictions of his time.

Jennifer L. Roberts is assistant professor of the history of art and architecture at Harvard University.

"This engrossing study of the work of Robert Smithson is based on highly focused and informed research, offering fresh interpretations and closely argued readings that are a significant addition to Smithson scholarship."—Lynne Cooke, Curator, DIA Center for the Arts, New York

"Mirror-Travels is a very valuable addition to art historical and theoretical literature on Smithson, providing new and illuminating accounts of Smithson’s career and most striking works. This book will have to be read by anyone interested in Smithson and in the critical discourse for which he is a major touchstone."—Gary Shapiro, Tucker Boatwright Professor in the Humanities, University of Richmond

“A richly textured read. . . . More art history should be written with the kind of imagination and verve displayed here.”—Pamela M. Lee, Bookforum

"The book's concision and vibrant prose place it within the rarest of categories of art-historical writing: a good read. . . . A pivotal account of the changing nature of representation in the age of information technology and archival overload. . . .  Mirror Travels is by far the most cogent and compelling account of Smithson's art to date and moreover an outstanding example of how such apparently hermetic, anti-aesthetic art can be rewardingly approached with historical and visual sensitivity."—Robert Slifkin, Art Journal
ISBN: 9780300094978
Publication Date: May 11, 2004
176 pages, 7.5 x 10
71 b/w + 10 color illus.
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