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 In addition to a new introduction by Jack Flam, The Collected Writings includes previously unpublished essays by Smithson and gathers hard-to-find articles, interviews, and photographs.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 The Collected Writings
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"The perfect book for someone who is interested in space, time, systems, engineering, and the nitty-gritty of life as an artist in the 20th century."—Publishers Weekly
“Featuring more than 150 works including paintings, works on paper, essays, photographs, objects and films”—CAA Reviews
“Smithson’s writings transcend immediate occasions and achieve significance as the products of an original, gifted, startling mind.”—Art Journal
“Smithson read widely and used that reading to create a style of criticism that is unique and deeply personal. ‘One must remember,’ he says, ‘that writing on art replaces presence by absence by substituting the abstraction of language for the real thing.’ His own vivid and very beautiful prose often provides some equivalent for that presence.”—Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism"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