Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings  

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“In the illusory babels of language, an artist might advance specifically to get lost, and to intoxicate himself in dizzying syntaxes, seeking odd intersections of meaning, strange corridors of history, unexpected echoes, unknown humors, or voids of knowledge… but this quest is risky, full of bottomless fictions and endless architectures and counter-architectures… at the end, if there is an end, are perhaps only meaningless reverberations.” --"A Museum of Language in the Vicinity of Art" (1968) by Robert Smithson

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Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings (1996) is a collection of art writings by Robert Smithson.

Table of contents

Introduction: Reading Robert Smithson -- Quick Millions (1965) -- Donald Judd (1965) -- The Crystal Land (1966) -- Entropy and the New Monuments (1966) -- The X Factor in Art (1966) -- The Domain of the Great Bear (1966) -- Quasi-Infinities and the Waning of Space (1966) -- The Cryosphere (1966) -- Interpolation of the Enantiomorphic Chambers (1966) -- Some Void Thoughts on Museums (1967) -- What is a Museum? A Dialogue Between Allan Kaprow and Robert Smithson (1967) -- Towards the Development of an Air Terminal Site (1967) -- Language to be Looked at and/or Things to be Read (1967) -- Ultramoderne (1967) -- Letter to the Editor (1967) -- A Tour of the Monuments of Passaic, New Jersey (1967) -- Strata: A Geophotographic Fiction (1970) -- A Museum of Language in the Vicinity of Art (1968) -- A Thing is a Hole in a Thing It is Not (1968) -- The Establishment (1968) -- A Sedimentation of the Mind: Earth Projects (1968) -- Minus Twelve (1968) -- Aerial Art (1969) -- Incidents of Mirror-Travel in the Yucatan (1969) -- The Artist and Politics: A Symposium (1970) -- Gyrostasis (1970) -- A Cinematic Atopia (1971) -- The Spiral Jetty (1972) -- Cultural Confinement (1972) -- Frederick Law Olmsted and the Dialectical Landscape (1973) -- Smithson's Non-Site Sights / Anthony Robbin (1969) -- Earth / Thomas W. Leavitt (1969) -- Fragments of a Conversation / William C. Lipke (1969) -- Fragments of an Interview with Patsy Norvell (1969) -- Four Conversations Between Dennis Wheeler and Robert Smithson / Edited by Eva Schmidt (1969-1970) -- Interview with Robert Smithson / Paul Toner (1970) -- Discussions with Heizer, Oppenheim, Smithson / Liza Bear and Willoughby Sharp (1970) -- "...The Earth, Subject to Cataclysms, is a Cruel Master" / Gregoire Muller (1971) -- Conversation with Robert Smithson / Bruce Kurtz (1972) -- Interview with Robert Smithson for the Archives of American Art / Smithsonian Institution / Paul Cummings (1972) -- Conversation in Salt Lake City / Gianni Pettena (1972) -- Entropy Made Visible / Alison Sky (1973) -- Robert Smithson on Duchamp / Moira Roth (1973) -- From the Temptations -- From the Walls of Dis -- From the City -- To the Eye of Blood -- The Lamentations of the Paroxysmal Artist -- The Iconography of Desolation (c. 1962) -- The Eliminator (1964) -- The Hum (c. 1965) -- A Short Description of Two Mirrored Crystal Structures (1965) -- Response to a Questionnaire from Irving Sandler (1966) -- Colossal Nullifications (Part I) (c. 1966) -- Atlantic City (H-13) (1966) -- The Shape of the Future and Memory (1966) -- Predictable Model for Unpredictable Project (c. 1966) -- Proposal for the Detection of Approximate Period Quantity (c. 1966) -- An Esthetics of Disappointment (c. 1966) -- Sol Lewitt (1966-67) -- A Refutation of Historical Humanism (1966-67) -- The Pathetic Fallacy in Esthetics (1966-67) -- Abstract Mannerism (1966-67) -- The Artist as Site-Seen, or, a Dintorphic Essay (1966-67) -- What Really Spoils Michelangelo's Sculpture (1966-67) -- From Ivan the Terrible to Roger Corman or Paradoxes of Conduct in Mannerism as Reflected in the Cinema (1967) -- Proposal for Earthworks and Landmarks to be Built on the Fringes of the Fort Worth-Dallas Regional Air Terminal Site (1966-67) -- Untitled (Air Terminal - Windows) (1967) -- See the Monuments of Passaic New Jersey (1967) -- The Monument Outline for a Film (1967) -- Pointless Vanishing Points (1967) -- A Small Test for Jo Baer (1968) -- Outline for Yale Symposium Against Absolute Categories (1968) -- Sites and Settings (1968) -- Untitled (Site Data) (1968) -- A Provisional Theory of Non-Sites (1968) -- Non-Site Number 2 (1968) -- Hidden Trails in Art (1969) -- Can Man Survive? (1969) -- Letter to Gyorgy Kepes (1969) -- Look (1970) -- Art and Dialectics (1971) -- Art Through the Camera's Eye (c. 1971) -- Untitled (1971) -- Letter to John Dixon (1972) -- Production for Production's Sake (1972) -- Untitled (1972) -- Proposal (1972)



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