A Museum of Language in the Vicinity of Art  

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"She took one or two of them down and turned the pages over, trying to persuade herself she was reading them. But the meanings of words seemed to dart away from her like a shoal of minnows as she advanced upon them, and she felt more uneasy still."--Against Entropy by Michael Frayn, epigraph

"The Four Museums are the Four Mirrors" --Ad Reinhardt, epigraph

"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."

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"A Museum of Language in the Vicinity of Art" (1968) is an essay written by Robert Smithson first published in Art International and collected in Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings (1996). Smithson examens the writings of Dan Flavin, Carl Andre, Robert Morris, Sol LeWitt, Dan Graham, Peter Hutchinson, and Donald Judd.

The most frequently cited is this passage is the one on "illusory babels of language."

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