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Robert Smithson: Art in Continual Movement

Date uploaded: February 27, 2012

Robert Smithson: Art in Continual Movement: A publication about the contemporary relevance of the oeuvre of Robert Smithson (1938 - 1973).

Smithson's seminal Land Art work Broken Circle/Spiral Hill (Emmen, the Netherlands, 1971) is treated as a case study, which opens up to a number of topics, still relevant in contemporary art: 'Models of Spectatorship', 'Art and Ecology', 'Documentation', 'Museum, Media, Society' and 'The Cinematic'. The theoretical part is being completed with 'A Living Archive', which brings together for the first time a complete selection of archival material related to the work - ranging from photographs, film scripts and drawings to original manuscripts and letters - spread over different archives in the Netherlands and the US.

Robert Smithson: Art in Continual Movement is part of the programme Land Art Contemporary.

Publisher and initiator: Alauda Publications
Editors: Ingrid Commandeur and Trudy van Riemsdijk-Zandee
Authors: Max Andrews, Eric C.H. de Bruyn, Stefan Heidenreich, Sven Lütticken, Anja Novak and Vivian van Saaze
Design: Esther Krop
English, 20,4 x 26,8 cm, 240 pages, hardcover
ISBN 978-90-81531-48-1
€ 39,95

Available in bookshops from March 15, 2012 or order online
The book will be presented on March 30, 2012 during the symposium RETHINKING ROBERT SMITHSON
Friday March 30, 2012, 10 AM - 5 PM
Royal Academy of Art (KABK), Prinsessegracht 4, The Hague, the Netherlands

In many ways, the artistic debates prevalent in the 1970s are recurring in our time: the relation between art and ecology, the position of the artist within a growing information and media society, and the crisis of (neo)liberalism. Along the line of two thematic approaches related to Smithson’s practice, 'Art and Ecology' and 'The Cinematic Condition', topical concerns in artistic practice of the 1970s and today are reconsidered by internationally renowned theorists and artists.

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