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Artists on Robert Smithson


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This is the fifth volume in a series that builds upon Dia Art Foundation’s Artists on Artists lectures. The contributors to Artists on Robert Smithson engage with Smithson’s work in myriad ways: Matthew Buckingham’s essay highlights Smithson’s preoccupation with the ways that histories of the earth are constructed and contested; Abraham Cruzvillegas considers Smithson’s work with broken glass and architecture; through a playful, didactic approach Mark Dion's piece recounts, from prehistoric times onward, the conceptual and evolutionary conditions that led to the artist's birth and development; Teresita Fernández confronts the dominant histories of place, art, and concepts of the monumental; Trevor Paglen considers Smithson’s iconic spiral and his fascination with natural history; Rayyane Tabet weaves together a history of basalt that reveals themes of colonialism, surveillance, and strife; and finally, engaging with the science-fiction canon and its cinematic conventions, Diana Thater provides a close reading of Smithson’s Spiral Jetty film.

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5.25 x 7 inches
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Edited by Katherine Atkins and Kelly Kivland. Contributions by Matthew Buckingham, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Mark Dion, Teresita Fernández, Trevor Paglen, Rayyane Tabet, and Diana Thater

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