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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 In addition to a new introduction by Jack Flam, The Collected Writings includes previously unpublished essays by Sm ...more
Paperback, 385 pages
Published April 10th 1996 by University of California Press (first published March 11th 1996)
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Ben
Absolute incredible wisdom for the ages, artists, architects...

From robertsmithson.com:

Some Void Thoughts On Museums by Robert Smithson (1967)

Tomb furniture achieved apparently contradictory ends in discarding old things all the while retaining them, much as in our storage warehouses, and museum deposits, and antiquarian storerooms. - George Kubler,The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things

History is a facsimile of events held together by flimsy biographical information. Art history is
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Leslie
The only Smithson book you need. Extremely strong writing that jumps off the rails in the very best way, into uncharted, tripped out heaving briny waters of time and space. These essays are artworks- The Domain of the Great Bear, The Monuments of Passaic New Jersey... even the Jack Flam intro is illuminating and great.
Laura
Like a lot of visual artists, Smithson probably should have stuck to making art instead of trying to write about it.
lou
favorite collection of smithson. i always go back to this book.
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