Thirty years after his untimely death, Robert Smithson (1938-1973) remains one of the most influential artists of his generation. His complex ideas took root in many forms, including drawings, projects, proposals, sculpture, earthworks, films, and critical writings. Although made in a brief span from the mid-sixties to the early seventies, Smithson's provocative works redefined the language of sculpture.
"Due to the unusual ephemeral nature of most of Whitman's oeuvre, relatively little of it is easily accessible to us today; 'Playback' has therefore involved the artist extensively in restoring and reconstructing works. The exhibition and the book are the product of a six-year effort, some of it nearly archaeological, to rehabilitate aged film and outdated equipment into an exhibitable form as the artist intended it." This book comes with a DVD including 'The American Moon', 'Flower', 'Prune Flat', and an interview with the artist as well as commentary on the films.
Dia Art Foundation, New York.
The Reed Foundation Poetry Chapbook Series.
Readings in Contemporary Poetry, Number 4.
Published on the occasion of a reading of these poems by the poet, March 23, 1988.
Edition of 350.
Curator Lynne Cooke designed the exhibition in three parts over eighteen months, ranging from some of the artist's earlier projects to a group of new sculptures created especially for the Dia show. In the same way, this book has been conceived with multiple critical perspectives focused on each of the three chapters of the exhibition. Contains essays by Lynne Cooke, Alexander Kluge, Jan Avgikos, Susan Stewart, Gertrud Sandqvist, and Thomas Schutte.
Zoe Leonard's You see I am here after all brings together thousands of postcard images of the 'great cataract', Niagara Falls, from the early 1900s through the 1950s. It is the companion publication to the recent installation at Dia:Beacon.