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Author Graziani, Ron, 1953-

Title Robert Smithson and the American landscape / Ron Graziani
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2004


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 MELB  709.2 Gra/Rsa  AVAILABLE
Description xiv, 219 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Series Contemporary artists and their critics
Contemporary artists and their critics.
Contents Introduction: Grounding Art History -- Ch. 1. Blasted Landscapes -- Ch. 2. Prospecting for Culture: (N)onsite Inspections -- Ch. 3. An Aesthetic Foreman in the Mining Industry -- Ch. 4. Lunar Pastures -- Conclusion: Nature with Class
Summary "Robert Smithson and the American Landscape is a social history of the earthworks and their critical reception. Providing a close analysis of Smithson's own writings and artworks. Ron Graziani demonstrates how his earthworks were part of an aesthetic and civic fault line that ruptured in the 1960s. Smithson's humanized environments were a powerful indictment of the modernist sense of art and nature. Moreover, Graziani shows how Smithson's earthworks formed part of what was called the "new conservationism" in the late 1960s and how they gave material form to the contradictions of a sociological issue that was inseparable from its economic legacy."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-216) and index
Subject Smithson, Robert -- Criticism and interpretation.
Earthworks (Art) -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Earthworks (Art) -- United States.
Author Smithson, Robert.
LC no. 2003051527
ISBN 0521827558 :