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Quasi-Infinities and the Waning of Space
...system is extended into mechanics. The workings of biology and technology belong not in the domain of art, but to the “useful” time of organic (active) duration, which is unconscious and mortal. Art mirrors the “actuality” that Kubler and Reinhardt are exploring. What is actual is apart from the continuous “actions” between birth and death. Action is not the motive of a Reinhardt painting. Whenever “action” does persist, it is unavailable or useless. In art, action is always becoming inertia, but this inertia has no ground to settle on except the mind, which is as empty as actual time.
ROBERT SMITHSON (1939-73) was an American sculptor and writer associated with the Land Art movement.
Robert Smithson: Abstract CartographyBy Ann McCoy
JUL-AUG 2021 | ArtSeen
The vast expanse of Smithsons artistic vision is staggering, and in this exhibition, we are transported on a geological timeline from the Proterozoic to a futuristic possibility of entropic collapse.
Elaine Reichek: Material GirlBy Norman L Kleeblatt
APRIL 2022 | ArtSeen
Elaine Reichek scavenges among sources from literature, history, mythology, and art, fabricating images and texts she transforms into textiles. Trained as a painter by avant-garde, intellectually rigorous icons, notably Ad Reinhardt, her career has been defined by her strategic use of the textile mediuma feminist, postmodern strategy.
Suzaan Boettgers Inside the SpiralBy Joseph Masheck
APRIL 2023 | Books
Suzaan Boettgers long awaited Inside the Spiral: The Passions of Robert Smithson constitutes an epitome of probing inquiry into a major artists life and work, as many old biographies said.
Alan Sonfist: American Earth LandscapeBy Norman L Kleeblatt
NOV 2021 | ArtSeen
When you google land art one of the top options features two photographic examples: Robert Smithsons monumental Spiral Jetty (1970), perhaps the paradigm for the genre, and Alan Sonfists Time Landscape (1978). Smithsons earthwork is a massive and muscular transformation of terrain set in the vast open area of Utahs Great Salt Lake. Its image is quickly identifiable, iconic. Time Landscape is modest, non-iconic, and set in the heart of an urban metropolis.