Caroline A. Jones

  • Mirror-Travels: Robert Smithson and History

    CANONIZED FOUNDER OF EARTHWORKS, filmmaker, respected antiformalist theorist, “preconscious” religious visionary, homoerotic draftsman, and Beat poet (not to mention posthumous market-driven photographer)—these Robert Smithsons have proliferated since the artist aligned himself with the new entropic monuments later designated as Minimal art. Perhaps because of his deadpan enthusiasm for what he called the “inactive history” of Flavin, Judd, et al., the eccentric works Smithson produced from roughly 1964 to 1969 (Minimalism’s heyday) are useful tools for scholars trying to get inside the Minimalist