PRINT October 1979


The Writings of Robert Smithson

The Writings of Robert Smithson, ed. Nancy Holt (New York, New York University Press, 1979), 221 pages, 220 black and white illustrations.

Artists-as-artists, Ad Reinhardt wrote, say the same thing—repetitive nothing is the subject of their work—but Robert Smithson, the guardian of impurity, had a very great deal to express. Those party to his late-night ramblings at Max’s could have these dictates readily. There the vituperative tongue and wide-ranging intellect held court until all hours. But for the rest, it seemed, there were other sources to contact. In the late 1960s one could expect regular reports from the fringes, permeating the Minimal core. Smithson’s opinions were broadcast regularly in the pages of magazines, generally Artforum (through the encouragement of Philip Leider), but also Arts, Art News and others. From 1966 to 1973 perhaps two dozen pieces appeared—substantial for

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