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Nancy Holt

Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson during construction of Holt’s Missoula Ranch Locators: Vision Encompassed, 1972, north of Missoula, MT. Photo: Michael Wheatley.

NANCY HOLT died on February 8 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, after she was suddenly diagnosed with leukemia in late October. She was seventy-five and had just returned from receiving an award from the International Sculpture Center in New Jersey. From her hospital bed in Santa Fe, New Mexico, having been given a possible forty-eight hours to live, she warned me, “Don’t ever accept a lifetime-achievement award!” She survived for some three months longer, opting for experimental treatment in New York that ultimately failed. Her time was spent seeing old friends and completing a video from film shot in 1973 on the making of Robert Smithson’s Amarillo Ramp. The artists had been married for a decade when his small plane crashed that year during a routine flight to oversee the ramp’s construction. I have always found it ironic that she stayed behind that day to

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