Passaic's poignant terrain is plotted by environmental artist robert smithson, whose field trip to the achingly ordinary city of his childhood was recorded in his article in artforum in december 1967, the monuments of passaic (smithson 1967. The illustrated travel-essay a tour of the monuments of passaic, new jersey (1967) other times permanent, large-scale sculptural interventions, as in the case of spiral jetty. Official web site for the estate of robert smithson, renowned earthwork artist, presenting images and text of earthworks/land art: spiral jetty, amarillo ramp, land art, nonsites, slide works, conceptual writings and more. In the essay a tour of the monuments of passaic, new jersey, smithson doesn't expand the definition of art so much as dissolve the limits around those human projects deemed worthy of analysis a naturalist museology takes in contemporary sculpture, and the sculptor's eye grazes on the aesthetic of the new jersey suburbs. Inspiration for the passaic tourist route is a 1967 essay by the artist robert smithson entitled a tour of the monuments of passaic, new jersey in this essay, smithson went to the port authority.
Smithson robert 9 (1972), jetty spiral the cooke, in smithson, robert passaic, of monuments the of tour a travel-essay illustrated the p , jersey new essay 1972 a in jetty spiral of landscape surrounding the describing in color, of descriptions ample us gives smithson robert , basalt black of deposits the from. Passaic, nj, 1967 — for most of my life i have been aware of, and perhaps existed in an uneasy resonance with, robert smithson's 1967 artforum essay the monuments of passaic, aka a tour of the monuments of passaic, new jersey. Mirror-travels encompasses the full span of smithson's career, offering a close analysis of the artist's working model of history and featuring comprehensive case studies of three of his most influential works: the monuments of passaic, incidents of mirror-travel in the yucatan, and the spiral jetty.
Based on the essay, a tour of the monuments of passaic, new jersey, how does smithson re-conceptualize monuments and their function how does smithson's tour of the monuments of passaic, new jersey compare to colson whitehead's colossus of new york --a guidebook to various new york city monuments that incoming freshman are. On my second day, walking around town, i was struck by a number of particularly smithsonian images which reminded me of the artist's famous essay, a tour of the monuments of passaic, new jersey. The essay was illustrated with smithson's black-and-white snapshots of the industrial passaic river, and the piece reads like smithson's version of thomas cole's the course of empire. Robert smithson, artist - njn/state of the arts nj through the eyes of the late artist robert smithson using the artists seminal 1967 essay monuments of passaic as a street map born in. Robert smithson expressed a profound interest in the arts from an early age while still attending high school in clifton, new jersey, during the mid 1950s, he attended art classes on the side in new york city.
Robert smithson (1938-1973) was the pioneer of land and earthworks art he was also a noted sculptor, painter, writer, and lecturer working primarily in new york city born in passaic, new jersey, smithson expressed an early interest in art, enrolling in classes at the brooklyn museum school and the art student's league in new york while still. Essays and interviews can be found in the book: robert smithson: the collected writings, edited by jack flam, university of california press, berkeley and los angeles, california university of. Robert smithson 'the fountain monument - bird's eye view' from 'monuments of passaic, new jersey' (1967) in the latest edition of frieze video, ellen mara de wachter follows robert smithson's journey from new york to passaic in her contemporary travelogue suburban odyssey: revisiting smithson's passaic. Smithson's mock-travelogue (13) a tour of the monuments of passaic, new jersey, 1967, describes the journey he took from the port authority in new york to passaic county his tour of the monuments in new jersey begins at a bridge over the passaic river.
A tour of the monuments of passaic, new jersey by robert smithson pages 2 words 467 view full essay sign up to view the rest of the essay read the full essay. Robert smithson was born in passaic, new jersey, on january 2, 1938 while still in high school in clifton, new jersey, he attended classes in new york at the art students league and the brooklyn museum school. Robert smithson (january 2, 1938 — july 20, 1973) was an american artist who used photography in relation to sculpture and land artsmithson was born in passaic, new jersey and early on lived.
The papers of sculptor, writer, and earthworks artist robert smithson and his wife, sculptor, filmmaker, and earthworks artist nancy holt measure 149 linear feet and date from 1905 to 1987, with the bulk of the material dating from 1952 to 1987. Smithson details in the monuments of passaic, an essay that ran in shaped ditch in central park, wwwkauaihistoricalsocietyorg wwwkauaihistoricalsocietyorg robert smithson central park essay - svyatogor-kzru we would like to show you a description here but the site won't allow us. The monuments of passaic robert smithson he laughed softly i know there's no way out not through the barrier maybe that isn't what i want. Robert smithson, map of broken glass as with the illustrated travel-essay a tour of the monuments of passaic, robert smithson was born in passaic, new.