Robert Smithson Quotes

32 Robert Smithson quotes:

"Artists themselves are not confined, but their output is."
"Art history is less explosive than the rest of history, so it sinks faster into the pulverized regions of time."
"A vacant white room with lights is still a submission to the neutral. Works of art seen in such spaces seem to be going through a kind of esthetic convalescence."
"A work of art when placed in a gallery loses its charge, and becomes a portable object or surface disengaged from the outside world."
"Abstraction is everybody's zero but nobody's nought."
"An emotion is suggested and demolished in one glance by certain words."
"Art's development should be dialectical and not metaphysical."
"Artists are expected to fit into fraudulent categories."
"Banal words function as a feeble phenomena that fall into their own mental bogs of meaning."
"Cultural confinement takes place when a curator imposes his own limits on an art exhibition, rather than asking an artist to set his limits."
"From the top of the quarry cliffs, one could see the New Jersey suburbs bordered by the New York City skyline."
"History is a facsimile of events held together by finally biographical information."
"History is representational, while time is abstract; both of these artifices may be found in museums, where they span everybody's own vacancy."
"I am for an art that takes into account the direct effect of the elements as they exist from day to day apart from representation."
"Instead of causing us to remember the past like the old monuments, the new monuments seem to cause us to forget the future."
"Language operates between literal and metaphorical signification."
"Language should be an ever developing procedure and not an isolated occurrence."
"Language should find itself in the physical world, and not end up locked in an idea in somebody's head."
"Language thus becomes monumental because of the mutations of advertising."
"Mistakes and dead-ends often mean more to these artists than any proven problem."

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