Robert Smithson Quotes


32 Robert Smithson quotes:



"Art's development should be dialectical and not metaphysical."
"Artists are expected to fit into fraudulent categories."
"From the top of the quarry cliffs, one could see the New Jersey suburbs bordered by the New York City skyline."
"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."
"Questions about form seem as hopelessly inadequate as questions about content."
"Artists themselves are not confined, but their output is."
"An emotion is suggested and demolished in one glance by certain words."
"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."
"Instead of causing us to remember the past like the old monuments, the new monuments seem to cause us to forget the future."
"The museum spreads its surfaces everywhere, and becomes an untitled collection of generalizations that mobilize the eye."
"The scenic ideals that surround even our national parks are carriers of a nostalgia for heavenly bliss and eternal calmness."
"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."
"Language thus becomes monumental because of the mutations of advertising."
"Painting, sculpture and architecture are finished, but the art habit continues."
"Parks are idealizations of nature, but nature in fact is not a condition of the ideal."
"Art history is less explosive than the rest of history, so it sinks faster into the pulverized regions of time."
"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."



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