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The Spiral Jetty By Robert Smithson

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LasleyTomi LasleyProf. CarmackART 1010October 8, 2014Robert Smithson and The Spiral JettyRobert Smithson is arguably the most famous Earthworks artist of the 20th century. In 1970 Smithson began work on his most famous work, The Spiral Jetty. The Spiral Jetty is many things, iconic, mysterious, controversial, historical, and above all beautiful. It is also one of Smithson's most contentious works of art due to it's impermanence. Smithson was captivated by ideas of entropy, and the process of matter taking shape. This essay will take a closer look at the subjects that influenced the artwork, the controversy surrounding the work, and the analysis of the work itself.Robert Smithson was an american sculptor born in Passaic, NJ in 1938. He fleetingly attended The Brooklyn Museum School. After attending The Brooklyn Museum School, he met and married fellow artist Nancy Holt in 1963. He started out his art career with paintings and collages, and then later moved to small gallery-style works. Smithson then moved on to Earthworks, or changes in land level, typically made from piles of artificially placed rocks, debris and soil. One of his first large-scale works of art was a proposal for the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Airport. For the airport Smithson was brought on as a consultant to a New York-based architecture firm Tippetts, Abbett, McCarthy, Stratton. The suggested art was comprised of mirrors, cameras, and other objects that could be seen while riding in airplanes. The project did not succeed but attributed greatly to the development of Earthworks. Smithson proposed several large projects in Texas, but the only one completed was Amarillo Ramp. He was viewing the arrangements of the sculpture when his plane tragically crashed in 1973. The work was finished after his death by his wife Nancy Holt and several colleagues. The artwork bears a resemblance to the iconic Spiral Jetty. Despite having a career that lasted less than a decade, Smithson is known as an innovator of Earthworks and Large-scale artwork. [0: Carroll, Colleen. 2011. "Scale in art." Arts & Activities 149, no. 5: 28. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed October 14, 2014).][1: 2013. Robert Smithson in Texas | Dallas Museum of Art.]Many of Smithson's works were geometric in nature, and usually dealing with metal works and earth. Numerous early sculptures were brightly colored serial sculptures, but quickly moved on to what Smithson called "Nonsites" in 1968. Nonsites were various enclosures within the enclosure of a gallery, shown on maps on walls within the gallery. This gave the viewer an idea of being connected to an artwork at several different points. Smithson eschewed the idea of art only existing in an enclosed space. His works often had gravel, dirt, rubble and other elements of nature included in them. He brought these elements to places where they would not exist normally. He is known to have...

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