Robert Smithson, Four-Sided Vortex
Robert Smithson

‘Four-Sided Vortex’ (1965)

Stainless steel, mirrors

88.9 x 71.1 x 71.1 cms / 35 x 28 x 28″

The Holt-Smithson Foundation is pleased to announce Robert Smithson’s sculpture “Four-Sided Vortex” (1965) has been acquired by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. The artwork has been purchased through prior gift of Daimler-Benz in honor of Thomas M. Messer, 2016.

“Four-Sided Vortex” joins the works “Yucatan Mirror Displacements (1-9)” (1969) and “Hotel Palenque” (1969-72) held in the Guggenheim Collection.

In his publication Robert Smithson: Sculpture (Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 1981), art historian Robert Hobbs describes that when Smithson created “Four-Sided Vortex”, he ‘was fascinated with crystallography. What he was attempting was to base art on a structure different from the organic. […] In “Four-Sided Vortex” Smithson pierces a cube with an interacting pyramid.’

Robert Smithson, “Four-Sided Vortex” (1965) [illustrated above]
Stainless steel, mirrors
35 x 28 x 28 in. (88.9 x 71.1 x 71.1 cm)