Dia Art Foundation's "Artists on Robert Smithson"

This spring Dia Art Foundation publishes the fifth volume in their Artists on Artists series of books with Artists on Robert Smithson. This lecture and publication program was established in 2001, and it invites artists working today discuss in-depth artists whose work is held in Dia’s collection.

The contributors to Artists on Robert Smithson engage with Smithson’s work in myriad ways. Matthew Buckingham’s essay highlights Smithson’s preoccupation with the ways histories of the earth are constructed and contested, while Abraham Cruzvillegas considers Smithson’s work with broken glass and architecture. Through a playful, didactic approach Mark Dion's piece recounts, from prehistoric times onward, the conceptual and evolutionary conditions that led to the artist's birth and development. Teresita Fernández confronts the dominant histories of place, art, and concepts of the monumental and Trevor Paglen considers Smithson’s iconic spiral and his fascination with natural history. Rayyane Tabet, the most recent lecture in the collection, weaves together a history of basalt that reveals themes of colonialism, surveillance, and strife. Finally, engaging with the science-fiction canon and its cinematic conventions, Diana Thater provides a close reading of Smithson’s Spiral Jetty film.

To purchase, visit Dia’s on-line bookshop.

Archived News

2021 Research Fellow: Scout Hutchinson

We are pleased to announce the second of our 2021 Holt/Smithson Foundation Research Fellowship awardees: Scout Hutchinson.

Scout Hutchinson is a recent graduate of the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU, where she earned an MA in Art History. She has provided curatorial support to art institutions including deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Massachusetts; the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; the Jewish Museum in New York; and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum at the University of Oklahoma, where she is currently a Mellon Curatorial Intern.

2021 Research Fellow: Ali Ismail Karimi

We are pleased to announce the first of our 2021 Holt/Smithson Foundation Research Fellowship awardees: Ali Ismail Karimi.

Ali Ismail Karimi’s Research Fellowship will focus on Robert Smithson’s 1966 works Grave Mounds with Object and Proposal for a Monument on the Red Sea and the relationship of Smithson’s work to the landscapes of the Middle East.