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

Chapter Two of Tuesday Texts

We are delighted to announce that throughout January and February we will be publishing a second chapter of our Tuesday Text Series as part of our ongoing Scholarly Text Program, which invites thinkers to focus on a single artwork by Holt and/or Smithson.

Research Fellow Announcement: Hikmet Sidney Loe

We are delighted to announce that Hikmet Sidney Loe has been awarded the first of our 2021 Research Fellowships. This Holt/Smithson Foundation program encourages new research on the work, ideas, and creative legacies of Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson. 

2021 Research Fellowship Applications

Our Research Fellowships aim to encourage new research on the work, ideas, and creative legacies of Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson. Our first Research Fellowship Program launches in 2021 and we are calling for applications. The application deadline is February 1, 2021.