January 2024 Press Round-up

Smithson prima della Land [Smithson before Land]

Original Italian translated to English via Google Translate – please forgive any errors or omissions.

by Luana De Micco

Il Giornale Dell’Arte, January 11, 2024

“An exhibition by Marian Goodman is dedicated to the American artist who created the famous Spiral Jetty which retraces the stages preceding the experience of Land Art.“

Les expos à voir en galerie en Janvier, de Françoise Pétrovitch à Robert Smithson [Exhibitions to see in galleries in January, from Françoise Pétrovitch to Robert Smithson]

Original French translated to English via Google Translate – please forgive any errors or omissions.

by Matthew Jacquet

Numero, January 12, 2024

“[Robert Smithson] was also a great draftsman, sketching on paper fantasized landscapes, ideas for sculptures, but also scenes mixing fictional characters, religious symbols and eroticized bodies.  The Marian Goodman Gallery presents a series of these drawings and collages made in the early 1960s … “

Nancy Holt: el tiempo del paisaje [Nancy Holt: landscape time]

Original Spanish translated to English via Google Translate – please forgive any errors or omissions.

by Amalia Cross

LitoralPress, January 14, 2024

“In astronomy, the occultation of a star by the interposition of another celestial body is known as an eclipse. While one shines, the other is not visible. Something similar happened to Nancy Holt (1938-2014), who remained in the shadow of the American artists associated with land art and behind the figure of Robert Smithson, her partner since 1963.“

Robert Smithson, Ripostes, Toni Grand … Voici les 5 expos à voire en janvier [Robert Smithson, Ripostes, Toni Grand … Here are the 5 exhibitions to see in January]

Original French translated to English via Google Translate – please forgive any errors or omissions.

by Jean-Marie Durand

Les Inrockuptibles, January 15, 2024

“Reflecting on the conceptual and physical boundaries of knowledge, [Robert Smithson] raised essential questions about our place in the world, which this exhibition, designed by art historian Adrian Rifkin and the Holt/Smithson Foundation, illuminates by focusing on a few works on paper dating from the early 1960s. “

Off the Presses: News Works on Two Influential Artists

by Dan Aubrey

U.S.1 Princeton Info, January 17, 2024

“A deep and engaging study of the artistically daring New Jersey-born and raised Smithson, [Inside the Spiral] is an artful and handy guide to an artist whose art expanded an artistic tradition – based in European and Roman Catholic expression – into some literally ground breaking concepts, including the introduction of earthworks and ‘nonsites’.“

Biker à casquette de cuir, chambre d’hôtel et Petit Chaperon rouge [Biker in leather cap, hotel room and Little Red Riding Hood]

Original French translated to English via Google Translate – please forgive any errors or omissions.

by Patrick Javault

The Art Newspaper – Edition Française, January 19, 2024

“There appear collisions of images and periods such as [Smithson] produced in his writings or in Spiral Jetty, his cinema masterpiece: prehistory, science, science fiction, cinema, Luciferian visions. It's the other subterranean world, that of the experimental and the underground.”

The Passions of Robert Smithson

by Donald Kuspit

Whitehot Magazine, January 20, 2024

“Suzaan Boettger, an art historian, has written a scholarly tour de force about the Catholic artist

Robert Smithson (1938-1973), famous for his earth art, particularly the Spiral Jetty, 1970. “

Groundswell at the Nasher Sculpture Center gives the women of land art the retrospective they deserve

by August Davis

The Architect’s Newspaper, January 30, 2024

“Curated and developed over a seven-year period by Nasher assistant curator Dr. Leigh A. Arnold, Groundswell literally breaks new ground, presenting a survey of 12 American women artists who pioneered and expanded practices of land art.“

Installation view: Robert Smithson: Mundus Subterraneus — Early Works, Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris, 13 January – 24 February 2024
Photograph: Rebecca Fanuele
Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery
© Holt/Smithson Foundation / Licensed by Artists Rights Society, New York

Archived News

Chapter Six of Tuesday Texts

We are happy to announce that throughout January we will be publishing a sixth 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. This chapter of Tuesday Texts will focus on artworks by Robert Smithson.

Every Tuesday we will publish a text to our website that includes images selected by the author, a short bibliography, citation reference, and endnotes pointing to the author’s references.

2023 Research Fellowship Presentations

Please join us as our 2023 Holt/Smithson Foundation Research Fellows share their research projects, findings, and ideas in progress. Each Fellow will present an online webinar for 30 minutes with a question and answer session to follow. Webinars are free and open to all. Please register in advance through the links below.

You can find more about each fellow's project and past fellows on our Research Fellowship page.