Robert Smithson and Lawrence Weiner at ADAA The Art Show New York

Marian Goodman Gallery are currently exhibiting works by Robert Smithson and Lawrence Weiner in the ADAA Art Show New York at the Park Avenue Armory.

Lawrence Weiner (b. 1942) and Robert Smithson (b. 1938-d.1973) are two artists who consistently have rethought the limits of art, asking questions that are profoundly urgent for our times. At The Art Show, Marian Goodman is proud to present a unique pairing of these two artists who have built the ground from which contemporary art has grown.

From his landmark earthworks to his quasi-minimalist sculptures, Nonsites, writings, proposals, collages, detailed drawings and engagement with entropy, Smithson explored the conceptual and physical boundaries of landscape. Since the 1960s Weiner has used language as a sculptural medium, underlining the fundamental importance of encounter, time, and space in art and demonstrating its power to reframe perception and reveal power structures. Formed from language, his structures consisting of text, and sometimes accompanied by gestures and punctuation marks, have been exhibited around the world and interpreted into numerous languages.

Both artists share an interest in the imponderables of time, space, and language. In addition to celebrating the mutual respect these two pioneer artists had for one another, this special presentation focuses on their common interest in the sea.

For Smithson, islands were speculative sites showing the constantly changing surface of our planet and the limits of human knowledge. Smithson’s imagined islands sit alongside a work suggested by Weiner: TAR + HIGH WATER (+) (-) TAR + LOW WATER, 1994 (presented here in English and Flemish) and points to Smithson’s only extant earthwork in Europe, located in the Netherlands, Broken Circle/Spiral Hill (1971), which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. In addition, Smithson was fascinated by the reclaimed nature of the Dutch landscape—as shown in his island meanders drawings, and Weiner, who has kept a houseboat in Amsterdam for decades and exhibited widely in the Netherlands, was drawn to the “productive point of unrest” he saw as typifying that city.

Find Smithson and Weiner's work at Marian Goodman Gallery's booth B1 through November 7, 2021.

Robert Smithson, Forking Island (1971)

Paint and marker on mirror

12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

© Holt/Smithson Foundation, licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Archived News

"Nancy Holt / Inside Outside" at Bildmuseet

We are very pleased to announce the exhibition Nancy Holt / Inside Outside launches this June, produced by Bildmuseet, one of Sweden’s foremost contemporary art venues. The exhibition explores the artist’s rich artistic legacy through a selection of works spanning 1967 to 1992. This is the most ambitious exhibition of her work to date. Perceptions and demarcations of being "inside" and "outside" guide this survey exhibition.

Robert Smithson works in "The Power of Wonder" at Museum unter Tage in Bochum, Germany

Works by Robert Smithson will be included in the group exhibition The Power of Wonder: New Materialisms in Contemporary Art at Museum unter Tage in Bochum, Germany. 

Two artworks that Robert Smithson originally made during his time in Germany in 1969 will be on view in the exhibition: Mirror Displacement: Indoors (1969) and Essen Earth  and Mirrors (for Bernd and Hilla Becher) (1969).

"Second Site" by James Nisbet

Author and art historian James Nisbet has recently written a new book titled Second Site, which explores "how environmental change and the passage of time transform the meaning of site-specific art." Second Site examines the effect of changing conditions on a number of site-specific artworks, including both Nancy Holt's Sun Tunnels (1973-76) and Robert Smithson's 

Discussions On "Sound As Sculpture"

A significant selection of audio works by Nancy Holt are currently on view in the group exhibition Sound as Sculpture at The Warehouse Dallas

The Warehouse is hosting a series of discussions on the exhibition Sound As Sculpture, including one upcoming discussion on Nancy Holt's sound works with Lisa Le Feuvre and James Nisbet this Friday, March 18.

Tuesday Texts: Chapter Three

We are delighted to announce that throughout February we will be publishing a third 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.

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.