Wednesday Writings

We are excited to share our latest digital program: Wednesday Writings.

Every Wednesday through July and August we will be publishing a text from Nancy Holt or Robert Smithson to the Holt/Smithson Foundation website.⁠⁠

Holt and Smithson's writings provide an unparalleled vantage into the concepts, processes, and thoughts that guided their artwork. Both artists wrote extensively and had their writings published in art publications such as ArtforumStudio International, Arts Magazine, and Avalanche. 

During Chapter One of our Wednesday Writings series, the Smithson writings we are publishing relate to the current exhibition Robert Smithson:Abstract Cartography at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.

The selection of Holt’s writings focus on works that current Research Fellows are studying, such as Hydra’s Head (1974) and Catch Basin (1982). These writings and others also relate to Holt’s System Works, one of which can be seen in the current exhibition Light and Language at Lismore Castle Arts.

Wednesday Writings Chapter One Schedule:

July 7, 2021
Robert Smithson, Aerial Art (1969)

July 14, 2021
Nancy Holt, Hydra’s Head (1974)

July 21, 2021
Robert Smithson, Towards the Development of an Air Terminal Site (1967)

July 28, 2021
Nancy Holt, Dark Star Park (1984)

August 4, 2021
Robert Smithson, A Sedimentation of the Mind: Earth Projects (1968)

August 11, 2021
Nancy Holt, Ventilation Series (1992)

August 18, 2021
Robert Smithson, Entropy and the New Monuments (1966)

August 25, 2021
Nancy Holt, Catch Basin (1982)

Archived News

2021 Research Fellows: Markus Karstieß and Eva Schmidt

We are pleased to announce the final fellowship awardees in our 2021 Holt/Smithson Foundation Research Fellowship season: Markus Karstieß and Eva Schmidt.

Markus Karstieß and Eva Schmidt will collaborate on a Research Fellowship focused on Robert Smithson’s 1968 work Asphalt Lump and his related work made in the Rhine-Ruhr region of Germany. 

Previously Unpublished Smithson Interview Now Available

We are pleased to share the audio recording and transcript of a previously unpublished Robert Smithson interview from 1969, conducted in Smithson’s NYC loft by Danish artist Stig Broegger and journalist and author Erik Thygesen.

During an extensive research trip to the U.S., Broegger and Thygesen sought out Robert Smithson in New York for a conversation on Environmental Art and the role of art and artists in society. The two recalled the amount of glass, mirrors, and piles of rocks in the loft Smithson shared with Nancy Holt in Greenwich Village.