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Robert Smithson

[American Environmental Artist, 1938-1973]

• Relationships: Husband of Nancy Holt.
Member of the American Abstract Artists group.
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Original works by Robert Smithson available for purchase at art galleries worldwide
Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide:
Notable SiteArt Institute of Chicago   NEW!

Notable SiteDallas Museum of Art, Texas   NEW!
(There is a "Download" link for zooming in on some works, but confusingly this may take a while to become active)

Notable SiteDia Center for the Arts, New York City
Spiral Jetty, 1970 installation at Great Salt Lake, Utah

Notable SiteFine Arts Museums of San Francisco   NEW!

Notable SiteGuggenheim Museum, New York City
2 works online

Notable SiteGuggenheim Museum, New York City

Notable SiteMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York City   NEW!

Notable SiteMuseum of Modern Art, New York City
Includes biographical information about the artist

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.   NEW!
Includes a biography of the artist

Notable SiteNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Rocks and mirror square II

Notable SiteSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Notable SiteSmithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.   NEW!

Notable SiteWhitney Museum of American Art, New York City

Allen Art Museum at Oberlin College, Ohio
Slant Piece

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma
Asphalt on Eroded Cliff

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts
Harvard have works in their collections, but unfortunately you have to type in the search yourself

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.   NEW!

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Los Angeles County Museum of Art   NEW!

Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin
Non-Site: Line of Wreckage (Bayonne, New Jersey)

MUMOK - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna
(You need to click the "right" arrow three times)

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
A Nonsite (Franklin, New Jersey)

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Philadelphia Museum of Art   NEW!

Reina Sofía National Museum, Madrid (in Spanish)  

Serralves Foundation Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal
Click on "S" and page forward for "Smithson"

The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago
Information about a 1976 exhibition

University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City

Walker Art Center, Minnesota

National Art Databases and Museum Inventories:

Smithsonian American Art Museum National Art Inventories
List of works nationwide from two sources: the Inventory of American Paintings Executed before 1914 and the Inventory of American Sculpture (only a few percent of listings have an accompanying image)

Art Market:
(e.g. records of past sales at auction; sites providing examples of the artist's signature)
Christie's Past Sale Archive
(database goes as far back as 1991; images go about as far back as 1999)

Sotheby's Sold Lot Archive
(database goes as far back as 1998; images where permitted by copyright go about as far back as 2001)

Pictures from Image Archives:
Notable SiteWikimedia Commons Image Database  

California State University WorldImages Database

PBase Photo Sharing
(Tip: Set the image size to "original" to see photos at their highest resolution)
Various photos of Spiral Jetty, including a satellite photograph(!)

USC Annenberg School for Communication

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Miscellaneous Sites:
Notable SiteOfficial web site for the estate of Robert Smithson

Articles and Reference Sites:
Notable SiteUnion List of Artist Names (Getty Museum)  
Reference sheet with basic information about the artist and pointers to other references.

Notable SiteWikipedia, the "Open Content" Encyclopedia
Biographical info

Frieze Magazine
"Now You See It -- Visiting Robert Smithson's re-emerging Spiral Jetty"

Frieze Magazine
"Robert Smithson's adventures in time travel on the road to Rozel Point"

Frieze Magazine
"This Land is Your Land -- Spiral Jetty is overrun with day-trippers"

Frieze Magazine
Review (from issue 36): Robert Smithson

Frieze Magazine
"Extra Terrestrial"

Robert Smithson at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Washington D.C.
1972 interview from the Oral History project

The New Yorker
"Robert Smithson retrospective at the Whitney", 2005 review by Peter Schjeldahl

The Village Voice
"Thunderstruck", 2006 article by Jerry Saltz

"Look Inside" and "Search Inside" Books at Amazon
Look Inside Books:Selections from the books listed below are scanned in, in high res. Text is clearly readable and art reproductions vary from so-so to excellent. Don't miss the fact that you can usually zoom in via the "View" drop-down menu, along the top row of Amazon's Online Reader.            
Search Inside Books:Same as "Look Inside", except that the entire book is scanned in, and the text is fully searchable. This is an unbelievable resource, for research and especially for previewing a book when making the decision to buy.
Note: Some "Search Inside" features are limited to people signed in to an account which has previously made a purchase at Amazon.
search inside

Earthwards: Robert Smithson and Art After Babel

look inside

Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings


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