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August 23, 2005

Robert Smithson and a Changing New York

Spiral_jetty_bigMost well-known for Spiral Jetty [1970], a swirling landmass circling into Utah's Great Salt Lake, artist Robert Smithson [1938-1973] had plans for many more Earthworks that never saw completion after his death in plane crash. Now though, a collaboration between the Whitney Museum of American Art (hosting a retrospective of Smithson's photographs, drawings, sculptures, films, earthworks and paintings; June 23-October 23) and the New York based art group Minetta Brook brings to the New York archipeligo a Smithson conceived nomadic landmass. The piece will be an artificial island, actually a barge planted with trees and plants to be towed around Manhattan from September 17 to 23.

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