This groundbreaking show focuses on Robert Smithson (1938-1973), a pioneer of earthworks and native son of New Jersey. Featured together in an exhibition for the first time, Smithson’s sculptures, works on paper, photographs, and other conceptual art rooted in his time spent in the Garden State form a coherent body of work which sheds important light on his artistic practice. In Franklin, the Pine Barrens, Bayonne, and Edgewater, Smithson found elements for his Nonsites which were indoor earthworks for which various unorthodox materials at that time—limestone, concrete, and rocks—were brought out of their usual environment into a gallery and arranged in bin-like containers ordered from a metal fabrication shop. Photographic documentation as well as typed and handwritten descriptions accompany these works. This is the first exhibition in which all four of the New Jersey Nonsites are shown together. Organized by Phyllis Tuchman, Guest Curator and Gail Stavitsky, Chief Curator.
Image: Robert Smithson (1938-1973)
A Nonsite, Pine Barrens, New Jersey, 1968
Nonsite: painted aluminum, sand, and painted wood
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Gift of Virginia Dwan 2013.19.2.1
Art © Estate of Robert Smithson/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Robert Smithson’s New Jersey is made possible with generous support from the James Cohan Gallery, NewYork/Shanghai, Fifth Floor Foundation, Virginia Dwan, Agnes Gund, Tracy Higgins and James Leitner, Jacqueline and Herb Klein, Michael Straus, Margo and Frank Walter, and Joan and Don Zief.