Title :

Robert Smithson's suppressed 'pre-conscious' works : intentionality and art historial (re)construction

Author :
JONES, Caroline A. ;
Conference :
International Congress of the History of Art (29th, 1996, Amsterdam); Memory & oblivion : proceedings of the XXIXth International Congress of the History of Art held in Amsterdam, 1-7 September 1996; Dordrecht; Kluwer Academic Publishers ;
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Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Best known for earthworks such as Spiral Jetty (Ogden, Utah) and Broken Circle/Spiral Hill (Emmen, Netherlands), Smithson had a past that began well before his 1965 minimalist sculptures. Dominated by collages on paper, the works Smithson dubbed 'pre-conscious' give scholars a new and more complex vision of this artist's significance. Far from some of the gentle interpretations of his earthworks as primitivist homages to a venerated earth, or of his vision in general as a paean to technological sublimity, the earlier suppressed work shows the destabilizing flows of libido that lay at the core of his production. The theoretical issues raised by such a situation sharpen concerns within art history in general. Denying old-fashioned considerations of artistic 'intention,' art historians must nonetheless confront the paradox of work banished from the author-function by the author himself, but not destroyed. The paper addresses such awkward moments, when 'the author' most privileged by art-historical discourse (the artist) draws a boundary limiting the possibility of identity itself around his works. ;
Pagination/Size :
5 ill. ;
Topic :
French keywords :
Collage ; Earth work ; Etats-Unis ; Histoire de l'art ; Intention artistique ; Smithson, Robert I., 1938-1973 ; 1900-2000 ; 1960-1965 ;
Descriptors :
Art history ; Artistic intention ; Collage ; Earthworks (environmental art) ; Smithson, Robert I., 1938-1973 ; United States ; 1900-2000 ; 1960-1965 ;
Document type :
Communication de congrès ;
INIST identifier :
24975669 ;
ISBN 0792342135 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
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