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Contains 27 essays and reviews defining the contours of late modernism in the visual arts. Ranging from brief reviews to extended essays, the writings establish a set of basic terms for understanding key issues in high modernism. An extended introductory essay by the author clarifies his views.
Develops a system for teaching students to create freely constructed images on the basis of harmonic relations between lines, colors, and dark and light patterns. Greatly influenced by Japanese art, the author expounds a theory of "flat" formal equilibrium as an essential component of telling pictorial creation.
A collection of essays around a central thesis with implications for the history of the avant-gardes. The author observes that Duchamp caused a shift in aesthetic judgement, replacing "this is beautiful" with "this is art" and offers a re-reading of Kant's "Critique of Judgement" revealing links.
Explores the construction of identities in the psychical space between perception and consciousness, drawing upon psychoanalytic theories to describe the constitution and maintenance of 'self' and 'us' - in imaginary spatial and temporal relations to 'other' and 'them' - through the all-important relay of images.
This volume includes previously unpublished essays by Robert Smithson and gathers articles, interviews and photographs as well as a catalogue of the books in Smithson's library. Together they provide a picture of his wide-ranging views on art and culture.