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Detail, Surd Deposit

A work made of graphite on ivory wove paper.
Art © Estate of Robert Smithson / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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  • A work made of graphite on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1970

Artist:

Robert Smithson
American, 1938-1973

About this artwork

Robert Smithson was interested in the natural environment as an alternative site to the interior, decontextualized space of commercial galleries and museums. He produced this earthwork study as a document of one moment in the continual process of environmental flux. The drawing depicts a detail view of a wall-like cinder-block structure collapsing under the force of a concrete flow as it runs over a precipice. The appearance of the disintegrating edifice imbues the event with a catastrophic quality, conveying Smithson’s perception of entropy as a primeval or elementary component of the natural landscape.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Robert Smithson

Title

Detail, Surd Deposit

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1970–1973

Medium

Graphite on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

609 × 484 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Virginia Dwan

Reference Number

1988.510

Copyright

Art © Estate of Robert Smithson / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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