Spiral Jetty by Robert Smithson: Great Art Explained

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Great art explained. James Payne discusses ’The Spiral Jetty’’.

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You could say Land art existed thousands of years even before oil painting, but it would take a group of American artists to bring it back to the public gaze in the 1960s and 70s. Artists like Michael Heizer, Robert Smithson, and Nancy Holt had emerged from sculpture, minimalism and conceptual art. Rather than painting the landscape, they started working outdoors and sculpting directly into the landscape itself. Instead of paint brushes, they would use bulldozers, and the earth would be, not only the site, but also the materials and the canvas.


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Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty, 1970.nancy holt/©holt Smithson foundation and Dia art foundation


Pink Great Salt Lakes, Skyborne productions –
Stonehenge by High on your Drone Boy –
Amarillo Ramp by Paramotor Theory –
Spiral Jetty by Hanson Aerial photography –
The Spiral Jetty of The Great Salt Lake: Cinematic Drone Footage by West World Drone –

Great Salt Lake Time Lapse – google earth –

Violin – Music –
Incidental –

Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings
Robert Smithson by Eugenie Tsai
The Spiral Jetty Encyclo: Exploring Robert Smithson’s Earthwork through Time and Place by Hikmet Sidney Loe

Chinese subtitles by Xue Charles
Thanks to Bart Vergouwe for Dutch Subtitles.
German Subtitles by Victoria Drabik

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