New York: New York University Press, 1979. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps, spine lettered in black.
Posthumously published collection of articles, interviews and unpublished writings by land art pioneer Smithson, best known for "Spiral Jetty," his 1970 earthwork sculpture in Great Salt Lake, Utah: "Size determines an object, but scale determines art. A crack in the wall if viewed in terms of scale, not size, could be called the Grand Canyon. A room could be made to take on the immensity of the solar system. Scale depends on one's capacity to be conscious of the actualities of perception." Smithson, who died in a plane crash at 35, was an accomplished art critic and theorist, contributing frequently to Artforum and other magazines, as well as exhibition catalogs and press releases. Illustrated with over 200 black-and-white reproductions and photos (including many by Smithson, his wife, artist and filmmaker Nancy Holt, who edits this volume, and by photographer Gianfranco Gorgoni); and with an introduction by Artforum editor Leider. Issued simultaneously in a clothbound edition. Light edgewear, ownership signature to front inside wrap. Fine. Item #1395