Ithaca/London: Cornell University Press, 1981. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's pictorially illustrated stiff paper wraps.
Critical introduction to sculptural work 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. Published as a special edition for a 1980 retrospective at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, includes extended essays by Robert Hobbs, Lucy L. Lippard, Lawrence Alloway and John Coplans. With chronology and comprehensive annotated bibliography of writings by and about the artist. Illustrated with color plates and more than 225 black-and-white illustrations. Fine. Item #1501