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Robert Smithson Quotes

The names of minerals and the minerals themselves do not differ from each other, because at the bottom of both the material and the print is the beginning of an abysmal number of fissures. Words and rocks contain a language that follows a syntax of splits and ruptures. Look at any word long enough and you will see it open up into a series of faults, into a terrain of particles each containing its own void.
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It's like the end of the day where you feel nothing has been achieved and you're in a hurry to get the day over with so you can start the next one. You tell yourself you're going to do lots of positive things. But the next day is just like the one before. Sometimes it goes on for weeks.

— Robert Smithson

Nature is never finished.

— Robert Smithson

Parks are idealizations of nature, but nature in fact is not a condition of the ideal.

— Robert Smithson

History is representational, while time is abstract; both of these artifices may be found in museums, where they span everybody's own vacancy.

— Robert Smithson

Instead of causing us to remember the past like the old monuments, the new monuments seem to cause us to forget the future.

— Robert Smithson

I am for an art that takes into account the direct effect of the elements as they exist from day to day apart from representation.

— Robert Smithson

Art's development should be dialectical and not metaphysical.

— Robert Smithson

History is a facsimile of events held together by finally biographical information.

— Robert Smithson

Museums are tombs, and it looks like everything is turning into a museum.

— Robert Smithson

Questions about form seem as hopelessly inadequate as questions about content.

— Robert Smithson

One day the photograph is going to become even more important than it is now ... But I am not particularly an advocate of the photograph.

— Robert Smithson

The slurbs, urban sprawl, and the infinite number, of housing developments of the postwar boom have contributed to the architecture of entropy.

— Robert Smithson

As long as cameras are around no artist will be free of bewilderment.

— Robert Smithson

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