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Robert Smithson: Time Crystals

21 July – 22 September 2018

Dr Amelia Barikin, Lecturer, Art History, School of Communication and Arts, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, and Professor Chris McAuliffe, Professor (Practice-led Research), School of Art & Design, Australian National University, Canberra

University of Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
10 March – 8 July 2018

Robert Smithson: Time Crystals is the first exhibition in Australia dedicated to the work of American artist Robert Smithson (1938-73). Best known for his radical land art of the 1960s and early 1970s, Smithson is now widely recognised as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Inspired by ideas of crystalline geometry and non-biological time, he redefined abstraction and challenged art history, declaring that ‘Nature gives way to the incalculable cycles of non duration.’

Featuring new research on the artist’s practice, Time Crystals presents sculpture, photography, film, drawings and texts borrowed from major Australian and international collections. It also includes the most extensive display of Smithson’s manuscript and archival material to date drawn from the Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt Papers at the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art.

Image: Robert Smithson, Yucatan mirror displacements (1–9) 1969 (detail), nine chromogenic prints from 35 mm slides, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Photo: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation / Art Resource, NY © Holt-Smithson Foundation. VAGA/Copyright Agency, 2018

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Robert Smithson: Time Crystals is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.
This exhibition has been developed in cooperation with the Holt/Smithson Foundation.
Robert Smithson: Time Crystals is a partnership between The University of Queensland Art Museum and Monash University Museum of Art.