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Allan Kaprow, Robert Smithson, and the Limits to Art

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Publisher Comments:

"Dr. Ursprungs exquisite research yields valuable knowledge concerning two of art historys most underserved artists, Allan Kaprow and Robert Smithson, to propose that the assumed contiguity of traditional art history has marginalized both Kaprows Happenings and Smithsons oeuvre. Moreover, the author reveals the importance of photography and writing in both of the artists works, and how their expansion of the artwork as textual and discursive has been thus far ignored by traditional art historian definitions."

Mark Cameron Boyd, Professor of Art Theory, Corcoran College of Art + Design

"Although few post-1945 American artists more nimbly pushed the limits of art than Allan Kaprow and Robert Smithson, their multivalent practices in which writing figured prominently seldom have been considered in relation to each other. In this scrupulously researched, methodologically heterodox, and highly readable book, Philip Ursprung snaps off the handcuffs “happenings” and “earthworks” and allows his subjects to walk free so as to juxtapose their achievements and present the most nuanced and illuminating account of them we have to date. The result is a landmark study of the reconfiguration of the environment of art and a fearless contribution to understanding the present, not least of all the role of institutions and historians in monopolizing cultural meanings."

Edward Dimendberg, author of Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture after Images

 

Synopsis:

This innovative study of two of the most important artists of the twentieth century links the art practices of Allan Kaprow and Robert Smithson in their attempts to test the limits of art--both what it is and where it is. Ursprung provides a sophisticated yet accessible analysis, placing the two artists firmly in the art world of the 1960s as well as in the art historical discourse of the following decades. Although their practices were quite different, they both extended the studio and gallery into desert landscapes, abandoned warehouses, industrial sites, train stations, and other spaces. Ursprung bolsters his argument with substantial archival research and sociological and economic models of expansion and limits.

About the Author

Philip Ursprung is Swiss National Science Foundation Professor for Art History at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Visiting Curator at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and an elected member of the Swiss Federal Commission for the Arts.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction

Limits to Growth: The Sixties and Early Seventies

The Continental European Perspective

Allan Kaprow and the Limits to Painting

“Oedipal—just for fun”: Allan Kaprow and Art History

Environments

“The Legacy of Jackson Pollock”

The Hansa Gallery

Art and the Division of Labor: 18 Happenings in 6 Parts

My 18 Happenings in 6 Parts

The Happeners Bodies

A Service for the Dead

Calling

The Triumph of Pop Art

The Nonentry of Happenings into the Art Museum

“Happenings in the New York Scene”

Claes Oldenburg versus Allan Kaprow

Naturalism and Modernism

Performing Architecture

Site Specificity

Fluids

The Limits to Sculpture: Robert Smithson and Earth Art

The Excursions: Critiquing Minimalism

“The Crystal Land”

“The Monuments of Passaic”

“Incidents of Mirror-Travel in the Yucatan”

Hotel Palenque

The Triumph of Minimal Art

The Sculpture Boom and the Case of Michael Fried

Robert Smithson and Marcel Duchamp

Dan Graham and the Legacy of Robert Smithson

Site and Nonsite

Robert Smithson as the Artistic Advisor to the Dallas–Fort Worth Airport

A Nonsite (An Indoor Earthwork)

Limits

Earthworks

Entropy

Partially Buried Woodshed

Spiral Jetty

Political Landscape

Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer

The Military Sublime: Earth Art and the War in Vietnam

“Cultural Confinement”

Broken Circle/Spiral Hill and the Land Reclamation Projects

The Limits to Art History

Texts, Ephemeral Media, and Technical Reproductions in Art Scholarship

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Art Credits

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520245419
Author:
Ursprung, Philip
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Elliott, Fiona
Subject:
American
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
37 b/w photographs
Pages:
342
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

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This innovative study of two of the most important artists of the twentieth century links the art practices of Allan Kaprow and Robert Smithson in their attempts to test the limits of art--both what it is and where it is. Ursprung provides a sophisticated yet accessible analysis, placing the two artists firmly in the art world of the 1960s as well as in the art historical discourse of the following decades. Although their practices were quite different, they both extended the studio and gallery into desert landscapes, abandoned warehouses, industrial sites, train stations, and other spaces. Ursprung bolsters his argument with substantial archival research and sociological and economic models of expansion and limits.
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