Sunday, March 29, 2015

Tony Tasset's "Robert Smithson (Las Vegas)"

Tony Tasset, Robert Smithson (Las Vegas), 1995

Nikki Stacey brought me this postcard from her recent trip to Chicago. Long familiar with Tasset's artwork, I was not aware of this particular piece. The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago launched an exhibition entitled The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology in 2013 and it featured Tasset's photograph (which is incidentally 83" tall). It reminded me of my favorite earthworks focusing on the performance (and consequently the shovel):

Keith Arnatt, Self-Burial, 1969

Jacinda Russell

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