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All Quotes by author - Robert Smithson
" Abstraction is everybody's zero but nobody's nought. "
" An emotion is suggested and demolished in one glance by certain words. "
" Art history is less explosive than the rest of history, so it sinks faster into the pulverized regions of time. "
" Artists are expected to fit into fraudulent categories. "
" Artists themselves are not confined, but their output is. "
" Art's development should be dialectical and not metaphysical. "
" A vacant white room with lights is still a submission to the neutral. Works of art seen in such spaces seem to be going through a kind of esthetic convalescence. "
" A work of art when placed in a gallery loses its charge, and becomes a portable object or surface disengaged from the outside world. "
" Banal words function as a feeble phenomena that fall into their own mental bogs of meaning. "
" Cultural confinement takes place when a curator imposes his own limits on an art exhibition, rather than asking an artist to set his limits. "
" From the top of the quarry cliffs, one could see the New Jersey suburbs bordered by the New York City skyline. "
" History is a facsimile of events held together by finally biographical information. "
" History is representational, while time is abstract; both of these artifices may be found in museums, where they span everybody's own vacancy. "
" 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. "
" Instead of causing us to remember the past like the old monuments, the new monuments seem to cause us to forget the future. "
" Language operates between literal and metaphorical signification. "
" Language should be an ever developing procedure and not an isolated occurrence. "
" Language should find itself in the physical world, and not end up locked in an idea in somebody's head. "
" Language thus becomes monumental because of the mutations of advertising. "
" Mistakes and dead-ends often mean more to these artists than any proven problem. "
" Museums are tombs, and it looks like everything is turning into a museum. "
" Nature does not proceed in a straight line, it is rather a sprawling development. "
" Nature is never finished. "
" Objects in a park suggest static repose rather than any ongoing dialectic. Parks are finished landscapes for finished art . "
" Painting, sculpture and architecture are finished, but the art habit continues. "
" Parks are idealizations of nature, but nature in fact is not a condition of the ideal. "
" Questions about form seem as hopelessly inadequate as questions about content. "
" Some artists imagine they've got a hold on this apparatus, which in fact has got a hold of them. As a result, they end up supporting a cultural prison that is out of their control. "
" The museums and parks are graveyards above the ground- congealed memories of the past that act as a pretext for reality. "
" The museum spreads its surfaces everywhere, and becomes an untitled collection of generalizations that mobilize the eye. "
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