The Work is the Place

Robert Smithson mirror fan

Robert Smithson, Mirror fan, 1969

The work is the place, a here and now, and that place is therefore not fixable on any permanent map and merely relative to other places. For the avant-garde, and for its critical and art historical heirs, it is relative to the ongoing life around it. For some, relative to other art. Which of these two positions contains the other is an open question.

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