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Spiral Jetty From Rozel Point (Robert Smithson) Enlarge

Spiral Jetty
(Robert Smithson, 2005, Creative Commons)

Land Art

Land Art arose in the late 60's in New York. The movement wished to create works from a natural environment, or at least outside, and with materials just as natural, like earth, wood, stones, etc.

Made in places often difficult to access, Land Art works have imposing dimensions and are subjected to the elements, which confer on them a more or less ephemeral character. This temporary aspect can, however, be reckoned in years. The works are slowly transformed, since they are subjected to nature and therefore erosion. Photographs, texts and film remain, in several cases, the only means to retaining any trace of it.

The artists at the origin of the creation of the Land Art wished to break with the ideology of art reigning at the time, and museum exhibits. They were no longer content with just reproducing nature, but used it as a tool on all levels. In particular, they refused to sell their works of art commercially to the general public, preferring instead collectors, art dealers, etc. Ironically, the works of Land Art nevertheless end up in museums or galleries through the photographic documents which testify to their existence.

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