Art of the Year - 1970

Monday, April 30, 2018
Art of the Year - 1970

The 1970’s art world showed the continued influence of movements from the 1960’s such as Minimalism, Post-Minimalism and Performance Art. Spiral Jetty, Robert Smithson, Sculpture, 1970.

The 1970’s art world showed the continued influence of movements from the 1960’s such as Minimalism, Post-Minimalism and Performance Art. The mid-70’s brought the return of painting as a serious medium for avant-garde artists. Feminist Art, Land Art and Photorealism also became increasingly prevalent during this era, largely due to evolutions in the broader social and political climates. 

Spiral Jetty, Robert Smithson, Sculpture, 1970.

Widely considered to be the central work of American sculptor Robert Smithson, the earthwork sculpture Spiral Jetty was constructed in April 1970.  Smithson documented the construction of the sculpture in the 32-minute color film also titled Spiral Jetty.  The sculpture itself forms a 1,500-foot-long (460 m), 15-foot-wide (4.6 m) counterclockwise coil comprised entirely of mud, salt crystals and basalt rocks on the northeastern shore of the Great Salt Lake near Rozel Point in Utah.  In 1999, the artwork was donated to Dia Art Foundation.

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Museo Jumex (a private art collection based in Mexico City, Mexico) / David Chipperfield. Image © Simon Menges

Museo Jumex (a private art collection based in Mexico City, Mexico) / David Chipperfield. Image © Simon Menges

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