Robert Smithson: Time Crystals is the first exhibition in Australia dedicated to the work of American artist Robert Smithson (1938–1973). Best known for his radical land art of the 1960s and early 1970s, Smithson is now widely recognised as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Inspired by ideas of crystalline geometry and non-biological time, he redefined abstraction and challenged art history, declaring that ‘Nature gives way to the incalculable cycles of nonduration.’

Featuring new research on the artist’s practice, Time Crystals presents sculpture, photography, film, drawings and texts borrowed from major Australian and international collections. It also includes the most extensive display of Smithson’s manuscript and archival material to date drawn from the Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt Papers at the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art.  

Catalogue published by Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) in association with Monash University Publishing, 2018
Curators: Dr Amelia Barikin (The University of Queensland) and Professor Chris McAuliffe (Australian National University)
Authors: Dr Amelia Barikin & Professor Chris McAuliffe; Professor Stephen Melville
Project coordinators (UQ Art Museum): Gordon Craig and Michele Helmrich
Coordinating curator (MUMA): Francis E. Parker
Catalogue design: Yanni Florence
Copyediting: Hilary Ericksen
Proofreading: Clare Williamson
Copyright: Gordon Craig & Kath Kerswell
Printed by: Adams Print 

106 pages, full colour
ISBN 978-1-925523-61-4
RRP $24.95, including GST
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Robert Smithson: Time Crystals is a partnership between The University of Queensland Art Museum and Monash University Museum of Art.

This exhibition is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art. 

The exhibition has been developed in cooperation with the Holt-Smithson Foundation. 

Robert Smithson: Time Crystals