Nature is never finished.
By: Robert Smithson
When a finished work of 20th century sculpture is placed in an 18th century garden, it is absorbed by the ideal representation of the past, thus reinforcing political and social values that are no longer with us.
Parks are idealizations of nature, but nature in fact is not a condition of the ideal.
The museums and parks are graveyards above the ground- congealed memories of the past that act as a pretext for reality.
Objects in a park suggest static repose rather than any ongoing dialectic. Parks are finished landscapes for finished art .
History is a facsimile of events held together by finally biographical information.
Arts development should be dialectical and not metaphysical.
Art history is less explosive than the rest of history, so it sinks faster into the pulverized regions of time.
Language should be an ever developing procedure and not an isolated occurrence.
Abstraction is everybodys zero but nobodys nought.
Language should find itself in the physical world, and not end up locked in an idea in somebodys head.
Museums are tombs, and it looks like everything is turning into a museum.
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