“Let Asphalt Flow! » Robert Smithson in Rome: from modernism to porosity

i Viva Villa ! Festival

24th october 2019


Riccardo Venturi, art historian – Villa Medici / Conference on his work on Robert Smithson’s Asphalt Rundown

In Cava di Selce, near Rome, Robert Smithson (1938-1973) produced Asphalt Rundown, his first pouring, a sculpture-happening
which inaugurates a new season in its production as well as in the history of sculpture. Is this a radical development
Prigioni by Michelangelo, where Mannerist art becomes a powerful antidote to Clement Greenberg? “Entropy made visible”
(Nancy Holt); “Sedimentation of the mind” (Smithson); “Some corners of hell” (Carl Andre)? Or a passage, as I would suggest, from modernism to porosity?


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