Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt. Art as a Relationship between Nature and Culture from the Viewpoint of Geography

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G.L. Corinto

Abstract

Northern American artists Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt have significantly contributed to the exploration of the relationship between nature and culture through their artistic endeavors. Their works serve as profound reflections on the intersection of human intervention with natural landscapes, challenging conventional perceptions of environment and art. Smithson, with his pioneering concept of Nonsite, introduced a metaphorical representation of real sites within gallery spaces, blurring the boundaries between physical and conceptual landscapes. Holt, on the other hand, utilized photography and Seeing Devices to highlight the interconnectedness of place and visual perception, inviting viewers to engage with the environment in new and contemplative ways.


Through their collaborations and individual practices, Smithson and Holt have pushed the boundaries of artistic expression, using their works as vehicles for exploring complex ecological, geographical, and cultural themes. Their art serves as a catalyst for deeper contemplation of humanity’s relationship with the natural world, challenging viewers to reconsider their perceptions of landscape, space, and the environment. In this way, Smithson and Holt demonstrate how art can serve as a dynamic bridge between nature and culture, offering insights into the intricate connections that define our existence within the broader ecosystem.

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Corinto, G. (2024). Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt. Art as a Relationship between Nature and Culture from the Viewpoint of Geography. International Journal of Anthropology, 39(1/2), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.14673/IJA2024121114
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G.L. Corinto, University of Macerata

Department of Education, Cultural Heritage and Tourism, University of Macerata, 
Piazzale L. Bertelli 1,
62100, Macerata,
Italy.
Email: gianluigi.corinto@unimc.it