Robert Smithson. Torn Photograph from the 2nd Stop (Rubble) (2nd Mountain of Six Stops on a Section) from Artists & Photographs. 1970. Offset lithograph, torn into four pieces from a portfolio of nineteen printed objects (including box cover), ea. approx. sheet 10 7/8 × 11″ (27.6 × 28 cm). Gift of Kynaston McShine

This exhibition considers a group of artist’s books, published from the late 1960s to the present, that reveal a fascination with elemental, unexplored, and overlooked spaces. Drawn from the Library of The Museum of Modern Art, the works on view span two generations of art and thought concerned with natural phenomena, bringing the viewer face to face with a natural world still beyond human control. Featured artists include Doug Aitken, Vija Celmins, Tacita Dean, Hamish Fulton, Roni Horn, Richard Long, Bruce Nauman, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, and Tadanori Yokoo, among others.

Organized by May Castleberry, Editor, Library Council.

This exhibition is supported by the Library Council and the Trustee Committee on Museum Archives, Library and Research.

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