Scope and Contents
The James Cohan Gallery records relating to Robert Smithson measure 5.0 linear feet and 21.8 Gigabytes, and date from circa 1960s-2018, bulk 1998-2014. The correspondence series is primarily with institutions or collectors and includes publication requests and prospective book projects. The loans and consignments series includes documents arranging terms for prospective sale or loan for exhibition with a variety of international private collections and institutions including galleries and museums. The exhibition files include documentation related to the organizing of exhibitions including those held at James Cohan Gallery, as well as large retrospective exhibitions that received the gallery's planning support. The artwork and project files include documentation of both recreated and historic works by Smithson, and features photographs and video documentation, certificates of authenticity, condition reports, and conservation records.
The inventories series includes a range of lists related to Smithson's Estate including storage inventories, Smithson's library inventory compiled shortly after his death, checklists, and lists of works for sale, among others. The writings series includes both copies of original writing by Smithson including work descriptions and certificates of authenticity, as well as articles and presentations by others, including Nancy Holt, and a symposium held at Whitney Museum of American Art in 2005. Also included are copies of notes by Lawrence Alloway on Smithson. The press files series contains both original clippings and copies of published articles on Smithson maintained since 1968, and presumably was transferred from John Weber Gallery and then maintained. The photographic material series includes copies of slides and photographs of both Smithson and his artworks and projects.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was donated in 2021 by James Cohan.
The Archives of American Art also holds the Robert Smithson and Nancy Holt papers and the Nancy Holt estate records.