Lisa Le Feuvre
An in-depth exploration of the pathbreaking works of one of the founding practitioners of Land Art, Nancy Holt, to accompany an exhibition at Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden.
A publication coinciding with an exhibition in June 2022, Nancy Holt: Inside/Outside presents the artist’s key experiments across more than fifty artworks, some never before exhibited and many not seen in public for decades. Spanning concrete poetry, drawings, earthworks (represented by drawings and photographs), photography, film, architectural installations, sculpture, and audio-works, Nancy Holt: Inside/Outside details the unique and important contributions Holt made to artistic practice in categories long dominated by the reputations of high-profile male artists.
An artist whose installations, like many of her Land Art peers, were ambitiously outgrowing the “white cube” gallery scene both in concept and scale, Holt eventually situated her works onto a variety of outdoor field settings. Independently and as a collaborator to her husband, the artist Robert Smithson, she explored the boundaries of perception in both formal interior and natural settings. Rigorous documentation of Holt’s work, including research models and drawings for her most famous Land Art work, Sun Tunnels (1976), as well as contributions by key scholars, bring Holt’s work into fuller context. The first publication by the Holt/Smithson Foundation, formed in 2018 to preserve and extend the work of these key artists, Nancy Holt: Inside/Outside will serve as a major contribution to the critical ongoing research into women artists and the American Land Art movement.