Nancy Holt

American, 1930–2014

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Nancy Holt

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American, 1930–2014

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The creator of some of the most significant Earthworks of the Land Art movement, Nancy Holt’s exterior installations and public sculpture exist in dialogue with the elements and perceptions of time and space. Her Sun Tunnels (1973–6) consists of huge concrete tunnels built on 40 acres in Utah whose positions are aligned with the sunrises and sunsets of the solstices in order to channel the intensity of desert light. Hydra’s Head (1974) is an arrangement of concrete cylinders on a riverbank that correspond to the constellation above. She documented these large-scale poetic forms, which take art out of the museum and into the natural landscape, in film and photography. Married to Robert Smithson, she petitioned against drilling near the site of his Spiral Jetty (a giant spiral of black basalt rock) in 2008.

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Biography

The creator of some of the most significant Earthworks of the Land Art movement, Nancy Holt’s exterior installations and public sculpture exist in dialogue with the elements and perceptions of time and space. Her Sun Tunnels (1973–6) consists of huge concrete tunnels built on 40 acres in Utah whose positions are aligned with the sunrises and sunsets of the solstices in order to channel the intensity of desert light. Hydra’s Head (1974) is an arrangement of concrete cylinders on a riverbank that correspond to the constellation above. She documented these large-scale poetic forms, which take art out of the museum and into the natural landscape, in film and photography. Married to Robert Smithson, she petitioned against drilling near the site of his Spiral Jetty (a giant spiral of black basalt rock) in 2008.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Dia:Chelsea, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Nancy Holt
How Flashy, Trashy Las Vegas Has Played Muse to Artists
Dec 27th, 2018
How Flashy, Trashy Las Vegas Has Played Muse to Artists
The Story behind “Sun Tunnels,” Nancy Holt’s Land Art Masterpiece
Oct 1st, 2018
The Story behind “Sun Tunnels,” Nancy Holt’s Land Art Masterpiece
10 Female Land Artists You Should Know
Jul 18th, 2017
10 Female Land Artists You Should Know
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