Robert Smithson

1938 - 1973

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Robert Smithson (January 2, 1938 – July 20, 1973) was an American artist known for sculpture and land art who often used drawing and photography in relation to the spatial arts. His work has been internationally exhibited in galleries and museums and is held in public collections. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Smithson has received more than 527,136 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Robert Smithson is the 57th most popular sculptor (up from 62nd in 2019), the 1,791st most popular biography from United States (up from 2,172nd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular American Sculptor.

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Among sculptors, Robert Smithson ranks 57 out of 258Before him are Vera Mukhina, Étienne Maurice Falconet, Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, Andreas Schlüter, Adriaen de Vries, and Ageladas. After him are Lars Vilks, Isamu Noguchi, Wäinö Aaltonen, Antenor, Andrea Sansovino, and Paeonius.

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Among people born in 1938, Robert Smithson ranks 101Before him are Frank Langella, Eddie Cochran, Georg Baselitz, Fela Kuti, Josef Koudelka, and Infante Carlos, Duke of Calabria. After him are Larry Scott, Cabu, Karin Dor, Tom Regan, Seishiro Shimatani, and Milan Galić. Among people deceased in 1973, Robert Smithson ranks 66Before him are Milunka Savić, Robert Siodmak, Károly Kerényi, Edward Steichen, E. E. Evans-Pritchard, and Sessue Hayakawa. After him are Soong Ai-ling, Katina Paxinou, Alan Watts, José Villalonga, Yaakov Dori, and Robert Ryan.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Robert Smithson ranks 1,791 out of 20,380Before him are William Walker (1824), Mary McDonnell (1952), Frank Oppenheimer (1912), Gregg Popovich (1949), James Oliver Curwood (1878), and Chadwick Boseman (1977). After him are Clara Bow (1905), Ken Mattingly (1936), Larry Scott (1938), Elizabeth Montgomery (1933), Temple Grandin (1947), and Eugene Fama (1939).

Among SCULPTORS In United States

Among sculptors born in United States, Robert Smithson ranks 2Before him are Alexander Calder (1898). After him are Isamu Noguchi (1904), Robert Morris (1931), Dan Flavin (1933), Anna Coleman Ladd (1878), Walter De Maria (1935), Jacob Epstein (1880), Dennis Oppenheim (1938), Audrey Munson (1891), Edmonia Lewis (1844), and Duane Hanson (1925).