Art Dirt: The Utah Monolith & John McCracken

by Glasstire December 6, 2020
Utah Desert Monolith

Photo: Utah Department of Public Safety/EPA

Christina Rees and Brandon Zech talk about the recently discovered (and removed) monolith in Utah, and about the wonderful work of a minimalist sculptor.

“I’m not particularly for trampling on a pristine landscape to put a joke out in the middle of the desert, but then again… .” 

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Related Reading:
On the Monolith:
Medium: The Big Dumb Monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey
Artnet News: There Is an Alien Power Driving the Frenzy Over the Utah Monolith. It’s Just Not From Outer Space
The Verge: Even Utah’s mysterious monolith may be no match for Google Earth
Countere: We Planked on the Utah Monolith Before It Disappeared
BBC: Utah monolith: Internet sleuths got there, but its origins are still a mystery
We Found The Alien Monolith In The Utah Desert!
NY Times: A Weird Monolith Is Found in the Utah Desert
NY Times: Did John McCracken Make That Monolith in Utah?
NY Times: That Mysterious Monolith in the Utah Desert? It’s Gone, Officials Say
NY Times: How a Mysterious Monolith Vanished Overnight (It Wasn’t Aliens)
Sky News: Mysterious monolith found in Romania – days after a similar one vanished in Utah

NY Times: California Monolith Is Removed and Replaced With a Cross

On John McCracken:
Art in America: Between Two Worlds: John McCracken
Artnet News: John McCracken: Radical Minimalism Meets Traditional Craft
NY Times: ART IN REVIEW; John McCracken
Artforum: John McCracken at Zwirner & Wirth
NY Times: Art: John McCracken, 20 Years of Sculpture
Artforum: John McCracken
NY Times: ART IN REVIEW; John McCracken
Artforum: John McCracken at Douglas Gallery
Artforum: John McCracken at Castello Di Rivoli
NY Times: John McCracken, Sculptor of Geometric Forms, Dies at 76
The Washington Post: Artist John McCracken dies at 76

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