Nancy Holt

Born 1938 - Worcester, Massachusetts

Died 2014

Nancy Holt studied at Tufts University in Massachusetts. In the mid-60s, Holt helped introduce a post-minimalist sensibility to the field of sculpture. She used video for the first time in 1969 "when Peter Campus rented a video camera and came over." 

"There was a tremendous sense of discovery because it was so accessible and so Bob [Smithson] and I immediately did a work of art. We invited a large group of people over to our loft that night, including Richard Serra, Michael Heizer, Nancy Graves, and Keith Sonnier to see it. It was very unusual [to] discover a medium, make a work of art and show it in the same day. That broke the ice and gave me a sense of what it was about—what were film ideas and what were video ideas." 

Holt's early tapes, like her site-specific sculptures, explore the recorded experience of a particular time and place and the function of memory in perception. Holt's tapes twist the technical limits of video, calling attention to the medium's artificial nature, and maintaining a critical distance between public presentation and private reality.

 

Available Titles by Nancy Holt

Titlesort icon Year Collection Action
Art in the Public Eye: The Making of Dark Star Park 1988 On Art and Artists, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
East Coast, West Coast 1969 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Going Around in Circles 1973 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Points of View: Clocktower 1974 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Revolve 1977 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Underscan 1974 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Zeroing In 1973 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Nancy Holt

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