Depending on whom you ask, Nancy Holt is either one of the world's most celebrated artists, or one of the most misrepresented. A case in point for the latter: this exhibition, Photoworks at Haunch of Venison, is her first solo show in the UK. An argument for the latter: that fact is - frankly - unbelievable.
The reason for both points: Nancy Holt was married to Robert Smithson, and the legend of the great artist-environmentalist hangs heavy over the large-scale works that utilise the earth itself. Holt herself was part of the Land Art movement at its seminal peak. Her works are comprised of an extensive body of media: audiotapes, videotapes, photography, site-specific installation, artist's books, in addition to the significant land sculpture commissions.
Her most famous work, the Sun Tunnels, are four large concrete tunnels, 18ft long and 9ft in diameter, sculpted into the Utah desert. They act as devices for viewing the truly astonishing landscape. This exhibition includes over a hundred photographs from 1967 onwards. The scale is different, and the view is remarkably different. In this show we can see, through a lens - a common point of view, how Holt herself observes the world around her.
Nancy Holt: Photoworks is at Haunch of Venison until 25 August.