But really his writing wasn’t radical; it was campy. It was high camp and I found it hysterically funny. It was a different style from other art writing. It had a different subcontent. The style was a kind of florid Victorianism. It was very engaging, you know, very engaging.
But I found Smithson basically unserious. He took outrageous stances, which then, on the other hand, reflected a general feeling. And that was related to the “museum-gallery complex” that the artists decided was their enemy. This was a way of fighting back against it."
Barbara Rose in Amy Newman’s Challenging Art: Artforum 1962–1974.