director, art curator and historian
FROM James Crump
'Troublemakers' In the 1970’s, New York artists began moving into large empty lofts in neglected downtown neighborhoods like SoHo. With all that space, their art got bigger and bigger – a perfect match for the egos of the nouveau riche collectors of the go-go ‘80s. But for some artists, even the lofts were too small. They left their studios altogether to work on a really monumental scale, using the earth as a canvas and the backhoe as their paintbrush. A new documentary tells the story of the “land art” pioneers like Michael Heizer, Robert Smithson, and Walter De Maria. Madeleine speaks with the director.
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