TROU­BLE­MAK­ERS: THE STORY OF LAND ART

Pasatiempo - - MOVING IMAGES - (Michael Abatemarco)

Art his­to­rian and film­maker James Crump’s in­sight­ful doc­u­men­tary dis­cusses pi­o­neer­ing artists who chal­lenged the sta­tus quo, at­tempt­ing to wrest art from the grip of gal­leries and in­sti­tu­tions and bring it out into the nat­u­ral world in mon­u­men­tal fash­ion. Al­though the film fo­cuses on just three artists as­so­ci­ated with land art — Michael Heizer, Wal­ter De Maria, and Robert Smith­son — it ben­e­fits from in­ter­views with their con­tem­po­raries and in­cludes stun­ning aerial pho­tog­ra­phy of th­ese artists’ most iconic earth­works, such as Smith­son’s Spiral Jetty in Utah and Heizer’s Dou­ble

Neg­a­tive in the Moapa Val­ley. The artists risked much in strik­ing out on their own with­out rep­re­sen­ta­tion or sub­stan­tial fund­ing, but they were com­mit­ted to free­ing art from the con­straints of the mar­ket and es­tab­lish­ing a new con­cep­tual art move­ment in the process. Crump’s learned po­si­tion in­forms the doc­u­men­tary, which re­spects th­ese artists with­out glo­ri­fy­ing them. Not rated. 75 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts.

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