TROUBLEMAKERS: THE STORY OF LAND ART
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.