Michael Heizer emerges from the desert of Nevada to trek eastward and he's treated like an elusive rock star who makes the land sing a cantata. He's showing an 18-ton granite titled “Potato Chip” and a 12-ton rock of iron ore called “Asteroid” in New York City. From the NYTimes:
He was dressed, as usual, in a cowboy hat, canvas jacket and old plaid shirt, surrounded by gurneys and electric saws, mulling over logistics with a small crew of grizzled workmen. The task at hand: encasing a giant, potato-chip-shaped 18-ton rock, excavated from the Mojave Desert, inside a 12-ton steel frame. The rock was to be hauled 2,500 miles east to Larry Gagosian’s gallery on West 24th Street, where he is having his first show in New York in nearly two decades.
From the Washington Post, who observed how arts journalists were "hustled in for a walk through and then out to a lunch at a nearby restaurant" to be gone by the time Heizer arrived. WaPo's Geoff Edgers writes "Back at the gallery, a noticeably frazzled Virginia Coleman, Gagosian’s longtime communications director, shoo’d me away, fearing I might get in the way of a deal she’d made with the New York Times to provide exclusive access to Heizer."
Govan is the one who asked Larry Gagosian to go see Heizer a few years ago, which started talks about the idea of an exhibition, Heizer’s first in New York in years. Gagosian had something few others could offer: The 9,100 square-foot space that’s capable of showing the largest pieces.
ABOVE: Justin Favela's "Gypsy Rose Piñata." at Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
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