Reviews: "Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art"
THUMBS UP: "[Director James] Crump does a terrific job of detailing the aesthetic and intellectual motivations of this loose movement: concern for the environment, continuation of the 'What is art?' inquiries of earlier 20th-century forms and disillusionment with galleries and with the art scene in general. This film provides short but satisfying sketches of intriguing individuals like the artists Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria, Michael Heizer, Charles Ross, Nancy Holt and the arts patron Virginia Dwan. The relative isolation in which these artists worked makes them seem more maverick iconoclasts than actual 'troublemakers,' but it’s not my title to choose."
Glen Kenny for NYTimes
THUMBS DOWN: "But there needs to be more context and more criticism. From where did these artists emerge? What did their work push other artists to do in the following years, up until the present day? Are there things that they did wrong? Very little of this is addressed in 'Troublemakers,' which takes a narrow focus and tells the same story we’ve heard before."
Craig Hubert for BlouinArtInfo
Michael Heizer "Circular Surface" El Mirage Dry Lake, 1969. Photograph © Gianfranco Gorgoni, 2014.
COACHELLA ADJACENT: "Ever since Ed Ruscha and friends threw a Royal typewriter out the window of a speeding Buick LeSabre near Los Angeles for his 1967 photographic book, 'Royal Road Test,' the impact of the California desert has been visible in his work," writes the NYTimes. Ruscha is on the board of Desert X, aka Desert Exhibition of Art, the nonprofit group planning a biennial-like exhibition in the Palm Springs area timed to overlap with Modernism Week and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Writer-curator Neville Wakefield will be the artistic director for the first event.
"Royal Road Test" 1967 © Ed Ruscha
KNIGHT NO-LIKE: "I've tried with Gustave Caillebotte. Really, I have" writes Knight in the LA Times. "How can an artist who painted a couple of truly brilliant knockouts also have painted such a boatload of mediocrity?"
Text and type installation, metal on vehicle.
"Mobile Picasso" 2016
Billboard LED truck on The Strip.
"Pile of Leaves With Brick" 2015. Installation Grant Hall Gallery