Michael Heizer

Michael Heizer, b. 1944, Berkeley, CA

Artist Michael Heizer is considered one of the original and most prominent “land artists” in the world. His work debuted at the Dwan Gallery’s influential “Earth Works” show and then  at the Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich, where he removed 1,000 tons of earth in a conical shape to create Munich Depression. Soon after he created one of his best known sculptures Double Negative on the Mormon Mesa in Nevada. Over the past four decades he has made incredible sculpture and earthworks, often inspired by native american forms, that appear in museums and public spaces worldwide.

Prominent exhibitions include Whitney Museum of Fine Art, New York (2016); Gagosian Gallery, New York (2015); Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (1979); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California (1984); and Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy (1996). His most recent sculpture at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Levitated Mass, is a 21/1 foot  granite boulder installed atop a 456-foot-long trench outside LACMA that people can walk under. The long channel, descends to a depth of 15 feet set in a field of polished concrete slices.

Heizer’s first collaboration with Durham Press, the Offering series, was completed in 1992. He currently lives between New York and in the Nevada desert, where he continues to work on City, an enormous (approximately one third square mile) sculpture, supported by the DIA and Lannan Foundations and due for completion in the next couple of years. City is not yet open to the public.

Press Release
Post Historic Screenprints | 2014

Selected Articles
New York Times | 2015
Architectural Digest | 2015
The Washington Post | 2015
The Guardian | 2015

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