Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art

A cogent, brisk...thrilling documentary...does a terrific job of detailing the aesthetic and intellectual motivations of this...movement.


Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art

Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s when a cadre of renegade New York artists sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest. Today these works remain impressive not only for the sheer audacity of their makers but also for their out-sized ambitions to break free from traditional norms. The film casts these artists in a heroic light, which is exactly how they saw themselves. Iconoclasts who changed the landscape of art forever, these revolutionary, antagonistic creatives risked their careers on radical artistic change and experimentation, and took on the establishment to produce art on their own terms. The film includes rare footage and interviews which unveil the enigmatic lives and careers of storied artists Robert Smithson (Spiral Jetty), Walter De Maria (The Lightning Field) and Michael Heizer (Double Negative); a headstrong troika that established the genre and who stand in marked contrast to the hyper-speculative contemporary art world of today.
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Documentary, Bio-pic, History
James Crump
Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

Considering what we now know about the ways our existence has altered our planet, the most monumental aspects of the late twentieth century's land-and-earth art movement might strike us today as touchingly redundant. Michael Heizer has dedicated the last forty years to City, his modernist Angkor Wat ...

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