How is legacy defined, who defines it, whom does it serve?
Art Between Land and Self
How do we consider land-inspired art in an age when huge swaths of our shared world are being clear cut, mined, drilled, and desertified?
Michael Heizer’s Empty Empire
Despite his reportedly encyclopedic knowledge of the region’s geologic and mineral makeup, Heizer has displayed a baffling incuriousness about the larger story of the land he digs, cuts, and plows.
After 50 Years, Michael Heizer’s Colossal Desert Installation Is Finally Finished
Work on the colossal land art project in the remote Nevada desert began in 1970.
New Generation of Land Artists Embodies a Call for Action
From sites to studios to systems, the nature of earthworks has changed since the 1960s and ’70s.
Land Artist Nancy Holt’s Papers Acquired by Smithsonian Archives
Also included are plans for two site-specific projects that were never fully realized: “Sky Mound” (1984–) and “Solar Web” (1984–89).
A Public Vulva Sculpture in Brazil Protests Violence Against Women
Juliana Notari’s “Diva,” a massive, concrete and resin sculpture built on a hillside in Pernambuco, has prompted outrage from conservative groups.
An Italian Land Artist Carved Joe Biden’s Face Into a Field of Wheat
Dario Gambarin created a portrait of the Democratic presidential candidate in a field near Verona with “Jump & Fly, Biden 2020.” But why?
A Transportive Film Series Spotlights Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson
The films created by the legendary artists move beyond pure documentation, adding layers of context and revealing insights into their respective practices.
Robert Smithson’s Experiments in Entropy
Revisiting Smithson’s earthworks “Spiral Jetty” and “Partially Buried Woodshed,” which have dramatically changed 50 years later.
The Land Art at Desert X Confronts Borders and Politics on Indigenous Territory
The second edition of Desert X is a manifesto for poetical activism, tangled between nature and urban development.
The Origins of Manhattan’s Tiny Plot of Precolonial Terrain
Alden Projects on the Lower East Side is marking 50 years since Alan Sonfist proposed reclaiming land in New York City for memorials to lost nature.