Michael Heizer

American, b. 1944

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Michael Heizer

American, b. 1944

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Known for sculptures and earthworks of monumental size, Michael Heizer helped induce a radical shift in the way that we think about the placement, scale, and accessibility of artworks. In Double Negative (1969-70), a pair of twin trenches carved into opposing cliff faces in Nevada’s Moapa Valley, the two excavated passages form a single straight line of empty space, creating a perpendicular intersection with the valley. Other projects have included looping furrows, shaped earthen mounds, and architectural works that refer to ancient temples or imperial buildings, sometimes incorporating enormous boulders as counterpoints to rigid geometric forms. “Immense, architecturally sized sculpture creates both the object and the atmosphere,” he has said. “I think if people feel commitment, they feel something has been transcended.” All of Heizer’s work is rooted first in drawing, and elements of his thinking are apparent in his sketches, as well as his abstractions, such as his 1992 screenprint series “Offering.”

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Solo show at a major institution
Whitney Museum of American Art, and 4 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 2 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more
Biography

Known for sculptures and earthworks of monumental size, Michael Heizer helped induce a radical shift in the way that we think about the placement, scale, and accessibility of artworks. In Double Negative (1969-70), a pair of twin trenches carved into opposing cliff faces in Nevada’s Moapa Valley, the two excavated passages form a single straight line of empty space, creating a perpendicular intersection with the valley. Other projects have included looping furrows, shaped earthen mounds, and architectural works that refer to ancient temples or imperial buildings, sometimes incorporating enormous boulders as counterpoints to rigid geometric forms. “Immense, architecturally sized sculpture creates both the object and the atmosphere,” he has said. “I think if people feel commitment, they feel something has been transcended.” All of Heizer’s work is rooted first in drawing, and elements of his thinking are apparent in his sketches, as well as his abstractions, such as his 1992 screenprint series “Offering.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Whitney Museum of American Art, and 4 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 2 more
Shows Featuring Michael Heizer
Articles Featuring Michael Heizer
Michael Heizer’s Herculean Effort to Move a 340-Ton Boulder across L.A.
Feb 20th, 2019
The Story behind “Sun Tunnels,” Nancy Holt’s Land Art Masterpiece
Oct 1st, 2018
Rock, Paper, Screenprint: The “Post Historic” Artworks of Michael Heizer
Jun 23rd, 2015
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