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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

WILL DOUBLE NEGATIVE BE A NO SHOW?





Will Double Negative be a no show?
Curators face uphill task getting OK from Michael Heizer and Walter De Maria

By Erica Cooke From issue 228, October 2011
Published online 30 Sep 11 (Museums)

Los Angeles. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Los Angeles is organising the first large-scale, historical survey of land art in a major US institution since the late 1970s. The museum is well placed to do so, being one of the few institutions to have two early examples of land art in its collection: Michael Heizer’s Double Negative, 1969-70, and Walter De Maria’s Hard Core, 1969. However, whether Heizer or De Maria will give their blessings, or allow documentation of their work to be included, is still to be confirmed with less than six months to go before the show’s planned opening in the spring of 2012.

The Art Newspaper’s current understanding is that Heizer does not want any representation of Double Negative to be included in “Ends of the Earth”. MoCA’s senior curator, Philipp Kaiser, says the museum respects that “visitors must go out there to see it, to walk through it”, and will provide visitors with detailed maps and directions on how to reach the site. “No decision has been made so far” on whether De Maria’s work will be included, he says. Michael Heizer and Walter De Maria’s commercial representatives declined to comment.

Heizer’s Double Negative is a trench measuring 1,500 ft by 30 ft, “carved” by dynamite and bulldozers from facing slopes of a mesa in the Nevada desert over 300 miles from Los Angeles. De Maria described Hard Core, a 16mm film, as “a western shoot-out scene, but the shoot-out extended over half an hour and with a lot of landscape”. Kaiser, conscious of the natural deterioration of Double Neg¬ative, wants the exhibition to raise awareness of land art, issues that surround showing and preserving it “and the importance of this piece”.

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