The American artist Michael Heizer is credited with inventing 'Earth art' or Land art' with his friend Walter De Maria after a series of trips to the American desert in the early 1960s.

Heizer would go on to redefine sculpture and its relationship to drawing in terms of scale, mass, gesture, and process. This drawing is a rare example of the artist’s commitment to traditional modes of art making and its relationship to his unique sculptural practice. This work was presented by the Art Fund through Art Fund International and it complements and opens up a set of concerns explored in works by Robert Smithson, also presented to mima through the AFi scheme.

Provenance

Richard Bellamy, New York; Prviate collection, New York; by descent; Peter Freeman Inc.


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