Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art, DVD

Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art, DVD

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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 outsized 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.

  • Run time: 72 minutes
  • Color
  • 5.1 surround and stereo audio options, optional English subtitles
  • DVD extras: Troublemakers director James Crump and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles director, Philippe Vergne engage in a lively discussion at the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown LA; artists and filmmaker biographies

Editorial Reviews

"A thrilling and revealing look at the creators and myths of land art . . . masterfully captures the why and how of these sacred terrestrial forms." —Interview Magazine

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