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Directed by James Crump

United States 2015 72 mins.

As part of the 1960s/1970s rebellion against materialistic values sweeping American culture, a cadre of artists sought to create a new, epic art that transcended the limitations of painting and sculpture and was one with the outdoor environment. Converging architecture, landscape, sculpture, technology, archaeology, and photography, they strove to make work that—they thought—would make it hard to buy and own. Troublemakers unearths the history of the monumental scale and the outsized ambition of these iconoclasts and includes rare footage and interviews centering on 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 influences the work of such other artists as Nancy Holt, Dennis Oppenheim, Carl Andre, and Vito Acconci.

Genres: Documentary

Appears in: On Art and Artists



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