A new film highlights the work of Land Artists, rebels who, in looking for a larger canvas, rejected the frame, the plinth, even the wall, and sought to create experiences for themselves and for the viewer that would give the word "art" an entirely new dimension. The director, James Crump, says, "It is important to me that a new generation of much younger artists rediscover these troublemakers in order to fully realize that making art is not simply for the market."
So, my friends, here is the latest. For the next two weeks, I am off to France for a press trip, organized by the Poitou-Charentes region in Western France. How can I say no? The region is famous for its ancient Roman history, medieval architecture, plenty of small museums, and beautiful landscapes.
We skittered out onto the unfathomably vast valley floor and into the mosaic of plants, grading from green to ochre to gray, surrounded by chains of rough, largely unvegetated mountains. Although we still had a couple miles to go before reaching environmental artist Michael Heizer's Double Negative, it felt as if we had arrived We were suddenly plunged into the landscape, rather than driving on a paved road, looking at it.