Art Dirt: Michael Heizer’s “City” and Other Big Art

by Glasstire August 28, 2022
A photo of four, large, concrete triangle sculptures, sitting on a plaza, in the middle of the Nevada desert.

A photograph of a segment of Michael Heizer’s “City” artwork. Photo: Jamie Hawkesworth for The New Yorker

Jessica Fuentes and Brandon Zech discuss the opening of Michael Heizer’s gargantuan sculpture, and how the work relates to other “big” art.

“What is the biggest contemporary artwork?”

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Jonas Criscoe August 28, 2022 - 11:36

In the “Really Big” 2d category you gotta give props to Mark Bradford’s PICKETT’S CHARGE (at more than 400 linear feet) at the Hirshhorn in DC.

scott chase August 30, 2022 - 16:40

Really enjoyed the podcast. I’m headed to Marfa tomorrow and will look at the Judd works differently.


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