Michael Heizer  (American, 1944) 

Michael Heizer (American, b.1944) is a Contemporary artist known for his monumental earthworks. After studying briefly at the San Francisco Art Institute from 1963 to 1964, Heizer moved to New York, before eventually establishing himself in the deserts of Nevada and California. This remoteness from the mainstream art world proved an ideal environment in which to produce Land Art, or “earth art," as he termed it. Heizer’s installations in nature have required drastic actions, such as the movement of 50-ton granite slabs or the digging of enormous holes. One piece by the artist in the Nevada desert made use of an over-sized boulder elevated over a 456-foot-long trench, which was intended to instill in the viewer a sense of levitation. Heizer’s works have been featured in over 75 solo and group exhibitions, including shows at the Nevada Museum of Art in 2011, the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2009, and New York’s Pace Gallery in 2006.

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Michael Heizer, Untitled


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Michael Heizer, 4 Part Circle/Quebec


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4 Part Circle/Quebec

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Michael Heizer, Dragged Mass Geometric


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Dragged Mass Geometric

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Michael Heizer, Levitated Mass


Michael Heizer
Levitated Mass, 1983
color lithograph w/screenprint and etching


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Michael Heizer, 45, 90, 180 degrees


Michael Heizer
45, 90, 180 degrees, 1982
watercolor and pencil


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Michael Heizer, Untitled: #17 Collage


Michael Heizer
Untitled: #17 Collage, 1976-1979


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1944   Born in Berkeley, CA
1963 - 1964   Attended San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  Lives and works in Nevada
2009   Photoconceptualism, 1966–1973, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1968. Die Große Unschuld, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany
2008   Michael Heizer, El Sourdog Hex, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2007   North, East, South, West, Dia: Beacon, Beacon, NY (solo)
2006   Michael Heizer, PaceWildenstein, 545 West 22nd Street, New York, NY (solo)
Michael Heizer: Works from the 70s, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2005   Safe and Warm in LA, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
2003   Michael Heizer, Peter Freeman, New York, NY (solo)
On the Edge: Contemporary Art from the DaimlerChrysler Collection, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
1997   47th International Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia), Venice, Italy
1994   Art Before Life: Michael Heizer, Ace Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1990   American Masters of the 60's, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York City, NY
1989   Michael Heizer: New Drawings, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1988   Michael Heizer, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
1985   Michael Heizer: Dragged Mass Geometric, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (solo)
1984   Michael Heizer: Geometric Extraction, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1983   Michael Heizer: Paintings 1967, Oil & Steel Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1980   Michael Heizer, The St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO (solo)
1979   Michael Heizer, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany and Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, Netherlands (solo)
1977   Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1976   Michael Heizer: New Works: Paintings and Sculpture, Xavier Fourcade, Inc., New York, NY (solo)
1974   Michael Heizer: Recent Paintings, Fourcade, Droll, Inc., New York, NY (solo)
1971   Sixth Guggenheim International Exhibition, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1970   Michael Heizer: New York-Nevada, Virginia Dwan Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1969   Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich, Germany
Earth Art, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY
1968   Sculpture Annual, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1967   Annual Invitational Exhibition, Park Place Gallery, New York, NY
  Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV