Michael Heizer

born 1944

In Tate Britain

Biography

Michael Heizer (born 1944) is a contemporary artist specializing in large-scale and site-specific sculptures. Working largely outside the confines of the traditional art spaces of galleries and museums, Heizer has redefined sculpture in terms of size, mass, gesture, and process. A pioneer of 20th century Land Art, he is widely recognized for sculptures and earthworks made with earth-moving equipment, which he began creating in the American West in 1967. He currently lives and works in Hiko, Nevada and New York City.

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Artworks

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Art Term

Land art

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Tate Papers

Waste to Monument: John Latham’s Niddrie Woman: Art & Environment

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John Latham’s Artist Placement Group residency at the Scottish Office’s Development Agency in 1975–6 led to a ...

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