50 años de Land Art

Judy Chicago, Immolation from Women and Smoke, 1972.
Fireworks performance, Performed in the California Desert. © Judy Chicago/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo courtesy of Through the Flower Archives. Courtesy of the artist; Salon 94, New York; and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco.

Nevada Museum of Art
2021 Art + Environment Season
Land Art: Past, Present, Futures.

September – November 2021

Commemorating 50 years of Land Art, the Nevada Museum of Art convenes its triennial 2021 Art + Environment Season Land Art: Past, Present, Futures. The three-month season of virtual programs brings together prominent artists, art historians, and critics who have shaped the pioneering genre, alongside contemporary artists, scholars, and social activists who are exploring “what’s next?” as they push the boundaries of the field.

While much of the global art world remains enchanted by the monumental Earthworks that emerged in the American West in the late 60s and 70s, there is concurrent interest among contemporary artists, scholars, and social activists who critique, contextualize, perform, and engage in environmental and social dialogue about art of the land.

Between Walter De Maria and Michael Heizer, Nevada is home to at least fifteen significant Land Art interventions created since 1968. It is this Land Art tradition upon which the Nevada Museum of Art established its Center for Art + Environment—a research center, archive, and library—in 2008. This tradition led to the Museum’s partnership with Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone and Art Production Fund to coproduce and present Seven Magic Mountains in 2016. Located just outside Las Vegas, Seven Magic Mountains has become one of the twenty-first century’s most significant public art projects. Over the past decade, the Museum has engaged in several other significant Land Art projects with contemporary artists including Lita Albuquerque, Judy Chicago, Chris Drury, Helen and Newton Harrison, Daniel McCormick & Mary O’Brien, and Trevor Paglen.

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Robert Smithson, Gianfranco Gorgoni, Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, 1970, 2013.
Digital archival print, Photograph from the Collection of the Nevada Museum of Art, The Altered Landscape, Carol Franc Buck Collection; Photograph © Estate of Gianfranco Gorgoni; Artwork from the Collection of Dia Art Foundation; Artwork © Holt/Smithson Foundation and Dia Art Foundation.

Nevada Museum of Art
2021 Art + Environment Season
Land Art: Past, Present, Futures.

Septiembre – noviembre de 2021

Para conmemorar los 50 años de Land Art, el Museo de Arte de Nevada convoca su trienal 2021 Art + Environment Season Land Art: Past, Present, Futures. La temporada de tres meses de programas virtuales reúne a destacados artistas, historiadores del arte y críticos que han dado forma al género pionero, junto con artistas contemporáneos, académicos y activistas sociales que están explorando «¿qué sigue?» a medida que empujan los límites del campo.

Si bien gran parte del mundo del arte global sigue fascinado por los monumentales Earthworks que surgieron en el oeste americano a finales de los 60 y 70, existe un interés concurrente entre artistas contemporáneos, académicos y activistas sociales que critican, contextualizan, interpretan y se involucran en temas ambientales. y diálogo social sobre el arte de la tierra.

De Walter De Maria a Michael Heizer, Nevada es el hogar de al menos quince importantes intervenciones de Land Art creadas desde 1968. Es esta tradición de Land Art sobre la que el Museo de Arte de Nevada estableció, en 2008, su Centro de Arte + Medio Ambiente, un centro de investigación, archivo, y biblioteca. Esta tradición llevó a la asociación del Museo con el artista suizo Ugo Rondinone y el Art Production Fund para coproducir y presentar Seven Magic Mountains en 2016. Ubicado a las afueras de Las Vegas, Seven Magic Mountains se ha convertido en uno de los proyectos de arte público más significativos del siglo XXI. Durante la última década, el Museo se ha involucrado en varios otros proyectos importantes de Land Art con artistas contemporáneos como Lita Albuquerque, Judy Chicago, Chris Drury, Helen y Newton Harrison, Daniel McCormick & Mary O’Brien y Trevor Paglen.

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Gianfranco Gorgoni, Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains, near Jean Dry Lake, Nevada, 2016, 2016, Chromogenic print. Photograph from the Collection of the Nevada Museum of Art, The Altered Landscape, Carol Franc Buck Collection, with additional support from the Estate of Nancy L. Peppin; Photograph© Estate of Gianfranco Gorgoni; Artwork co-produced and presented by the Nevada Museum of Art and Art Production Fund; Artwork© Ugo Rondinone

Ugo Rondinone:
Seven Magic Mountains

May 11, 2016 – December 31, 2021

Across the desert south of Las Vegas, Nevada, rises a large, colorful anomaly. Seven colossal stone forms defy gravity with their teetering formations. The shapes, reminiscent of naturally-occurring hoodoos, seem poised between monumentality and collapse. The mammoth contemporary cairns created by internationally-renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone evoke the art of meditative rock balancing, and mark his place in the history of Land Art.

Seven Magic Mountains is a large-scale, site-specific public artwork by Rondinone that has been nearly five years in the making. The installation, comprised of seven individual towering sculptures, is situated on the far southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard along Interstate 15, approximately a half hour from downtown Las Vegas. Positioned within the Ivanpah Valley and surrounded by mountains, the piece will be on view for two years beginning May 11, 2016.

Mediating between geological formations and abstract compositions, Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains consists of locally-sourced limestone boulders stacked vertically in groups ranging between three and six. Each stone boasts a different fluorescent color; each individual totem stands between thirty and thirty-five feet high.

The artwork extends Rondinone’s long-running interest in natural phenomena and their reformulation in art. The titles and forms of his paintings and sculptures have frequently evoked primordial phenomena such as air, moons, the sun, and the cosmos. Referring concurrently to the natural world, romanticism, and existentialism, Seven Magic Mountains encapsulates a sort of mental trinity that has underpinned the artist’s work for more than two decades. In a new iteration of themes and materials, Seven Magic Mountains creates a sense of romantic minimalism.

“Seven Magic Mountains elicits continuities and solidarities between human and nature, artificial and natural, then and now,” states Rondinone.

Located a short distance from Nevada’s legendary Jean Dry Lake where Jean Tinguely and Michael Heizer created significant sculptures, Seven Magic Mountains is one of the largest land-based art installations in the United States completed in over 40 years. The work pays homage to the history of Land Art while also offering a contemporary critique of the simulacra in nearby Las Vegas.

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Ugo Rondinone:
Seven Magic Mountains

11 de mayo de 2016 – 31 de diciembre de 2021

Al otro lado del desierto al sur de Las Vegas, Nevada, se levanta una anomalía grande y colorida. Siete formas de piedra colosales desafían la gravedad con sus formaciones tambaleantes. Las formas, que recuerdan a los hoodoos naturales, parecen equilibrarse entre la monumentalidad y el colapso.

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Mediando entre formaciones geológicas y composiciones abstractas, las Siete Montañas Mágicas de Rondinone consisten en rocas calizas de origen local apiladas verticalmente en grupos que varían entre tres y seis. Cada piedra tiene un color fluorescente diferente; cada tótem individual mide entre treinta y treinta y cinco pies de altura.

La obra de arte amplía el interés de Rondinone por los fenómenos naturales y su reformulación en el arte. Los títulos y las formas de sus pinturas y esculturas han evocado con frecuencia fenómenos primordiales como el aire, las lunas, el sol y el cosmos. Al referirse al mismo tiempo al mundo natural, el romanticismo y el existencialismo, Seven Magic Mountains encapsula una especie de trinidad mental que ha apuntalado el trabajo del artista durante más de dos décadas. En una nueva iteración de temas y materiales, Seven Magic Mountains crea una sensación de minimalismo romántico.

“Seven Magic Mountains provoca continuidades y solidaridades entre el ser humano y la naturaleza, lo artificial y lo natural, entonces y ahora”, afirma Rondinone.

Ubicada a poca distancia del legendario Jean Dry Lake de Nevada, donde Jean Tinguely y Michael Heizer crearon esculturas importantes, Seven Magic Mountains es una de las instalaciones de arte terrestres más grandes de los Estados Unidos completadas en más de 40 años. La obra rinde homenaje a la historia del Land Art y al mismo tiempo ofrece una crítica contemporánea de los simulacros de la cercana Las Vegas.

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