Troublemakers: the Story of Land Art
 

James Crump | 2015 | USA | 74 min

Premiere screening on 18 October at Rialto Amsterdam. In selected Dutch and Belgian cinemas in November.

TROUBLEMAKERS unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. The film portrays renegade New York artists Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria and Michael Heizer, who sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest.

Today these works remain impressive not only for the sheer audacity of their makers but also for their out-sized ambitions to break free from traditional norms. Land artists were exploring a larger canvas to work on while simultaneously seeking to create works that induced awe in the viewer, thus producing a new kind of pilgrimage and a new kind of visceral viewing experience. These revolutionary artists took on the establishment to produce art on their own terms. Their radical experience changed the landscape of art forever.

Trailer

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Through rare period footage, new interviews and extraordinary aerial images of the most significant land art sites, TROUBLEMAKERS takes viewers on an immersive cinematic ride through the bellicose and uncompromising history of the land art movement.

Reviews

 

“Takes it place among the grat art documentaries of the last half-century.” – The Wall Street Journal

“Crump's film documents this historical artistic movement, while also raising greater questions about the nature of art itself. […] What excitement there is in these folies de grandeur. “ – The Guardian

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“It forces viewers to take long looks at his most controversial imagery, proving that he still has the power to provoke, seduce and enrage.”  The Guardian
 

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Don't Blink - Robert Frank “Rather than being a film about an artist, it’s an attempt to show us what it’s like to actually be an artist.” – LA Times   Read more

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David Lynch - The Art Life “This cockeyed, oblique attempt to get closer to the worldview of David Lynch — one of American cinema’s finest oddities — is a compelling slice of cinephile inquiry.” – RogerEbert.com Read more

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The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg "An eye-opening peek into the art world, with all its intrigue and splendour. It’s men like this one who are behind so much of the modern art we enjoy in museums, and here is a fitting tribute." – VIFF Read more

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"An eye-opening peek into the art world, with all its intrigue and splendour. It’s men like this one who are behind so much of the modern art we enjoy in museums, and here is a fitting tribute." – VIFF

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Eva Hesse “An indispensable aid to understanding and appreciating a fascinating artist.” – The New York Times’ Critics Pic Read more

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The Space in Between - Marina Abramovic and Brazil “A fascinating journey with one of the most unpredictable and fascinating artists of our times.” – BFI London Read more  

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“A fascinating journey with one of the most unpredictable and fascinating artists of our times.” – BFI London

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