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Below are biographies and analysis of the work of the artists central to the Earth Art movement. Read more about the movement on the Earth Art Overview page.

Earth Art: 9 of 310 Total Artists
Christo Biography, Art & Analysis

Christo

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Christo Famous Art

Christo is a Bulgarian land and environmental artist, best known as one half of the married artist team Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Together, Christo and Jeanne-Claude created temporary land art installations, so grand in scale and ambition that controversy often followed. The best known examples of their work include Wrapped Coast (1969) in Little Bay, Australian, Wrapped Reichstag (1995) in Berlin, and The Gates (2004) in New York City.

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De Maria, Walter Biography, Art & Analysis

De Maria, Walter

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Walter de Maria is an American sculptor, composer, and multi-media artist. His works have been characterized as Minimalist, Installation, Land art, Neo-Dada, and Conceptualist. De Maria's best known work is The Lightning Field (1977), consisting of 400 lightning rods situated on a field in New Mexico.

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Heizer, Michael Biography, Art & Analysis

Heizer, Michael

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Heizer, Michael Famous Art

Michael Heizer is an American artist who specializes in Land art installations and environments. Heizer's most celebrated pieces rely on the alteration but ultimate preservation of the natural landscape, such as Double Negative (1969), in which Heizer cut a 1500-foot long trench into a mesa in the Nevada desert.

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Holt, Nancy Biography, Art & Analysis

Holt, Nancy

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Holt, Nancy Famous Art

Nancy Holt is best known for working with Earth art, Installation art, and large-scale public sculpture. After her artist husband Robert Smithson died in 1973, Holt turned her focus on her own art and created the seminal Sun Tunnels.

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Lin, Maya Biography, Art & Analysis

Lin, Maya

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Maya Lin is a Chinese-American sculptor, landscape artist and installation artist. Lin grew to fame for designing the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., a commission she won at the age of 21 and while still an undergraduate student. She went on to have a prominent career in public sculture and Land art.

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Long, Richard Biography, Art & Analysis

Long, Richard

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Long, Richard Famous Art

Much of Richard Long's work is considered a response to the natural environments he enters, incorporating mixed-media and various non-art elements such as landscape, rock, maps, and text.

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Mendieta, Ana Biography, Art & Analysis

Mendieta, Ana

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Mendieta, Ana Famous Art

Ana Mendieta was a Cuban-American performance artist who created work in the late twentieth century focusing on violence against the female body, as well as pieces involving a close connection with nature and the landscape.

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Smithson, Robert Biography, Art & Analysis

Smithson, Robert

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Smithson, Robert Famous Art

Robert Smithson was an American artist best known for his innovations in Land and Earth Art. Smithson's large-scale projects employed earth and other natural resources to construct works that both manipulated and preserved the natural landscape. His most famous work is Spiral Jetty in Utah, constructed entirely from basalt, earth and salt.

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Turrell, James Biography, Art & Analysis

Turrell, James

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Turrell, James Famous Art

James Turrell is an American artist whose works are primarily concerned with light and space. He is best known for 'Roden Crater', a project he began in 1979. For the work, Turrell is transforming this natural cinder volcanic crater into a massive naked-eye observatory.

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Earth Art: 9 of 310 Total Artists



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