Lightning Field

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Walter De Maria: The Lightning Field


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Walter De Maria: The Lightning Field presents never-before-seen photographs of this Land art masterpiece and its surrounding western New Mexico landscape. Photographer John Cliett was commissioned by Walter De Maria and Dia Art Foundation to document this enigmatic artwork over two seasons in 1978 and 1979, but until now nearly all the resulting shots remained in the artist’s archives. Tracing the course of a typical twenty-four hour visit to the site, the selection of images shows, for the first time, the rich complexity of site and land. This publication also includes the artist’s 1980 text on The Lightning Field, “Some Facts, Notes, Data, Information, Statistics, and Statements,” originally published in Artforum; a selection of unpublished primary documents from Dia’s and the artist’s archives, including the photographer’s own notes and reports; and an essay by Dia director Jessica Morgan on De Maria’s complex relationship with photography.

Publication Details

Dia Art Foundation
Publication date
13 1/4 x 11 inches
Publication credits
Edited by Stephen Hoban, Alexis Lowry, and Jessica Morgan. Contributions by John Cliett, Walter De Maria, Robert Fosdick, and Jessica Morgan

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Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria was born in Albany, California, in 1935. He died in Los Angeles in 2013.

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