double negative is a website devoted to the life and works of the contemporary artist Michael Heizer, one of the pioneers of the "land art" or "earth art" movement.
12.20.2016: The Los Angeles Times published an article detailing how outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid became an admirer of Michael Heizer's artwork, and describing Reid as having orchestrated the creation of the Basin and Range National Monument to protect the 700,000 acres surrounding Heizer's monumental artwork, City.
12.15.2016: As reported in the Las Vegas Review Journal and Elko Daily Free Press, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has accepted a conservation easement protecting Heizer's monumental artwork, City. The easement permits the title to the work and the immediately surrounding land to maintain in the possession and control of Heizer's foundation, while ensuring that the artwork will be protected into the future. Notably, the easement also contemplates public visitation of the artwork upon its completion, which is anticipated no later than May 1, 2020.
Senator Reid's office posted a video of the signing ceremony at which the federal government accepted the easement, including an appearance by Senator Reid and Michael Heizer himself.
For more detailed information, see the documentation regarding the BLM's decision, including the terms of the easement (originally granted by Heizer's foundation to the L.A. County Museum of Art), or the BLM's decision accepting the donation.
09.30.2016: Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959–1971, an exhibition focusing on the career of gallerist Virginia Dwan — and featuring works by Michael Heizer as well as other earth artists including Robert Smithson, Walter DeMaria, and James Turrell — opened in the newly renovated East Wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Dwan was the organizer of the first exhibition of earth art ("Earthworks"), an early patron of Michael Heizer's, and the original owner of the work Double Negative.
The exhibition will be on view at the National Gallery until January 29, 2017, and will subsequently be on view at the L.A. County Museum of Art from March 19 until September 10, 2017.
08.29.2016: The New Yorker magazine published an extensive profile of Michael Heizer, entitled "A Monument to Outlast Humanity." The profile features numerous recent photos of City and documents recent developments in the construction of City as well as Heizer's personal life.
It is just not my inclination to make small work.