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"If you want to see the Pieta, you go to Italy.
To see the Great Wall, you go to China.
My work isn't conceptual art, it's sculpture.
You just have to go see it."

-Michael Heizer


Michael Heizer's Adjacent, Against, Upon in Seattle, WA

The following is an attempt to create a complete, chronological list of Heizer's sculpture (including his famous "earthworks"). Works that have corresponding pages on this website include a link. The often temporary nature of these works means that such a list is not easy to create, so please notify me of any omissions or corrections. For more information on many of these works, please see the master list of links.

1967

  • North, East, South, West 1 - Sierra Nevada Mountains, Reno, NV (dismantled); recreated in 2002 at Dia:Beacon, Beacon, NY
  • North, East, South, West 2 (recreated in 1982)
  • Sierra Nevada - in Sierra Nevada, CA


1968

  • Adze Dispersal - Coyote Dry Lake, Mojave Desert, CA (dismantled)
  • Black Dye and Powder Dispersal 1, 2 - Coyote Dry Lake, Mojave Desert, CA (deteriorated)
  • Ciliata - Stateline, NV (dismantled)
  • Circular Surface Drawing - El Mirage Dry Lake, Mojave Desert, CA (deteriorated)
  • Collpase - El Mirage Dry Lake, Mojave Desert, CA (dismantled)
  • Compression Line - El Mirage Dry Lake, Mojave Desert, CA (dismantled); recreated, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO; collection of the St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Field - El Mirage Dry Lake, Mojave Desert, CA (dismantled)
  • Foot Kick Gesture - Coyote Dry Lake, Mojave Desert, CA (deteriorated)
  • Gesture - El Mirage Dry Lake, Mojave Desert, CA (dismantled)
  • Ground Incision/Loop Drawing - Coyote Dry Lake, Mojave Desert, CA (deteriorated)
  • Interstices 1 - Coyote Dry Lake, Mojave Desert, CA (dismantled), Commissioned by Geoffrey Gates
  • Nine Nevada Depressions - commissioned by Robert Scull
    • Backfill - Coyote Dry Lake, Mohave Desert, CA (deteriorated)
    • Cilia - Silver Springs, NV (dismantled)
    • Dissipate 1 - Smoke Creek Desert, NV (deteriorated)
    • Dissipate 2 - Black Rock Desert, NV (deteriorated)
    • Double Compression - Cave Rock, Stateline, NV (dismantled)
    • Hydrate - Pahrump, NV (dismantled)
    • Isolated Mass/Circumflex 1 - Massacre Lake, Vya, NV (??)
    • Rift 1 - Jean Dry Lake, NV (deteriorated)
    • Styx - Blue Diamond, NV (dismantled)
  • Slot 1 - El Mirage Dry Lake, Mojave Desert, CA (dismantled)
  • Slot 2 - Stateline, NV (dismantled)
  • Trough - El Mirage Dry Lake, Mojave Desert, CA (dismantled)
  • Windows 1 - El Mirage Dry Lake, Mojave Desert, CA (dismantled)

    to 1971:
  • Adze Dispersal - Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (dismantled)

    to 1972:
  • Isolated Mass/Circumflex (#2) - Menil Collection, Houston, TX


1969

  • Blue and White Dye and Powder Dispersal (deteriorated)
  • Cement Trough - Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland (destroyed)
  • Displaced-Replaced Mass 1 - Silver Springs, NV; collection of Robert Scull (dismantled)
  • Five Conic Displacements - Coyote Dry Lake, Mojave Desert, CA; commissioned by Heiner Friedrich (deteriorated)
  • Matchdrop - Grasseplatz 4, Dusseldorf, Germany (public domain)
  • Munich Depression - Perlach, Munich, Germany; commisioned by Heiner Friedrich and Franz Dahlem, Munich, Germany (destroyed)
  • Primitive Dye Painting 1 - Coyote Dry Lake, Mojave Desert, CA (deteriorated)
  • Primitive Dye Painting 2 - Coyote Dry Lake, Mojave Desert, CA; commissioned by Gerry Schum (deteriorated)
  • Sidewalk Depression - Grasseplatz 4, Dusseldorf, Germany; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (destroyed)
  • Triple Landscape - Coyote Dry Lake, Mojave Desert, CA (destroyed)
  • Windows 2 - Grasseplatz 4, Dusseldorf, Germany (public domain)
  • Yellow Dye and Powder Dispersal - Coyote Dry Lake, Mojave Desert, CA (deteriorated)

    to 1970:
  • Double Negative - Mormon/Virgin River Mesa, near Overton, NV; collection of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles


1971

  • Adze Dispersal 2 - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; collection of the Museum Ludwig, Köln
  • Circular Surface Planar Displacement - Jean Dry Lake, NV; collection of Sam Wagstaff, NY (deteriorated)
  • Dragged Mass Displacement - Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI (destroyed)
  • Tangential Drawing - Munich, Germany


1972


1974

  • Sandblasted Etched Glass Windows - Ace Gallery, Los Angeles; private collection


1976

  • Adjacent, Against, Upon - Myrtle Edwards Park, Seattle, WA; collection of the City of Seattle, WA
  • Circle I - Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
  • Circle I (Long Island City) - private collection, NY

    to 1980:
  • This Equals That - The State Capitol Complex, Lansing, MI; collection of the State of Michigan (currently dismantled)

    to 1987:
  • Eight-Part Circle - Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD


1977

  • Circle II (Ghana) - collection Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, Netherlands
  • Circle II (Vermont) - private collection (sold at auction for USD 4,000, Sotheby's New York, 1 May 1991)
  • Displaced/Replaced Mass 2 - Marina Del Rey, Venice, CA; collection Ray Doumani, Los Angeles,CA
  • Guennette - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, originally at the Seagram Building in New York, NY; collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

    to 1981:
  • Circle II (Brazil) - private collection (sold at auction for USD 8,000, Sotheby's New York, 14 Nov 1991)


1978

  • Circle II (North Dakota) - Xavier Fourcade, Inc., New York, NY


1980

  • Guennette Mahogany - Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA; gift of Xavier Fourcade, Inc., New York, NY
  • Negative Sculpture - Quebec - collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Negative Sculpture - Vermont - Xavier Fourcade, Inc., New York, NY; collection of Gene Taylor
  • Platform - Estuary Park, Oakland, CA; collection of the Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

    to 1988:
  • City: Complex Two - Lincoln County, outside Hiko, NV; collection of the artist


1981

  • 45°, 90°, 180° 1 - Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
  • Negative Sculpture - Escondido - collection Joan Weiss


Michael Heizer's North East South West in downtown Los Angeles.

1982

  • 45°, 90°, 180° 2
  • 45°, 90°, 180° 3 - Venice, CA
  • 45°, 90°, 180° 4 - private collection
  • 45°, 90°, 180° 5 - private collection (sold at auction for USD 15,000, Christie's East, New York, 15 May 2001)
  • 45°, 90°, 180° 6 - private collection
  • Elevated, Surface, Depressed - Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Grove Island, FL; collection of Martin Z. Margulies, Florida
  • Levitated Mass - IBM Building, 590 Madison Avenue, New York; collection IBM Corporation
  • North, East, South, West 2 - Citigroup Center (formerly the Wells Fargo Building), 444 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA; commissioned by the Rockefeller Development Corporation, collection of the Pacific Freeholds and Lehndorff Flower Joint Venture, Los Angeles, CA
  • Rift 2 - Nassau County Museum of Fine Arts, New York; collection of the artist, NV


1983


1984

  • 45°, 90°, 180° - Rice University, Houston, TX; collection of Rice University, Houston, TX
  • 45°, 90°, 180°/Geometric Extraction - The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (destroyed)


1985

  • Dragged Mass Geometric - collection of the artist, NV


1986

  • Untitled - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY (destroyed)


1987

  • Chaotic Geometric Sculpture 2 (destroyed)
  • Chaotic Geometric Sculpture 5 (destroyed)
  • Chaotic Geometric Sculpture 10 (destroyed)
  • Untitled (3)


1988

    to 1989:
  • Adze 2 - collection of the Waddington Galleries Ltd., London, England
  • Biface Blade - collection of the Waddington Galleries Ltd., London, England
  • Biface Perforator 2 - collection of the Waddington Galleries Ltd., London, England
  • Biface Perforator 3 - collection of the Waddington Galleries Ltd., London, England

    to 1993:
  • Rice Sticks and Fork - Ace Gallery, New York, NY


1989

  • Adze - private collection, Houston, TX
  • Charmstone 3 - collection of the Waddington Galleries Ltd., London, England
  • Massive Celt Offering - Fred Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (destroyed)
  • Prismatic Flake - collection of the Waddington Galleries, Ltd., London, England


1990

  • Prismatic Flake 4 - collection of Philip Johnson, New York, NY

    to 1991:
  • Perforated Object 18 - collection of the Fondazione Prada, Milan
  • Charmstone 4 - Akira Ikeda Gallery, Taura, Japan


1991

  • Charmstone - The Menil Collection, Houston, TX
  • Prismatic Flake Geometric - Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


1992

    to 1993:
  • Perforated Object 29 - Ace Gallery, New York, NY; collection of the artist
  • Perforated Object 33 - Ace Gallery, New York, NY; collection of the artist


1993

  • Displaced/Replaced Mass 3 - Ace Gallery, New York, NY; collection Ronald S. Lauder, NY
  • Etched Glass Window - CT; Collection David Whitney
  • Negative Wall Sculpture 2 - Ace Gallery, New York, NY; collection Ronald S. Lauder, NY

    to 1995:
  • Perforated Object 27 - Bruce Thompson Federal Building, Reno, NV; comissioned by the United States Government, General Services Administration


1996

  • Negative Line - collection of the Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy
  • Stele I - collection of the Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy
  • Stele II - collection of the Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy

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