Michael Heizer. Simon Norfolk/NB Pictures, for The New York Times.
Heizer was born in Berkeley, California. He briefly attended the San Francisco Art Institute from 1963-64, studying painting and sculpture, and moved to New York in 1966. It was during this period of the mid-late 1960, at the same time as he was making large-scale, shaped, "negative" paintings in his NYC studio, that Heizer began a series of trips back west to California and Nevada to experiment with creating art within the desert landscape. These Earthworks, a movement that would change the landscape of the art world as well as the Earth itself, would come to define Heizer's career. During the month of September, we'll take a look at some of these remarkable works and the man behind them. I hope you'll join me.
 Dia Art Foundation online, "Exhibitions: Michael Heizer, Artist Biography," http://www.diacenter.org/exhibitions/artistbio/83, (accessed September 6, 2012).
 Michael Govan, "Exhibitions: Michael Heizer, Introduction," Dia Art Foundation online, http://www.diacenter.org/exhibitions/introduction/83, (accessed September 6, 2012).