Walter de Maria: The Lightning Field

Jessica Morgan (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) John Cliett (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
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Walter De Maria: The Lightning Field presents never-before-seen photographs of this land art masterpiece and its surrounding landscape in western New Mexico. Photographer John Cliett was commissioned by Walter De Maria (1935-2013) 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 24-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 work, "Some Facts, Notes, Data, Information, Statistics, and Statements," originally published in Artforum; a selection of unpublished primary documents from Dia's and the artist's archives, including the photographer's own notes and reports; and an essay by Dia director Jessica Morgan on De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.

Product Details

$50.00  $46.00
Dia Art Foundation
Publish Date
February 27, 2018
13.6 X 0.8 X 11.2 inches | 3.35 pounds

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About the Author

Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan are the creators of the Internet's wittiest celebrity fashion blog, Go Fug Yourself, which draws millions of readers and made Entertainment Weekly's Must List and the Guardian's list of 50 Most Powerful Blogs. They are the authors of two young adult novels, Spoiled and Messy, and have written for publications ranging from New York magazine's web sites to to Grazia UK. They both reside in Los Angeles.


The deterioration of the films, the effect of the cold and the altitude on the chemistry, with, here and there, sometimes, the trace of a snowflake fallen into the gelatine, make their images something beyond landscape photography, and places them on a pictorialist path, printing memories, traces and feelings.--Rebecca Bengal "Vulture "