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De Maria, Walter

DE MARIA, WALTER - Drums And Nature

..In 1957, (De Maria) graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned his M.F.A. in painting two years later. De Maria and his friend, the avant-garde composer La Monte Young, participated in Happenings and theatrical productions (including very early Fluxus events) in the San Francisco area.\r\nIn 1960, De Maria moved to New York; here he wrote essays on art, which were published in 1963 in Youngs An Anthology", and took part in Happenings and multimedia presentations. In 1961, he made his first wooden box sculptures. De Maria and Robert Whitman opened the Great Jones Street gallery in New York in 1963; the same year, De Marias first solo show of sculpture was presented there. This year, he worked as a drummer for the rock group The Velvet Underground. He continued to work in wood, began his "invisible drawings," and composed music. With the support of collector Robert C. Scull, De Maria started making pieces in metal in 1965. \r\nDe Maria emerged as a leader of the Earthworks movement in 1968 when he filled the Galerie Heiner Friedrich in Munich with dirt. This year, he also made his The Mile Long Drawing in the Desert in the Mojave Desert for Walls in the Desert, a project, originally conceived in 1962, which is to consist of two parallel mile-long walls. In 1968, he also participated in Documenta in Kassel. A major exhibition of De Marias sculpture was held at the Kunstmuseum Basel in 1972. Earthworks and serial geometric sculpture continue to occupy De Maria in the 1970s: his Three Continent Project was completed in 1972 and the Lightning Field in New Mexico was finished in 1977. That same year, De Maria recreated his Earth Room at the Heiner Friedrich Gallery in New York. The artist lives in New York." -Guggenheim.

\r\nSelf released CD (with almost no distribution) featuring De Marias tribal drumming mixed with field recordings (as the title implies). The two pieces, Cricket Music and Ocean Music, were originally recorded in 1964 and 1968 (evidently with some help from Tony Conrad). Restocked yet again... Very highly recommended!
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