In the late 1960s and early 1970s, artists like Michael Heizer and Robert Smithson were doing strange things in the desert. Digging ditches, building spirals of rocks, riding motorcycles in wide circles—they were among a group of contemporary artists using the vastness of the American West to explore a relatively new genre that would come to be known as land art.

An Italian photographer named Gianfranco Gorgoni was there, too. His photographs of these large-scale and hard-to-reach artworks would end up standing in for the pieces themselves, spreading around the world and bringing attention to the dusty artists turning the land into their canvas.

[Image: courtesy Monacelli]

A new exhibition now open at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno brings Gorgoni’s work and his role in growing the land art movement out of the shadows. Gianfranco Gorgoni: Land Art Photographs, features more than 50 photos of major land

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The Summit County Library is throwing an art and photography contest for teenagers in July. Entries, one per teen, are accepted at any library branch from July 1-31. All works will be showcased at the north branch in Silverthorne the first two weeks of August, and the public can vote on their favorite pieces.

Each submission must include the teenager’s name, age and email as well as a short artist statement. Artwork that isn’t photography must include dimensions and materials used.

Photography entries also can be submitted via email to [email protected]. The piece in each category with the most votes will win a people’s choice award while first- and second-place winners in each category will be selected by a panel of Summit County artists.



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By COLLEEN CURRAN, Richmond Times-Dispatch

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts announced a 200,000-square-foot expansion and renovation project that will cost more than $190 million. It is expected to be completed in 2025.

SmithGroup, an international architecture firm with an office in Washington, D.C., has been chosen as the designer of the project.

It is “the largest expansion and renovation project in the history of museum,” said Alex Nyerges, the VMFA’s director and CEO.

This will be the museum’s fifth expansion. The VMFA’s last major expansion was completed in 2010 for the James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Wing with its connecting Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Atrium, E. Claiborne and Lora Robins Sculpture Garden and 600-car parking garage.

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That expansion added 165,000 square feet, providing 50% more gallery space for the museum’s permanent collections, and cost $150 million. It also changed the

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