Current Projects

Projects currently underway by Fox include "The Desert Aerial", including revised and expanded essays on Michael Light, David Maisel (photo), Will Roger, Julia Anand and Damon Sauer, and Trevor Paglen.
Tailings Pond 2, Minera Centinela, Copper Mine, Antofagasta Region, Atacama Desert, Chile. David Maisel

While working on the Heizer book for three years, I continued to write essays for a number of artists from Iceland to Australia, which included several photographers working above the American deserts. As a result, I’m now assembling The Desert Aerial, which so far includes revised and expanded essays on Michael Light, David Maisel, Will Roger, Julia Anand and Damon Sauer, and Trevor Paglen. I haven’t yet sought out a publisher for the book.


The Hörnli arete of the Matterhorn. 
Julius Silver
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The Hörnli arete of the Matterhorn.
Julius Silver (CC BY-SA 4.0)

I also have a larger project currently underway, The Invention of the Vertical: Art and the Swiss Alps. Fieldwork for this book started in 2014 with an inquiry into how contemporary art is being used to shape Switzerland’s “brandscape.” Then in 2018 I participated in a two-week seminar on Land Art in the Alps. I’ll spend this September in Switzerland to conduct a third round of visits to artworks in both museums and throughout the landscape, after which I’ll be writing.


Artist Nate Reifke at Sagehen, 2016.
Artist Nate Reifke at Sagehen, 2016.

Since 2012 the Center for Art+ Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art has been working on a unique artists-in-residence program with the UC Berkeley Sagehen Creek Field Station based eight-and-a-half miles north of Truckee. I’m curating an exhibition at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC about the program that will open in spring 2020. Here’s a link to the Sagehen program.

And here’s a link to the Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences.

Look forward to more updates here once the Heizer book appears.

Bill Fox

New book, “Michael Heizer: The Once and Future Monuments”

The first major assessment of Michael Heizer, a titan of American art

I hope you enjoy this new website. The upcoming release of my newest book, Michael Heizer: The Once and Future Monuments prompted the need for a refreshed online presence. This book is scheduled for release late summer, 2019; you can pre-order through Amazon on my book page.

Bill Fox


The publisher describes the book as follows:

"Michael Heizer: The Once and Future Monuments", by William L. Fox. First major assessment of Michael Heizer, a titan of American art.

Embedding voids and forms into the landscape of the American West and beyond, Michael Heizer pioneered a sculptural vocabulary that reverberates with the dimensions of ruins, memorials, and other sites of the artificial sublime. Michael Heizer: The Once and Future Monuments is an excavation into the artist’s past, situating his practice in a vast continuum of works stretching back to prehistory, tracing the influence of his own early initiations into the world of archaeology, and documenting his impact on the evolving sphere of Land Art. Positing his massively scaled and rough-hewn output as an emerging kind of ritual discipline somewhere between art and architecture, author William L. Fox presents a major and long overdue assessment of this titan of American art whose monumental works continue to provoke and stimulate.

Monacelli Press, New York