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Michael Heizer

Study for Displaced Mass I

Michael Heizer

Michael Heizer

Study for Displaced Mass I

Study for Displaced Mass I

Michael Heizer

b. 1944

Study for Displaced Mass I


titled and inscribed 

ink and graphite on paper 

58 x 74 cm; 22 ¾ x 29 in.

Executed in 1969.


Please note that the loan of this work has been requested for the Land Art exhibition on view at the MAMCO in Geneva from October 3rd, 2022 to January 29th, 2023. Sotheby's will be pleased to forward it to the successful buyer.

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Michael Heizer

b.1944

Study for Displaced Mass I


titré et inscrit

encre et graphite sur papier

58 x 74 cm; 22 ¾ x 29 in.

Exécuté en 1969.


Veuillez noter qu'une demande de prêt a été formulée pour l'exposition Land Art qui sera visible au MAMCO à Genève du 3 octobre 2022 au 29 janvier 2023. Sotheby's se fera un plaisir de la transmettre l'acquéreur.

The work is attached to the mount with framing tape in the upper left and right corners. The sheet presents slight undulations, certainly due to the artist chosen technique. The edges present handling marks. Upon close inspection a few fingerprints are visible throughout the surface. A light brown stain is visible in the lower right quadrant. Upon very close inspection, two faint vertical fold marks are located in the left half of the sheet. The above mentioned condition is most likely in keeping with the artistic process. The work is in very good original condition.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

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Robert Scull Collection, New York (acquired directly from the artist)

Stéphanie Scull (by descent from the above)

The Mayor Gallery, London

Malle Collection, Paris (acquired from the above in November 2005)

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Collection Robert Scull, New York (acquis directement auprès de l'artiste)

Stéphanie Scull (par descendance du précédent)

The Mayor Gallery, Londres

Collection Malle, Paris (acquis auprès du précédent en novembre 2005)

Exh. Cat. Ludwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Koblenz, Die letzte Freiheit, 16 April - 16 October 2011, p. 79, illustrated

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Cat. Exp. Ludwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Die letzte Freiheit, Coblence, 16 avril - 16 octobre 2011, p. 79, illustré

Robert Scull, known as the "King of the Taxi" in New York, was a renowned collector of Pop Art and Minimal Art. In 1973, Sotheby's Park-Bennett held the first-ever single owner sale of contemporary art, which became famous and opened a new era in the public auction market.

With the proceeds of his sale, Robert Scull began a new collection devoted to Land Art, mainly focused on Walter De Maria, Michael Heizer and Robert Smithson. It was while flying over Amarillo, Texas, for a project commissioned by Robert Scull, "Amarillo Ramp", that Robert Smithson died. Richard Serra and the dealer Tony Shafrazy finished the work.

"Study for Displaced Mass I" is one of the first projects by Michael Heizer of his "Displaced Mass sculptures" which were to weigh 35 tons.


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Robert Scull surnommé le « Roi du Taxi » à New York était un collectionneur de Pop Art et d’art Minimal Art renommé. En 1973, Sotheby’s Park-Bennett organise la toute première vente d’une collection personnelle – single owner sale – d’art contemporain devenue célèbre et qui ouvrira une nouvelle ère au marché des ventes publiques.

Avec le fruit de sa vente, Robert Scull recommença une nouvelle collection consacrée au Land Art principalement concentrée autour de Walter De Maria, Michael Heizer et Robert Smithson. C’est en survolant Amarillo au Texas pour un projet commandé par Robert Scull « Amarillo Ramp » que Robert Smithson trouvera la mort, Richard Serra et le marchand Tony Shafrazy en finiront le chantier.

« Study for Displaced Mass I » est l’un des premiers projets par Michael Heizer de ses « Displaced Mass sculptures » qui devaient peser 35 tonnes.