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Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria, Meteor Crater, Arizona, 1968. Photo: Michael Heizer.

WALTER AND I MET IN NEW YORK CITY in 1966 or 1967 at his Howard Street studio. I was spray-painting industrial warehouses. A few artists called me to paint their lofts in what later was called SoHo. I think I sprayed Billy Copley’s loft, and I think he told Walter about me. Walter got a good job, with minimum varnoline solvent and maximum superwhite alkyd from Harry’s Greenwich Paints. I sprayed Lee Lozano’s and Neil Williams’s lofts and the Fluxus building for George Maciunas along with my usual slumlord work.

Walter and I seemed to have much in common as artists in spite of our ten-year age difference. We began to talk a lot, and he came to my studio and saw my negative North, East, South, West model and drawings of negative sculptures. He showed me his “invisible” drawings barely depicting landscape and earth words like mountain, valley, tree, etc., and his Fluxus treatise

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