James Crump


James Crump made his directorial debut at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival with Black White + Gray, featuring the influential and legendary curator and collector Sam Wagstaff and artist Robert Mapplethorpe. In 2013, Black White + Gray was named among Blouin ArtInfo’s 20 Must-Watch Artist Documentaries. The New York Times called Black White + Gray “a potent exercise in art-world mythography.” Crump’s latest film, Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art premiered at the 2015 New York Film Festival and in Europe at Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy. The film includes rare footage and interviews which unveil the enigmatic lives and careers of storied artists Robert Smithson (Spiral Jetty), Walter De Maria (The Lightning Field) and Michael Heizer (Double Negative); a headstrong troika that established the genre. The Wall Street Journal said “Troublemakers takes its place among the great art documentaries of the past half-century.”

Crump is internationally known for his work with contemporary artists and photographers. From 2008 to 2013, Crump worked at the Cincinnati Art Museum where he was Chief Curator responsible for the organization of several exhibitions and museum publications. He has collaborated with many museums and galleries, including Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, International Center of Photography, the Grey Art Gallery of NYU and The Drawing Center in New York, Princeton University Art Museum, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam and Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany. He has organized exhibitions or published books with artists such as James Welling, Doug and Mike Starn, Doug Aitken, Richard Misrach, Nan Goldin, Ross Bleckner, Lynn Davis, and the estates of Berenice Abbott, Robert Mapplethorpe, Carlo Mollino, Willem De Kooning, Garry Winogrand, and Walker Evans.