James Crump

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James Crump at the Tribeca Film Festival where his documentary Black White + Gray premiered.

James Crump is a director and filmmaker and art historian. He wrote, produced and directed the documentary films, Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe (2007) and Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art (2015).


From 2008 to 2013, Crump worked at the Cincinnati Art Museum where as Chief Curator he managed seven curatorial departments and the organization of several exhibitions and museum publications. He has collaborated with a host of museums and galleries, including Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, 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 such artists 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,[1] and Walker Evans.

Before completing his Ph.D. in history of art, he was Associate Curator of Photography at the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, where he oversaw a collection of over 50,000 photographic prints and organized the exhibition George Platt Lynes: Photographs from the Kinsey Institute.[2][3] From 1996 to 2003, Crump was founding director and CEO of Arena Editions, a publisher of illustrated books.[4][5][6] Crump's work has most recently been published in Aperture, Archives of American Art Journal for the Smithsonian Museum, Art Review, Art in America, Print, and History of Photography.


Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe[edit]

Crump directed the feature-length documentary film Black White + Gray, which premiered in North America at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and in Europe at Art Basel.[7][8][9][10][11] It explores the influence curator Sam Wagstaff, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and musician/poet Patti Smith had on art in New York City in the 1970s. It began airing on the Sundance Channel in March 2008. It was named one of the 100 Best Films of 2008 by The Times, London [12] and in 2013 named among Blouin ArtInfo's 20 Must-Watch Artist Documentaries.[13]

Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art[edit]

Crump wrote, produced and directed Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art.[14][15][16][17][18][19] Set in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest, this feature documentary film unearths the history of land art during the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. Troublemakers was one of twelve documentary films selected by the 53rd New York Film Festival, September 25–October 11, 2015.[20][21] The film released theatrically at IFC Center, New York, January 8, 2016.[22]

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco[edit]

In January 2016, filming commenced on Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco. Written, produced and directed by Crump, this documentary film concerns Antonio Lopez (1943-1987), the Puerto Rican-born, Bronx-raised, bisexual fashion illustrator of 1970s New York and Paris, and his colorful and sometimes outrageous milieu.[23][24][25][26][27] In addition to Lopez, the film features Jessica Lange, Jerry Hall, Bob Colacello, Grace Jones, Grace Coddington, Tina Chow, Patti D'Arbanville, Karl Lagerfeld, Juan Ramos, Bill Cunningham, Jane Forth, Yves Saint Laurent, Donna Jordan, Paul Caranicas, Joan Juliet Buck, Corey Tippin and Michael Chow among others. Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco releases in 2017.


Books (as author)[edit]

Books (as co-author)[edit]

Select books (as editor/publisher)[edit]


  1. ^ Eyemazing, Artists Issue No. 3 (Autumn 2009) Garry Winogrand: Women Are Beautiful: Interview with James Crump
  2. ^ Art Journal, Vol. 53, No. 2 (Summer 1994) Exhibition Review, Personality versus Physique by Melody D. Davis
  3. ^ Charles Hagen reviews the exhibition George Platt Lynes: Photographs from the Kinsey Institute, The New York Times
  4. ^ Riza Cruz, "South by Southwest: Arena Draws a Crowd," Vanity Fair, October 2000.
  5. ^ "James Crump: Keep the Book, Throw Out the Coffee Table", Santa Fe New Mexican, July 6–12, 2001
  6. ^ Arena Editions, ISBNdb
  7. ^ Earnest Hardy, Art Doc of the Week | Black White + Gray, CRAVEN, August 25, 2015
  8. ^ Stephen Holden, A Collector and His Polaroid Passions, The New York Times, October 19, 2007
  9. ^ Philip Gefter, The Man Who Made Mapplethorpe, The New York Times, April 24, 2007
  10. ^ Jay Weisberg, Review of Black White + Gray, Variety Magazine, May 7, 2007
  11. ^ Tribeca Film Festival Film Guide Archive
  12. ^ The Times (London), "The 100 Best Films of 2008"
  13. ^ Blouin ArtInfo, "20 Must-Watch Artist Documentaries"
  14. ^ Su Wu, A New Documentary Sheds Light on the 'Troublemakers' of Land Art, T Magazine, May 4, 2015
  15. ^ Christopher Bollen, LandArt, Interview Magazine, August 2015
  16. ^ IMDb, Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art, 2015
  17. ^ Laura Hoffmann, James Crump Discusses Troublemakers The Story of Land Art, Artforum, September 2, 2015
  18. ^ Andy Battaglia, Land Art Gets Its Close-Up In New Film, Wall Street Journal September 27, 2015
  19. ^ Eric Gibson, Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art Review, Wall Street Journal October 5, 2015
  20. ^ Spotlight on Documentary at the 53rd New York Film Festival
  21. ^ Gregg Kilday, Laura Poitras, Frederick Wiseman to Screen New Work at New York Film Festival, Hollywood Reporter, August 24, 2015
  22. ^ First Run Features, Troublemakers Opens January 8 in NY
  23. ^ Official site for Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco
  24. ^ Antonio by Staff in Interview, March 2017
  25. ^ The Man Who Seduced Jessica Lange, Jerry Hall and Karl Lagerfeld by Horacio Silva in W, March 2017
  26. ^ Plunge into the Sex-Drenched World of Antonio Lopez by Hannah Bhuiya in Amuse, April 6, 2017
  27. ^ The Look of '70s SoHo—Captured in One Apartment by Mary Kaye Schilling in T Magazine, February 9, 2017
  28. ^ Artforum, (December 2014), Michael Fried, Books: Nine Scholars, Curators, Writers, and Artists Choose the Year's Outstanding Books
  29. ^ Douglas F. Smith, book review Archived 2010-08-27 at the Wayback Machine., Library Journal.
  30. ^ Jörg M. Colberg, book review, Conscientious.
  31. ^ Lenora Jane Estes, book review, Vanity Fair.
  32. ^ Photo District News Notable Books of 2009
  33. ^ Douglas Stockdale, book review, photo-eye Magazine.
  34. ^ Planet°, Sarah Coleman on Variety
  35. ^ Times Literary Supplement (London), March 1, 1996, "Uranian, Ukrainian," Will Eames reviews F. Holland Day: Suffering the Ideal
  36. ^ Interview Magazine (April 1996) "A New Day for an Old Tale," Brad Goldfarb on F. Holland Day: Suffering the Ideal
  37. ^ Daily Beast, The Kings of Kodachrome by Philip Gefter
  38. ^ NPR, The Crusade for Color by Claire O'Neill
  39. ^ The New York Times Book Review, Christopher Benfey reviews When We Were Three: The Travel Albums of George Platt Lynes, Monroe Wheeler and Glenway Wescott
  40. ^ Voice, January 19, 1999, "Photo Finish" by Vince Aletti
  41. ^ The New York Times Book Review, Andy Grundberg reviews Harm's Way
  42. ^ Washington Post, Garry Winogrand: Huge Influence, Early Exit by Frank Van Riper
  43. ^ Art Journal, Vol. 63, No. 3 (Autumn 2004) The Evans File by Benjamin Lima
  44. ^ The New York Times Book Review, Andy Grundberg reviews Adam Fuss

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