Crump, Los Angeles, 2018
|Alma mater||Indiana University Bloomington|
University of New Mexico
|Black White + Gray, Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art, Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco|
James Crump is an award-winning American film director, writer and producer and acclaimed art historian and curator whose recent films include Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival; Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art which premiered at the New York Film Festival with The Wall Street Journal declaring "takes its place among the great art documentaries of the past half century"; and Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco, winner of the Metropolis Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 DOC NYC Film Festival.
An acclaimed art historian and curator, Crump is also the author or co-author of numerous books and has published widely in the fields of modern and contemporary art. His critical texts have appeared in ArtReview, Art in America, Artforum and Archives of American Art Journal for the Smithsonian Museum, among numerous others. With artists Thomas Struth, Martha Rosler and Omer Fast among others, Crump presented at the Museum of Modern Art's August Sander Project: 2017 
Crump earned a Master of Arts and Ph.D in history of art respectively at Indiana University (1993) and University of New Mexico (1996). He has collaborated with a host of museums and galleries, including Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, the Grey Art Gallery of NYU, Princeton University Art Museum and Huis Marseille, Amsterdam. He has organized exhibitions or published books with James Welling, Doug and Mike Starn, Nan Goldin, Ross Bleckner, Lynn Davis, and the estates of Berenice Abbott, Robert Mapplethorpe, Carlo Mollino, Willem de Kooning, Garry Winogrand, and Walker Evans.
Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe
Crump directed the feature-length documentary film Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe , which premiered in North America at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and in Europe at Art Basel. 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.
Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art
Crump wrote, produced and directed Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art. 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. The film released theatrically at IFC Center, New York, January 8, 2016.
Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco
Written, produced and directed by Crump, this documentary film concerns Antonio Lopez (1943-1987), the Puerto Rican-born, Harlem- and Bronx-raised, bisexual fashion illustrator of 1970s New York and Paris, and his colorful and sometimes outrageous milieu. Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco premiered at the 2017 BFI London Film Festival and subsequently was awarded the 2017 DOC NYC Metropolis Grand Jury Prize and the 2018 Cinéfashion Film Award for Best Fashion Feature Film. The film released theatrically in the United States at IFC Center, New York, September 14, 2018, Laemmle Theatres Royal Theatre, Los Angeles, September 21, 2018 and over twenty other major US markets It became available on iTunes Store, Amazon Prime Video and Vudu January 2019 and subsequently began airing on the premium cable and satellite television network Starz May 2019. The film qualified for consideration for the 2018 Academy Awards Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
Spit Earth: Who is Jordan Wolfson?
Crump's latest film, Spit Earth: Who is Jordan Wolfson? is a feature documentary which Artnet News called a "searing psychological portrait" of the controversial and divisive artist. Due to the conditions wrought on the film industry by the COVID-19 health crisis, the film was released worldwide on the leading streaming platforms May 1, 2020.
- (2013) James Welling: Monograph. Aperture. ISBN 978-1597112093
- (2012) Doug and Mike Starn: Gravity of Light. Skira Rizzoli. ISBN 978-0-8478-3897-4.
- (2010) Walker Evans: Decade by Decade. Hatje Cantz. ISBN 978-3-7757-2491-3.
- (2009) Variety: Photographs by Nan Goldin. Skira Rizzoli. ISBN 978-0-8478-3255-2.
- (2007) Albert Watson. Phaidon Press Limited. ISBN 978-0-7148-4755-9.
- (1995) F. Holland Day: Suffering the Ideal. Twin Palms Publishers. ISBN 978-0-944092-33-0.
- (1993) George Platt Lynes: Photographs from the Kinsey Institute. Bulfinch Press/Little Brown & Co. ISBN 978-0-8212-1996-6.
- (Forthcoming 2021) August Sander Project, Museum of Modern Art.
- (2014) Carlo Mollino: Polaroids, second edition. Damiani. ISBN 978-8862083782.
- (2013) It's Modern: The Eye and Visual Influence of Alexander Liberman. Rizzoli. ISBN 978-0847840717.
- (2012) Herb Ritts: L.A. Style. J. Paul Getty Museum. ISBN 978-1-60606-100-8.
- (2011) High Heels: Fashion, Femininity and Seduction. Thames & Hudson. ISBN 978-0-500-51572-3.
- (2010) Starburst: Color Photography in America 1970–1980. Hatje Cantz. ISBN 978-3-7757-2490-6.
- (2004) Meridel Rubenstein: Belonging: Los Alamos to Vietnam. St. Ann's Press. ISBN 978-0-9753302-0-3.
- (1998) When We Were Three: The Travel Albums of George Platt Lynes, Monroe Wheeler and Glenway Wescott. Arena Editions. ISBN 978-0-9657280-4-1.
- (1994) Harm's Way: Lust & Madness, Murder & Mahem. Twin Palms Publishers. ISBN 978-0-944092-28-6.
Select books (as editor/publisher)
- (2002) Garry Winogrand: 1964. Arena Editions. ISBN 978-1-892041-62-3.
- (2002) Berenice Abbott/Eugène Atget. Arena Editions. ISBN 978-1-892041-63-0.
- (2002) Carlo Mollino: Polaroids. Arena Editions. ISBN 978-1-892041-60-9.
- (2001) Robert Mapplethorpe: Autoportrait. Arena Editions. ISBN 978-1-892041-41-8.
- (2001) Richard Misrach: Golden Gate. Arena Editions. ISBN 978-1-892041-41-8.
- (2000) Richard Misrach: Sky Book. Arena Editions. ISBN 978-1-892041-28-9.
- (2000) Walker Evans: The Lost Work. Arena Editions. ISBN 978-1-892041-29-6.
- (1999) Bruce Weber: Chop Suey Club. Arena Editions. ISBN 978-1-892041-19-7.
- (1999) Peter Beard: Fifty Years of Portraits. Arena Editions. ISBN 978-1-892041-15-9.
- (1999) Robert Mapplethorpe: Pictures. Arena Editions. ISBN 978-1-892041-16-6.
- (1998) Ross Bleckner: Watercolor. Arena Editions. ISBN 978-0-9657280-9-6.
- (1998) Lynn Davis: Monument. Arena Editions. ISBN 978-1-892041-07-4.
- (1998) Willem de Kooning: Drawing Seeing/Seeing Drawing. Arena Editions. ISBN 978-0-9657280-8-9
- (1998) Vik Muniz: Seeing is Believing. Arena Editions. ISBN 978-1-892041-00-5.
- (1997) Adam Fuss. Arena Editions. ISBN 978-1-891024-91-7.
- Eric Gibson, Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art Review, Wall Street Journal October 5, 2015
- Stranger, Antonio Lopez 1970 win at DOC NYC by Daniele Alcinii in Realscreen, November 17 2017
- IMDb James Crump Awards
- Artforum, (December 2014), Michael Fried, Books: Nine Scholars, Curators, Writers, and Artists Choose the Year's Outstanding Books
- James Crump, Museum Exhibition Catalogues, Monographs, Artist's Projects, Curatorial Writings and Essays, artbook@
- James Crump, "To the Ends of the Earth," ArtReview, Vol. LIV, October 2004, pp. 79-85.
- James Crump, "Photography: Visions the Eye Can't See," Art in America, Vol. 83, No. 3, March 1995, p. 61.
- Laura Hoffmann, James Crump Discusses Troublemakers The Story of Land Art, Artforum, September 2, 2015
- James Crump, "Art of Acquisition: The Eye of Sam Wagstaff," Archives of American Art Journal, Vol. 46, No. 3/4 (2007), pp. 4-13
- The August Sander Project: 2017, Museum of Modern Art, September 15, 2017
- Walker Evans. Ein Lebenswerk, 25. Juli bis 9. November 2014 im Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
- James Welling: Monograph, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, September 29, 2013-January 12, 2014
- Review/Photographer; Another Side of a Life's Work, Elegantly Revealed, Charles Hagen, New York Times, September 24, 1993
- Starburst: Color Photography in America 1970-1980 @Princeton
- Walker Evans / Decade by Decade, Huis Marseille Museum voor Fotografie, 22 June 2013-1 September 2013
- James Crump, James Welling: Monograph (New York: Aperture, 2013)
- James Crump (ed.) Doug + Mike Starn: Gravity of Light (New York, Rizzoli, 2012
- James Crump, Variety: Photographs by Nan Goldin (New York: Skira Rizzoli, 2009)
- Miss Rosen, "Remembering Robert Mapplethorpe Through Stories From Those Who Knew Him," AnotherMan, January 24, 2019.
- Carlo Mollino: Polaroids, Artsy, October 17, 2014
- Eyemazing, Artists Issue No. 3 (Autumn 2009) Garry Winogrand: Women Are Beautiful: Interview with James Crump
- Earnest Hardy, Art Doc of the Week | Black White + Gray, CRAVEN, August 25, 2015
- Stephen Holden, A Collector and His Polaroid Passions, The New York Times, October 19, 2007
- Philip Gefter, The Man Who Made Mapplethorpe, The New York Times, April 24, 2007
- Jay Weisberg, Review of Black White + Gray, Variety Magazine, May 7, 2007
- Tribeca Film Festival Film Guide Archive
- Su Wu, A New Documentary Sheds Light on the 'Troublemakers' of Land Art, T Magazine, May 4, 2015
- Christopher Bollen, LandArt, Interview Magazine, August 2015
- IMDb, Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art, 2015
- Andy Battaglia, Land Art Gets Its Close-Up In New Film, Wall Street Journal September 27, 2015
- Spotlight on Documentary at the 53rd New York Film Festival
- Gregg Kilday, Laura Poitras, Frederick Wiseman to Screen New Work at New York Film Festival, Hollywood Reporter, August 24, 2015
- First Run Features, Troublemakers Opens January 8 in NY
- Katie Walsh,"Review: Documentary 'Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco' Captures Wild Times of Influential Illustrator, Los Angeles Times, September 20, 2018
- Vincent Boucher, "'Sex Fashion & Disco': Looking Back at Fashion Illustrator Antonio Lopez's Life and Career," Hollywood Reporter, November 17, 2017
- Official site for Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco
- Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco, Dogwoof Global, London
- Antonio by Staff in Interview, March 2017
- The Man Who Seduced Jessica Lange, Jerry Hall and Karl Lagerfeld by Horacio Silva in W, March 2017
- The Art of Seduction by Jasmin Hernandez in Cultured, June 2017
- "IFC Center - Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco".
- "Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco - Laemmle.com". www.laemmle.com.
- Film Movement, Theatrical Playdates, Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco
- "Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco on iTunes" – via itunes.apple.com.
- Denise Petski, "Starz Acquires Four New Documentaries for Premiere in the Spring," Deadline, January 10, 2019
- Erik Pedersen, "Oscars: 166 Films Vying In Feature Documentary Race," Deadline, November 8, 2018
- Spit Earth: Who is Jordan Wolfson?, IMDb
- Artnet News
- Spit Earth: Who is Jordan Wolfson? Official film website
- Douglas F. Smith, book review Archived 2010-08-27 at the Wayback Machine, Library Journal.
- Jörg M. Colberg, book review, Conscientious.
- Lenora Jane Estes, book review, Vanity Fair.
- Photo District News Notable Books of 2009
- Douglas Stockdale, book review, photo-eye Magazine.
- Planet°, Sarah Coleman on Variety
- Times Literary Supplement (London), March 1, 1996, "Uranian, Ukrainian," Will Eames reviews F. Holland Day: Suffering the Ideal
- Interview Magazine (April 1996) "A New Day for an Old Tale," Brad Goldfarb on F. Holland Day: Suffering the Ideal
- The August Sander Project: 2017, Museum of Modern Art, September 15, 2017
- Daily Beast, The Kings of Kodachrome by Philip Gefter
- NPR, The Crusade for Color by Claire O'Neill
- 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
- Voice, January 19, 1999, "Photo Finish" by Vince Aletti
- The New York Times Book Review, Andy Grundberg reviews Harm's Way
- Washington Post, Garry Winogrand: Huge Influence, Early Exit by Frank Van Riper
- Art Journal, Vol. 63, No. 3 (Autumn 2004) The Evans File by Benjamin Lima
- The New York Times Book Review, Andy Grundberg reviews Adam Fuss
- Official website
- James Crump on IMDb
- The Look of '70s SoHo—Captured in One Apartment by Mary Kaye Schilling in T Magazine, February 9, 2017
- James Crump In Conversation With Michèle Lamy, Vogue Germany (German), June 2018
- Looking for the Unexpected: A Portrait of James Crump, Filmmaker, by Miss Rosen in Jugular Italy (English), Issue 3, November 2019, pp. 69-81