James Crump

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James Crump
Crump, Los Angeles, 2018
Alma materIndiana University Bloomington
University of New Mexico
  • Director
  • producer
  • writer
Years active2004–present
Notable workBlack 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.[1]

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 Art in America, Artforum, Archives of American Art Journal for the Smithsonian Museum, and Art Review among numerous others. With artists Thomas Struth, Martha Rosler and Omer Fast and other scholars, Crump presented at the Museum of Modern Art's August Sander Project: 2017 [2]


Crump earned a Master of Arts and Ph.D in history of art respectively at Indiana University and University of New Mexico. 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 and Huis Marseille, Amsterdam. He has organized exhibitions or published books with 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,[3] and Walker Evans.


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.[4][5][6][7][8] 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[edit]

Crump wrote, produced and directed Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art.[9][10][11][12][13][14] 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.[15][16] The film released theatrically at IFC Center, New York, January 8, 2016.[17]

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco[edit]

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.[18][19][20][21][22][23] 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 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 in US theaters nationwide September 14, 2018.


Books (as author)[edit]

  • (2013) James Welling: Monograph. Aperture. ISBN 978-1597112093[24]
  • (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.[25][26][27]
  • (2009) Variety: Photographs by Nan Goldin. Skira Rizzoli. ISBN 978-0-8478-3255-2.[28][29][30]
  • (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.[31][32]
  • (1993) George Platt Lynes: Photographs from the Kinsey Institute. Bulfinch Press/Little Brown & Co. ISBN 978-0-8212-1996-6.

Books (as co-author)[edit]

Select books (as editor/publisher)[edit]


  1. ^ Stranger, Antonio Lopez 1970 win at DOC NYC by Daniele Alcinii in Realscreen, November 17 2017
  2. ^ The August Sander Project: 2017, Museum of Modern Art, September 15, 2017
  3. ^ Eyemazing, Artists Issue No. 3 (Autumn 2009) Garry Winogrand: Women Are Beautiful: Interview with James Crump
  4. ^ Earnest Hardy, Art Doc of the Week | Black White + Gray, CRAVEN, August 25, 2015
  5. ^ Stephen Holden, A Collector and His Polaroid Passions, The New York Times, October 19, 2007
  6. ^ Philip Gefter, The Man Who Made Mapplethorpe, The New York Times, April 24, 2007
  7. ^ Jay Weisberg, Review of Black White + Gray, Variety Magazine, May 7, 2007
  8. ^ Tribeca Film Festival Film Guide Archive
  9. ^ Su Wu, A New Documentary Sheds Light on the 'Troublemakers' of Land Art, T Magazine, May 4, 2015
  10. ^ Christopher Bollen, LandArt, Interview Magazine, August 2015
  11. ^ IMDb, Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art, 2015
  12. ^ Laura Hoffmann, James Crump Discusses Troublemakers The Story of Land Art, Artforum, September 2, 2015
  13. ^ Andy Battaglia, Land Art Gets Its Close-Up In New Film, Wall Street Journal September 27, 2015
  14. ^ Eric Gibson, Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art Review, Wall Street Journal October 5, 2015
  15. ^ Spotlight on Documentary at the 53rd New York Film Festival
  16. ^ Gregg Kilday, Laura Poitras, Frederick Wiseman to Screen New Work at New York Film Festival, Hollywood Reporter, August 24, 2015
  17. ^ First Run Features, Troublemakers Opens January 8 in NY
  18. ^ Official site for Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco
  19. ^ Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco, Dogwoof Global, London
  20. ^ Antonio by Staff in Interview, March 2017
  21. ^ The Man Who Seduced Jessica Lange, Jerry Hall and Karl Lagerfeld by Horacio Silva in W, March 2017
  22. ^ Plunge into the Sex-Drenched World of Antonio Lopez by Hannah Bhuiya in Amuse, April 6, 2017
  23. ^ The Art of Seduction by Jasmin Hernandez in Cultured, June 2017
  24. ^ Artforum, (December 2014), Michael Fried, Books: Nine Scholars, Curators, Writers, and Artists Choose the Year's Outstanding Books
  25. ^ Douglas F. Smith, book review Archived 2010-08-27 at the Wayback Machine., Library Journal.
  26. ^ Jörg M. Colberg, book review, Conscientious.
  27. ^ Lenora Jane Estes, book review, Vanity Fair.
  28. ^ Photo District News Notable Books of 2009
  29. ^ Douglas Stockdale, book review, photo-eye Magazine.
  30. ^ Planet°, Sarah Coleman on Variety
  31. ^ Times Literary Supplement (London), March 1, 1996, "Uranian, Ukrainian," Will Eames reviews F. Holland Day: Suffering the Ideal
  32. ^ Interview Magazine (April 1996) "A New Day for an Old Tale," Brad Goldfarb on F. Holland Day: Suffering the Ideal
  33. ^ The August Sander Project: 2017, Museum of Modern Art, September 15, 2017
  34. ^ Daily Beast, The Kings of Kodachrome by Philip Gefter
  35. ^ NPR, The Crusade for Color by Claire O'Neill
  36. ^ 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
  37. ^ Voice, January 19, 1999, "Photo Finish" by Vince Aletti
  38. ^ The New York Times Book Review, Andy Grundberg reviews Harm's Way
  39. ^ Washington Post, Garry Winogrand: Huge Influence, Early Exit by Frank Van Riper
  40. ^ Art Journal, Vol. 63, No. 3 (Autumn 2004) The Evans File by Benjamin Lima
  41. ^ The New York Times Book Review, Andy Grundberg reviews Adam Fuss

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