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Christian Marclay, The Clock

Christian Marclay, The Clock (2010), still from 24-hour video montage [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Feb 13-Apr 12]

The Clock: Christian Marclay

Art Gallery of Alberta
Edmonton AB – Feb 13-Apr 12, 2015

Christian Marclay’s The Clock (2010) was an instant sensation upon its debut at London’s White Cube in 2010. Five years on, it remains among the world’s most talked about works of art. Critics have described it as “mesmerizing,” “addictive” and “sublime.” The Guardian called it “a masterpiece of our times.”

Like Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds (2010), where the artist commissioned a village in China to sculpt and paint millions of porcelain seed casings for display inside the Tate’s Turbine Hall, and Marina Abramovićs The Artist Is Present (2010) audience stare-down at MOMA, The Clock is a simple idea that required a massive amount of patience and assembly. In this instance, Marclay spent three years montaging film and television clips that contain minute-by-minute references to time. The result is a clock that corresponds to the time of day in which the work is shown.

In recognition of his achievement, the 2011 Venice Biennale awarded Marclay its Golden Lion Award for Best Artist. As part of his acceptance speech, Marclay thanked the jury “for giving The Clock its fifteen minutes” – and so brought to mind that other artist who took simple ideas and both multiplied and serialized them.

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Christian Marclay, The Clock

Christian Marclay, The Clock (2010), still from 24-hour video montage [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Feb 13-Apr 12]

Christian Marclay, The Clock
Christian Marclay, The Clock (2010), still from 24-hour video montage [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Feb 13-Apr 12]

Christian Marclay, The Clock
Christian Marclay, The Clock (2010), still from 24-hour video montage [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Feb 13-Apr 12]


 Tue, Apr 7, 2015