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Luis Camnitzer, Landscape as an Attitude (1979)

Luis Camnitzer, Landscape as an Attitude (1979), b/w photograph [Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 30-Dec 4] Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich / Photo: Peter Schälchli, Zürich

Luis Camnitzer

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – Sep 30-Dec 4, 2011

Luis Camnitzer is a prominent conceptual artist originally from Uruguay. Over the past 50 years he has created a body of work rooted in the American Conceptualist movement of the 1960s and 1970s. A true artist’s artist, his unique work has employed installation, printmaking, drawing and photography in a distinctive and autonomous take on Conceptualism that incorporates multiculturalism and acerbic wit.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a symposium entitled The Future of the Contemporary featuring lectures and panel discussions with critics, artists and curators from North and South America, Europe, Africa and India, is scheduled for September 29-30 at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

Since 1964, the German-born critic, educator, art theorist and activist has lived in in the New York City area. Retrospectives of his work have been held at Kunsthalle Kiel, Germany (2003), Daros Museum, Zürich (2010), and El Museo del Barrio, New York (2011). Biennials and group shows have included the the Venice Biennial (1988); the Havana Biennial (1984, 1986, 1991); Whitney Biennial (2000); Documenta XI (2002), and Beyond Geometry (2005) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He is the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships.

The Belkin exhibition has been curated from Daros Latinamerica, Zürich, the world’s largest institutional collector of Camnitzer's work. It features 70 pieces dating from 1966 and provides an overview of his humorous yet biting approach to art making. Included in the exhibition is a billboard project placed on the outside wall of the gallery that will remain installed after the exhibition closes.


Mia Johnson

 Sun, Sep 4, 2011