Luis Camnitzer: Water Clock for Uncertain Times

Luis Camnitzer: Water Clock for Uncertain Times

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Luis Camnitzer
Water Clock for Uncertain Times, 2020
Digital print
24 x 18 inches
Edition of 50

Luis Camnitzer is an artist, educator, and theorist whose work explores the intersectionality of the aesthetic and the political. Since the 1960s, he has employed drawing, printmaking, photography, and installation to address ideologies of freedom, post-colonialism, and the exclusionary nature of the art world, pioneering a more socially engaged approach to conceptual art. For this poster, Camnitzer references the water clock, an ancient device used to measure time through the flow of water from one container to another, combined with a non-functioning minute and hour hands made from simple wooden sticks. The ineffectual timepiece ultimately alludes to this current moment of global uncertainty, when even the most basic social and technological advancements of the last 5,000 years seem to be failing us.

Luis Camnitzer was born in 1937 in Luebeck, Germany. He studied at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, Universidad de la República (1953-56) and Akademieder Bildenden Künste (1957). He has been the subject of many solo exhibitions, including at El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY (1995); The Kitchen, New York, NY (2001); Kunsthalle Kiel, Kiel, Germany (2003); Daros-Latinamerica, Zürich, Switzerland (2010); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain (2018); Centro de Investigação Artística, Lisbon, Portugal (2019); Museo de arte contemporáneo de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (MAR), Buenos Aires, Argentina (2021); and Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (2022). Camnitzer has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the Havana Biennial, Cuba (1991); Whitney Biennial, New York, NY (2000); Documenta, Kassel, Germany (2002); The Disappeared, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND (2005); The End: Analyzing Art in Troubled Times, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA (2009); From Matisse to Bourgéois, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2012); Slow Future, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland (2014); Take Me (I’m Yours), The Jewish Museum, New York, NY (2016); Memory Matters, Skissernas Museum for Public Art, Lund, Sweden (2018); Ideas for Monuments in Tribute to Heroines and Unsung Heroes, El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2020); and Intermingling Flux: Guangzhou Image Triennial 2021, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhao, China (2021); and Juan Francisco Elso: Por América, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ (2023). Camnitzer currently lives and works in Great Neck, NY.

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