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  1. Luis Camnitzer, Landscape as an Attitude, 1979. b/w photograph, 28.1 x 35.5 cm.
    Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich.
    Photo: Peter Schälchli, Zürich.

Luis Camnitzer

September 30 - December 4, 2011

Reception Thursday, September 29, 7 - 9 pm

Symposium Thursday - Friday, September 29 - 30
The Future of the Contemporary

Koerner Library September 26 - December 31, 2011
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Until recently, Luis Camnitzer has been an insider’s tip in the field of conceptual art. This solo exhibition features some seventy works created since 1966, offering visitors a close look at the Uruguayan artist who may be considered one of the art world’s key figures in the second half of the 20th century.

Born in 1937 in Lübeck, Germany, Camnitzer emigrated with his Jewish parents to Montevideo, Uruguay in 1939. He moved to New York at 27, where he remains, creating works of unprejudiced synthesis of various cultures. He has made his mark internationally not only as an artist, critic, educator, and art theorist. Formally allied with the American Conceptualists and Minimalists of the 1960s and 1970s, over the past fifty years Camnitzer has developed an essentially autonomous oeuvre, recognizable by its acutely observed detail, its acerbic wit, as well as by its socio-political commitment.

Included in the exhibition at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is a billboard project placed on the outside wall of the gallery and an installation at Walter C. Koerner Library, Main floor, 1958 Main Mall at the University of British Columbia. This retrospective of Camnitzer’s work displays a pyrotechnical intellect, an unusually coherent and principled corpus that is at the same time imbued with a rakish charm and poetic maturity.

This exhibition has been organized by Daros Lantinamerica, Zürich, and curated by Hans-Michael Herzog and Katrin Steffen.


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