Luis Camnitzer

Born 1937 in Lübeck, DE
Lives and works in New York, US

For Luis Camnitzer art is, above all, an instrument for the expansion of knowledge. As both artist and educator, his practice enquires into the social functions of art, the dual role of the audience as witness and accomplice, as well as networks of language and power. An important medium is the written word, which Camnitzer uses both as tool in his academic and critical writing, and employs as material in his installations and artwork. Consciously positioning himself on the periphery, Camnitzer has maintained the keen eye of the outsider yet never fails to critically engage with the center. His record of international solo exhibitions includes the 4th Havana Biennial, the Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales Montevideo, Uruguay, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Santiago, Chile, and the 43rd Venice Biennale among many others.

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Exhibitions
ECO BOOK, 2011

105 pages, digital prints on paper, 17 x 12 cm each, Edition of 3 with 1 AP (2/3)

ECO BOOK, 2011 (detail)

Digital prints on paper, 17 x 12 cm, Edition of 3 with 1 AP (2/3)

S.S. ATLANTUS, 2008

Digital print, 60 x 90 cm, cement block, glass bowl, sign, dimension variable, Edition of 3 with 1 AP (1/3)

SELF-PORTRAIT, 1968

Etching, 61 x 59 cm Edition of 10 with 1 AP (2/10)

THE ASSIGNMENT BOOK: WRITE THE BIOGRAPHY OF AN IDEA, 2011

Mixed media, dimensions variable with brass plaque, 19 x 24 cm

THE ASSIGNMENT BOOK: ANALYZE THIS STATEMENT: „A LONG TIME AGO THE U.S. BUILT THE GREAT WALL TO CONFINE CHINA, 2011

Mixed media, dimensions variable with brass plaque, 19 x 24 cm

OBJECTS COVERED BY THEIR OWN IMAGE; CAN THE CEASE-FIRE BE SALVAGED?, 1973

Ink and whiteout on paper, 28 x 20,5 cm

OBJECTS COVERED BY THEIR OWN IMAGE; PHNOM-PENH UNDER SIEGE, 1973

Ink and whiteout on paper, 28 x 20,5 cm

FOUR PAGES, 1968

Etching, 61 x 56 cm, Intended edition of 50; Executed edition of 10 with 2 AP (1/10)

LEFTOVER, 1968

Etching, 61 x 62 cm, Intended edition of 50; Executed edition of 10 with 1 AP (1/10)

TAPE, 1968

Etching, 63 x 58 cm, Intended edition of 50; Executed edition of 10 with 1 AP (2/10)

RECONSTITUCION DE UN SALAME, 1969

Etching, 63,5 x 59,5 cm, Intended edition of 50; Executed edition of 5 with 1 AP (5/5)

LAST WORDS, 2008

Pigment prints, 61 x 40,5 cm, Edition of 12 with 1 AP (12/12)

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST, 1991

Fan, thread and pencil, dimensions variable, Edition of 3 with 1 AP (1/3)

TWIN TOWERS, 2002

Two playing cards, 8,8 x 6,6 cm each

THE HISTORY LESSON, 2011

Ten white candles, dimensions variable Edition of 3 with 1 AP (1/3)