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

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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
Arbitrary Objects and Their Titles

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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.


The following comments have been entered at a kiosk available to visitors to the gallery. Only the 10 most recent comments are shown, see more on the comments page.

isabel from tecumseh elementary at 4:56 pm Sunday, December 4, 2011

I found the concept of this exhibition was very interesting. This artist could truly make something out of nothing. His ideas were very open-minded...

12 from Pittsburgh, PA at 3:14 pm Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Great show - well curated. Very glad we made the trip to see it.

renato rodrigues da silva at 11:30 am Friday, November 18, 2011

Great exhibition! Congratulations to the artist and to the Belkin Gallery!

Douglas Kennedy from Vancouver at 11:42 am Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Inteligent , fun , a bit self absorbed, academic, ammusing , lacking love, cute but dry, clever, witty, lacking humanity,

@ Eric Rainey at 1:04 pm Wednesday, November 9, 2011

going to see art is not predominantly about the viewer being pampered... is it?

jamie at 1:03 pm Wednesday, November 9, 2011

loved 'Fenster'... books filling in the space for light.. (fenster=window?) unreadable books... a portrait of the owner who once read (or wanted to read) these now unreadable books.

Eric Rainey from vancuover at 4:29 pm Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Where is the free wine and food? I came all the way from Kits, but was very dissaponited to find that there were no refreshments. I hope that you can correct this very grave oversite before your next exibition.

lynn from around the corner at 2:25 pm Sunday, November 6, 2011

H.P.!!! I really appreciated your sense of humor and profound insight.

Soohee from Vancouver at 12:40 pm Sunday, October 23, 2011

The exhibition was free while one of its content argued that watching without paying is thief's work. And this thief is off now with inspired mind. thx

Luis Adame Quiroga from Mexico at 2:00 pm Friday, October 21, 2011

Una cosa mas....por que tuvo que destruir un libro de Clive Cussler??

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