Exhibition

Luis Camnitzer: Forewords and Last Words

January 28, 2011 - April 18, 2011
Kemper Art Museum

Luis Camnitzer: Forewords and Last Words presents a selection of prints, multiples, and artist’s books by renowned conceptual artist Luis Camnitzer, highlighting his longstanding engagement with the print medium as well as his distinctive interweaving of wordplay, wit, and sociopolitical critique. The installation recognizes Luis Camnitzer’s Printmaker Emeritus Award, conferred by the Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) on the occasion of the 41st Annual SGCI Conference, hosted by Washington University from March 16–19, 2011.

Curated by Buzz Spector, Dean of the College and Graduate School of Art and Jane Reuter Hitzeman and Herbert F. Hitzeman, Jr., Professor of Art, this exhibition will remain on view from January 28 to April 18, 2011.

About the Artist

Luis Camnitzer was born in Germany in 1937, grew up in Montevideo, and has lived and worked in New York since 1964. He is internationally recognized not only as a pioneer of conceptual art, but as a critic, educator, and art theorist as well. His work has been shown in noted exhibitions and institutions, including solo shows at the Galería Ruth Benzacar, Argentina; The Kitchen and El Museo del Barrio, New York; List Visual Arts Center at M.I.T., Cambridge, MA; and Museo Carillo Gil, Mexico City. Retrospectives of his work have been presented at Lehman College Art
Gallery in the Bronx, NY (1991) and Kunsthalle Kiel, Germany (2003), as well as at the Daros Museum in Zürich (2010), which will travel to El Museo del Barrio, New York (2011). His work has appeared in biennials and group shows, including Information (1970), The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Biennial of Havana, Cuba (1984, 1986, and 1991); Whitney Biennial (2000), Documenta 11 (2002), and Beyond Geometry (2005) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In addition to his work as an internationally acclaimed sculptor and printmaker, Camnitzer was one of the original founders of the New York Graphic Workshop and served as curator for the Viewing Program at The Drawing Center. He is currently Professor Emeritus at SUNY College at Old Westbury and the pedagogical curator of the Iberé Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He is a frequent contributor to ArtNexus, and wrote New Art of Cuba (1994, 2003) and Conceptualism in Latin American Art: Didactics of Liberation (2007).

Exhibition Credit

Support for Luis Camnitzer: Forewords and Last Words is provided by Bunny and Charles Burson, Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, and members of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

Image Credit

Luis Camnitzer, from the Uruguayan Torture Series, 1983-84. Photoengravings, 29 1/2 x 21 11/16”. Courtesy of Alexander Gray Associates, New York, NY.

Luis Camnitzer, Last Words, 2008.  Archival digital print on paper, 6 parts, 66 x 44" each.  Edition of 3 with 1 AP.  Courtesy of Alexander Gray Associates, New York.

Luis Camnitzer, Tres Elementos (Three Elements), 1973. 3 Brass plates, 8” x 10” each. Courtesy of Alexander Gray Associates, New York, NY.