New York

Luis Camnitzer, Fenster, 2001–2002/2010, books, concrete, 27 1/2 x 23 5/8".

Luis Camnitzer, Fenster, 2001–2002/2010, books, concrete, 27 1/2 x 23 5/8".

New York

Luis Camnitzer

El Museo del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue
June 20, 2013–May 29, 2011

Curated by Hans-Michael Herzog

Writing on René Magritte’s famous pairing of an image of a pipe with the phrase CECI N’EST PAS UNE PIPE, Michel Foucault argued that the artist creates an “unravelled calligram,” in which text and image operate not in terms of glib resemblance but as a ruined tautology. This formulation serves as an apt entrée to the work of Uruguayan Conceptual artist Luis Camnitzer, whose photographs, works on paper, installations, and mixed-media sculptures often force art, politics, and the viewing subject into similarly untenable semiotic confrontations. This exhibition and its accompanying catalogue offer an opportunity to revisit Camnitzer’s more oblique investigations into language and perception through some fifty works made between the mid-1960s and the present, drawn primarily from the Daros Collection in Zurich, where the show premiered in spring 2010.