New York

Luis Camnitzer

Lehman College

Luis Camnitzer’s first retrospective in the U. S. afforded a long-overdue look at the career of this Conceptual artist who has constantly positioned himself outside of the mainstream. Born in Germany and raised in a Jewish community in Uruguay, Camnitzer moved permanently to the U.S. in 1964 and stayed here when his country fell to a military dictatorship. For Camnitzer, art has always constituted a place from which to articulate resistance, and his work has offered a constant critique both of political oppression in Latin America and of the art market.

First known as a printmaker, Camnitzer abandoned his early proclivity for expressionism in order to focus on the medium’s potential to reach a mass audience. “Adhesive Labels,” 1966–67, in which random sentences were printed on labels and posted publicly, a full decade before Jenny Holzer plastered her “Truisms” on outdoor walls in downtown

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