Luis Camnitzer

Carla Stellweg Gallery

Luis Camnitzer’s work has often seemed a bit understated. His often tiny objects are graceful, yet seem to promise great moment without necessarily bringing it off convincingly. “The Book of Walls,” a linked series of 11 works, while attractive enough in its muted violence, suffers from such thinness. The work deals with the political struggles in Latin America and, in particular, amnesty laws passed to protect South American military and police officials from prosecution in countries like Uruguay, where the artist was raised.

The individual works, with titles like El Muro de las Intimaciones (Wall of intimations, 1994–95), El Muro de la Incredulidad (Wall of incredulity, 1994–95), and El Muro de las Salidas (Wall of exits, 1994–95), are modestly scaled wall-mounted sculptures (or assemblages) of various materials, sometimes found, sometimes hand-worked by the artist. El Muro de las Metas

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