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Luis Camnitzer

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Luis Camnitzer is a Uruguayan artist who was born in Germany in 1937. He immigrated to Uruguay when he was one and has lived in the United States since 1964. He is a Professor Emeritus of Art at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury. He graduated in sculpture from the Instituto Escuela de Bellas Artes, Universidad de la República, Uruguay, where he also studied architecture. He received a Guggenheim fellowship for printmaking in 1961 and for visual arts in 1982. In 1965 he was declared Honorary Member of the Academy in Florence. In 1988 he represented Uruguay in the Venice Bienniale. He received the “Latin American Art Critic of the Year” award from the Argentine chapter of the International Association of Art Critics in 1998; the Konex Mercosur Award in the visual arts for Uruguay in 2002; and the Frank Jewett Mather Award of the College Art Association and the Printer Emeritus Award of the Southeastern Graphics Council International (SGCI) in 2011. He received the National Literature Award for Art Essays in Uruguay in 2010 and 2014. He was awarded both the Skowhegan Medal and the USA Ford Fellow award in 2012. He participated in the Liverpool Biennial in 1999 and in 2003, the Whitney Biennial in 2000, and Documenta 11 in 2003. His work is in the collections of more than forty museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas; Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires; and Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo de Costa Rica. He is the author of: New Art of Cuba (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1994/2004); Arte y Enseñanza: La ética del poder (Madrid: Casa de América, 2000), Didactics of Liberation: Conceptualist Art in Latin America (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2007), and On Art, Artists, Latin America and Other Utopias (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010).