May 9, 2011
Christian Marclay’s ‘The Clock’
Housing more than 150,000 works, which span the history of art from ancient times to the contemporary, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LAMCA) is the biggest museum dedicated to art in the western United States.
Since it was established in 1910, LAMCA has been devoted to enlightening the public to some of the most important artworks and artists the world has ever known, and puts on a vast array of exhibitions and public programmes, as well having some of the most modern and innovatory research facilities available in an art museum.
It is therefore hardly surprising that LAMCA attracts almost a million visitors each year.
Such an influential art museum naturally holds many a ‘chef-d’oeuvre’, ranging from pre-Columbian masterpieces, to works by some of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists, including Jose Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera and Frido Kahlo.
The latest piece of artistic genius to get pulses racing at LAMCA is Christian Marclay’s ‘The Clock’.
LAMCA’s director Michael Govan is in negotiations to purchase ‘The Clock’, a 24-hour long love letter to the film industry. Art critic and writer, Geoff Dyer described ‘The Clock’ as a “great and profound essay on film, and what film’s about.”
This truly unique piece of work is a montage of film clips that accurately monitor the passing of time over a 24-hour period.
Naturally, such an inimitable piece of artistic genius attracts a huge crowd of art enthusiasts, with thousands queuing to see ‘The Clock’ in screenings at Paula Cooper in New York earlier this year, and the White Cube Gallery in London in 2010.
‘The Clock’ comes in an edition of six, and New York’s MoMA and the Tate Modern in London are believed to be in negotiations to purchase to other editions of the work.
It has been alleged that LAMCA are willing to spend $400,000 on Christian Marclay’s legendary work.
For information on exhibitions and programmes at LACMA this year visit the website.