Christian Marclay

Swiss-American, b. 1955

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Christian Marclay

Swiss-American, b. 1955

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Christian Marclay transforms sounds and music into visible, physical form through a prolific range of performances, collages, sculptures, installations, photographs, and videos. “I’ve always been interested in how sound is visualized,” he explains. Marclay began exploring sound in 1979, in performances in which he would manipulate turntables, playing them as if they were traditional instruments. More recently, he has explored his interest in a related abstract concept—time—by compiling clips from an enormous range of films into a 24-hour, single-channel video titled The Clock (2010). Part working timepiece (it runs in sync with the local time zone), part aural and visual montage (the work includes snatches of dialogue about time and sounds and images of every kind of clock imaginable), the film is a meditation both on time and the depiction of it.

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High auction record
$550k, Sotheby's, 2016
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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 14 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 11 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
Biography

Christian Marclay transforms sounds and music into visible, physical form through a prolific range of performances, collages, sculptures, installations, photographs, and videos. “I’ve always been interested in how sound is visualized,” he explains. Marclay began exploring sound in 1979, in performances in which he would manipulate turntables, playing them as if they were traditional instruments. More recently, he has explored his interest in a related abstract concept—time—by compiling clips from an enormous range of films into a 24-hour, single-channel video titled The Clock (2010). Part working timepiece (it runs in sync with the local time zone), part aural and visual montage (the work includes snatches of dialogue about time and sounds and images of every kind of clock imaginable), the film is a meditation both on time and the depiction of it.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$550k, Sotheby's, 2016
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 14 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 11 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 5 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
Shows Featuring Christian Marclay
Articles Featuring Christian Marclay
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Feb 24th, 2015
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Jan 19th, 2015
A Group Show Considers Kafka’s ‘Amerika’ and Otherness in Art
Oct 22nd, 2014
My Highlights from the IFPDA Print Fair 2013
Oct 29th, 2013
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