Christian Marclay, ‘Geneva’, 1995, Swiss Institute Benefit Auction 2015

Christian Marclay has composed, recorded, and performed music throughout his prolific, highly influential career. The focus of his varied, multimedia art practice investigates the visualization of sound and the passing of time. Marclay’s Geneva is itself a tongue-in-cheek encapsulation of the artist’s extended oeuvre. Raised in Geneva, the photograph is situated in Marclay’s biography, providing a brief snapshot of his wider interest in music. Marclay is represented by White Cube Gallery, London, has participated in the Whitney Biennial, and was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2011 for his seminal video work, The Clock.

Signature: Artist signature, title, date and edition number verso

Image rights: Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

About Christian Marclay

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.

Swiss-American, b. 1955, San Rafael, California, based in New York, New York