A Blade of Grass Author
Luis Camnitzer is a Uruguayan who has lived in the USA 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 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 an Honorary Member of the Academy in Florence. In 1998, he received the “Latin American Art Critic of the Year” award from the Argentine Association of Art Critics; in 2002, the Konex Mercosur Award in visual arts for Uruguay; and in 2011, the College Art Association’s Frank Jewitt Mather Award and Southeastern Graphics Council International’s Printer Emeritus Award, respectively. In both 2010 and 2014, he received the National Literature Award for Art Essays in Uruguay. In 2012, he was awarded the Skowhegan Medal, and a USA Ford Fellowship. He represented Uruguay in the Venice Biennale in 1988, participated in the Liverpool Biennial in 1999 and 2003, the Whitney Biennial in 2000, and Documenta 11 in 2003. He was the Pedagogical Curator of the 6th Bienal del Mercosur in 2007. His work is in the collections of over forty museums, among them the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas; Museu de Arte Contemporânea, São Paulo; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, and the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo de Costa Rica. He is the author of New Art of Cuba, University of Texas Press, 1994/2004; Arte y Enseñanza: La ética del poder, Casa de América, Madrid, 2000; Didactics of Liberation: Conceptualist Art in Latin America, University of Texas Press, 2007; and On Art, Artists, Latin America and Other Utopias, University of Texas Press, 2010.