David Lamelas
A Life Of Their Own

David Lamelas
A Life Of Their Own

03.23— 06.11.18
Opening: Thursday March 22th, 7PM 
Curated by: Kristina Newhouse (University Art Museum, California State University) and María José Herrera (Museo de Arte Tigre)

Malba presents David Lamelas: A Life of Their Own, a monographic exhibition of the Argentine-born pioneer of conceptual art, who initially gained international acclaim for his work in the 1968 Venice Biennale, Office of Information about the Vietnam War at Three Levels: The Visual Image, Text and Audio. Organized alongside the University Art Museum (UAM) of the California State University, Long Beach, USA (CSULB), A Life of Their Own is part of the Getty’s initiative Pacific Standard Time LA/LA project. This project consists in a series of thematic exhibitions focused in exploring the relationship between Latin-American art and the city of Los Angeles through different culture institutions in California.

Works included in the exhibition

– Early sculptures done by Lamelas in the mid-1960s, including El Super Elástico (The Super Elastic, 1965), Conexión de tres espacios (Connection of Three Spaces, 1966), and Situación de tiempo (Situation of Time, 1967)

– Situational and conceptual artworks that Lamelas created in Europe in the late 1960s and early 70s such as Antwerp–Brussels (People + Time) (1969) and “Interview” with Marguerite Duras (1970)

– Experimental narrative, photo-sequences including Lamelas’s iconic Rock Star (Character Appropriation) (1974) and The Violent Tapes of 1975 (1975). 

– Film and video work, including screenings of video works from Lamelas’s decades-long collaboration with Los Angeles-based artist, Hildegarde Duane.

David Lamelas

Buenos Aires, 1946

David Lamelas studied at the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Fine Arts Academy) in Buenos Aires. In 1965 he collaborated alongside Pablo Suárez, Leopoldo Maler, Rodolfo Prayón and Floreal Amor in La menesundahappening-tour by Marta Minujín and Rubén Santantonín. That same year, he participated in the Braque Award, the Honor Ver y Estimar Award (Honor See and Appreciate), and in an exhibition curated by Jorge Romero Brest at Guernica Gallery. In 1966, he received a mention in the Nacional Award from the Torcuato Di Tella Institute and participated one more time in the Honor Ver y Estimar Award. In 1967, he participated in Más allá de la geometríaExperiencias visuales 67 Estructuras primarias II (Beyond Geometry, Visual Experiences 67 and Primary Structures II). That same, year he was distinguished in the IX International San Pablo Biennale alongside Jasper Johns (USA), Carlos Cruz-Diez (Venezuela) and Michelangelo Pistoletto (Italia). In 1968, he obtained a scholarship by the British Council and traveled to London to study at St. Martin´s School of Arts, where he started making video works and films. He participated, also, in Materialesnuevas técnicasnuevas expresiones (Materials, New Techniques, New Expressions) and in the Experiences 68 of the Torcuato Di Tella Institute. He represented Argentina at the XXXIV Venice Biennale and participated in Beyond Geometry: An Extension of Visual-Artistic Language in Our Time at the Center for Inter-American Relations of New York. In 1972 he exhibited at documenta 5, in Kassel. From 1976 onwards he altered his residence between Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Paris and Buenos Aires.