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David Lamelas Biography

David Lamelas (b. Buenos Aires, 1946) is an internationally recognized pioneer of conceptual art and one of the great protagonists of the Argentinean art scene in the 1960s. Lamelas has explored a great diversity of media, transiting pop, conceptualism and media art throughout a sustained career of more than fifty years. ‘A Life of their Own’, the first monographic exhibition of David’s work in the United states, was presented last year by the University Art Museum of California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) as part of The Getty Foundation’s PST:LA/LA initiative, coinciding with other exhibitions: notably ‘Time as Activity (1969 -2017)’, at Spruth Magers, Los Angeles, and at Museo Reina Sofia Madrid; ‘The Other Side’, at Maccarone, Los Angeles (2017); and . ‘A Life of their Own’, at Museo de Arte Latino Americano in Buenos Aires(2017). Representing his country at the Venice Biennale (1968) and a participant in Documenta de Kassel (1972 and 2017), his numerous awards and grants have included; the Award for Skulpture from the IX Sao Paulo Biennial (1967); a British Arts Council Fellowship (1968); and a Guggenheim Fellowship (New York, 1993), among others. Last month, the Getty Research Institute presented the world premiere of Lamelas’ new short film In Our Time (2018) at the Getty Center. Currently mounted exhibitions include; ‘David Lamelas: a Fiction of Production’ at the Eli and Edythe Broad Museum in at Michigan State University (June 2, 2018 – January 6, 2019) and ‘Murs Plies. Gevouwen Muren’ in Brussels (June 2- July 20, 2018). He lives and works between Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, and Europe.

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