Born in 1955 in San Rafael, California, Christian Marclay is an American leading music composer, sound, and visual artist. His artworks often explore the relationships between film, video, photography, noise, and sound, uniting these media through his multi-disciplinary approach. Marclay’s audio works include sculptures like Virtuoso (1999) and sound-based art installations based on music records grafted together.
His visual artworks include Guitar Drag (2000), a depiction of a guitar’s destruction that paid homage to the killing of James Byrd Jr., and the 2002 Video Quartet, a multi-screen projection that featured past clips of musicians and actors playing instruments or making sounds.
Marclay has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Kunsthaus Zürich, the Centre Pompidou, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Consisting of hundreds of Hollywood film clips depicting time in real-time as it plays, Christian Marclay’s The Clock was quite revolutionary at its release. The 24-hour montage of film and TV clips featuring clocks and watches was designed to be functional in that it actually told the time. As a result, visitors were led …
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Christian Marclay’s Telephones, created in 1995, was a skilfully edited arrangement of black-and-white, as well as color film clips that highlighted different subjects utilizing an array of telephones, all designed before the smartphone era that we live in today. At the time of its release, technology was just reaching its peak, which is why …
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Christian Marclay’s installation at Palais de Tokyo After spending a whopping $26 million on renovations, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris is now the largest contemporary art center in Europe. It has four levels and is as big as three football fields. With plenty of space, they have creatively allowed the building itself to become …
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