Luis Camnitzer. Living Room (Living-Comedor), Living Room: Model for an Environment. 1968

Luis Camnitzer Living Room (Living-Comedor), Living Room: Model for an Environment 1968

  • Not on view

Luis Camnitzer's Living Room: Model for an Environment looks like a modest book when closed; unfolded and tied together, it transforms into an architectural model in which the objects (rug, bookshelf, door) are represented, but only by name. This early example of text-based art reflects Camnitzer’s discovery, he said, "that a written description of a visual situation was as effective as an image." The following year, he realized a life-size version of Living Room, modeled on this book.

The New York Graphic Workshop was established in 1964 by Camnizter, Liliana Porter, and José Guillermo Castillo—who had recently relocated from Montevideo, Buenos Aires, and Caracas, respectively. Prioritizing artistic innovation over technical training, the workshop focused on printmaking’s potential for seriality, reproducibility, and broad distribution, reflecting a key moment in the history of Conceptual art.

Gallery label from New to the Print Collection: Matisse to Bourgeois, June 13, 2012–January 7, 2013.
Medium
Artist's book, offset printed
Dimensions
overall: 14 5/8 x 12 x 5/8" (37.1 x 30.5 x 1.6 cm); constructed: 14 5/8 x 22 3/8 x 5 1/8" (37.1 x 56.8 x 13 cm)
Publisher
New York Graphic Workshop, New York
Printer
Colonial Press, Cedar Knolls, NJ
Edition
artist's proof before the edition of 100
Credit
Latin American and Caribbean Fund through gift of Estrellita B. Brodsky
Object number
917.2010
Copyright
© 2019 Luis Camnitzer
Department
Drawings and Prints

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at firenze@scalarchives.com. Motion picture film stills or motion picture footage from films in MoMA's Film Collection cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For licensing motion picture film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders. For access to motion picture film stills please contact the Film Study Center. More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or moma.org, please email text_permissions@moma.org. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to archives@moma.org.

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to digital@moma.org.