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David Lamelas: A Pioneer in Conceptual Art

Lamelas, David
Holmes, Todd
Phillips, Glenn
David Lamelas: A Pioneer in Conceptual Art
David Lamelas is an Argentine artist recognized internationally as one of the pioneers of conceptual art. Born in Buenos Aires, he became involved in Argentina’s avant-garde scene during the 1960, and was a member of the famed Instituto di Tella. A graduate of the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes and Saint Martin’s School of Art in London, Lamelas has traveled the art worlds of Latin America, Europe, and the United States for over fifty years, winning acclaim for his innovative and cutting-edge work. From sculptures and installations to photography and films, his art has creatively explored the themes of time and space, as well as interrelated topics such media, communication, and popular culture. He is the two-time recipient of the Diploma al Mérito from the Konex Foundation for conceptual art (1992) and video art (2012.) He also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts (1993) and Germany’s DAAD Stipendium (1998). A true “nomadic artist,” Lamelas lives and works between Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, and Europe.
Subject area(s):
Natural Resources, Land Use, and the Environment
Interview date(s):
Getty Trust
David Lamelas, “David Lamelas: A Pioneer of Cenceptual Art” conducted by Todd Holmes and Glenn Phillips in 2017, Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, under the auspices of the J. Paul Getty Trust, 2017.