Christian Marclay’s ‘The Clock’ wins Gold Lion at Venice Biennale


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‘The Clock’ -- the art installation piece that uses snippets from films and television to keep real 24-hour time -- has earned its creator, Christian Marclay, the Gold Lion for best artist at this year’s Venice Biennale. The prize was announced over the weekend by a five-member jury including Hassan Khan, Carol Yinghua Lu, Letizia Ragaglia, Christine Macel and filmmaker John Waters.

Marclay is a California-born artist and composer who has explored notions of synchronicity among music, film and video in his works. ‘The Clock’ runs for 24 hours and features a montage of clips from such diverse films as ‘High Noon,’ starring Gary Cooper; ‘Titanic,’ with Leonardo DiCaprio; and the Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie ‘Eraser.’ Times shown on screen in ‘The Clock’ are synchronized with real time.


‘The Clock’ is currently on view through July 31 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which acquired the work earlier this year. The museum held a free 24-hour screening of ‘The Clock’ in May.

This year’s Venice jury bestowed the Gold Lion for Best National Participation to Germany. The Silver Lion for a promising young artist went to Britain’s Haroon Mirza. The jury also gave special mentions to artists Darius Mikšys and Klara Lidén.


Notes from the Venice Biennale: Thomas Houseago

Notes: What does it mean to be an American artist anyway?

Notes: Hot-rod gondolas in the Grand Canal and L.A. art in a 15th-century palazzo

-- David Ng

Photos, from top: Christian Marclay. Credit: Christine House / For the Los Angeles Times. The Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. Credit: Andrea Merola / EPA