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Oscar Muñoz

April 15 – May 31, 2013
8:00 – 10:00 PM Daily
High Line Channel 22, Seating Steps, on the High Line at West 22nd Street

One of Colombia’s most influential artists, Oscar Muñoz has created an impressive body of work that investigates memory and history, and the ways both intertwine with our contemporary society.

For the High Line, Muñoz presents Re/trato, a video in which you see the artist painting a self-portrait on a concrete sidewalk by using a brush and water. His hand continuously paints as the portrait evaporates, creating an endless drawing. Reflecting on the ephemeral nature of identity, the work highlights the liminal space between remembering and forgetting, between an image and its obliteration.

Photos by Austin Kennedy.

Oscar Muñoz

Oscar Muñoz (b. 1951, Colombia) lives and works in Cali, Colombia. Recent solo exhibitions include Jeu de Paume, Paris (2014); Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia (2014); Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru (2013); Sicardi Gallery, Houston (2012); Museo Banco de la República, Bogotá, Colombia (2011); Circulo de Bellas Artes, Sala Goya, Madrid (2010); and the Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2009). Select group exhibitions include Center for Contemporary Art, Florence (2011); The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin (2011); Denver Museum of Art, Denver (2011); Museum of Fine Art, Houston (2010); and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (2010). Select biennials and festivals include Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2010); 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice (2007); 51st Venice Biennale, Venice (2005); 6th Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba (1997); and the Kwangju International Biennale, Kwangju, South Korea (1994).


High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art is supported by Vital Projects Fund, Inc., and, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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