Luis Camnitzer - One Number Is Worth One Word

More than six decades of writing by influential artist and teacher Luis Camnitzer that interrogate the power structures inherent to the practice of art at the same time as they explore its liberating potential.

One Number Is Worth One Word

Luis Camnitzer

Working across such mediums as printmaking, sculpture, language, and installations, Camnitzer’s work investigates how power is exercised and can be challenged in society. An influential teacher, over the six decades covered by this volume, he has interrogated the power structures inherent to the practice of art at the same time as he explores its liberating potential. Many of these texts are published for the first time. The book offers a singularly authoritative—yet also anti-authoritative—gathering of a life’s work in art, education, and activism.

For nearly sixty years, Luis Camnitzer has been obsessing about the same things. As an art student in Uruguay in 1960, he was part of a collective of artists, students, and educators who reformed the School of Fine Arts in Montevideo. Today, he is still an “ethical anarchist” preoccupied with the role of education in redistributing power in society. With mischievous wit and wisdom, Camnitzer’s writings summons an inherent utopianism in egalitarian, participatory models of art education to identify how meaning is made.

Latin America, Sculpture, Installation, Contemporary Art, Education, Language & Linguistics
Conceptual & Post-Conceptual Art, Printmaking, Art Activism

Luis Camnitzer is an Uruguayan artist living in New York.


October 2020
Softcover, 10.8 × 17.8 cm, 288 pages, 16 b/w ill.
ISBN 978-3-95679-509-1

Published by
Sternberg Press 

Distributed by
The MIT Press
€18 | $20

Edited by
Ben Eastham 

Foreword by
Brian Kuan Wood

Series editors
Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Kaye Cain-Nielsen, Anton Vidokle

Noah Venezia and Jeff Ramsey

Front cover design
Liam Gillick


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