The Clock (2010 film)

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For the 1945 romantic comedy, see The Clock (1945 film).

The Clock is an art installation by video artist Christian Marclay (born 1955). It is in effect a clock, but it is made of a 24-hour montage of thousands of time-related scenes from movies and some TV shows, meticulously edited to be shown in "real time": each scene contains an indication of time (for instance, a timepiece, or a piece of dialogue) that is synchronized to show the actual time. The Clock debuted at London's White Cube gallery in 2010.


The Clock has been described as "addictive" and "mesmerizing". The Guardian called it "a masterpiece of our times".[1] In The New York Review of Books, Zadie Smith stated that The Clock "is neither bad nor good, but sublime, maybe the greatest film you have ever seen, and you will need to come back in the morning, in the evening, and late at night, abandoning everything else, packing a sleeping bag, and decamping to the Paula Cooper Gallery until sunrise".[2] Newsweek named Marclay one of the ten most important artists of today.[3]

At the 2011 Venice Biennale, Marclay was recognized as the best artist in the official exhibition, winning the Golden Lion for The Clock. Accepting the Golden Lion, Marclay invoked Andy Warhol, thanking the jury "for giving The Clock its fifteen minutes".[4] The film also won in the "Best Editing" category at the Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2011.


The Clock has been sold to several art museums. The work owned by the New York collectors Jill and Peter Kraus, is a promised gift to the Museum of Modern Art.[5] In 2011, Steve Tisch pledged the $467,500 needed to buy the work for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.[6] One month later, the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, announced the acquisition of another copy. In February 2012, yet another version was acquired jointly by the Tate in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.[7]

Selected exhibitions[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Some text for this article was copied from article Christian Marclay.

  1. ^ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 7 April 2011,
  2. ^ Zadie Smith, "Killing Orson Welles at Midnight", in The New York Review of Books, 28 April 2011
  3. ^ Blake Gopnik, "The 10 Most Important Artists of Today", Newsweek, 5 June 2011. Accessed 25 June 2011.
  4. ^ Andrew M. Goldstein and Julia Halperin, ARTINFO's "Rundown of the Winners of the Golden and Silver Lions at the 54th Venice Biennale", ARTINFO, 6 June 2011. Accessed 25 June 2011.
  5. ^ Carol Vogel (19 April 2012), "'The Clock' To Return" New York Times.
  6. ^ Jori Finkel (18 April 2011), "LACMA acquires 'The Clock' by Christian Marclay and a sculpture by Ai Weiwei through annual collecting event" Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ Maev Kennedy (1 February 2012), "Tate buys timeshare in Christian Marclay's Clock" The Guardian.
  8. ^ Winnipeg Art Gallery
  9. ^ SALT
  10. ^ Walker Christian Marclay: The Clock
  11. ^ [1]

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