Christian Marclay Named One of the “Most Influential People in the World” by Time Magazine

The last several months have been filled with awards and recognition for our friend Christian Marclay.

Recent accolades include last year’s Venice Biennale Golden Lion award, and recognition from a Newsweek/Daily Beast blogger as one of the most important artists of today.

And just this week, Christian was given an even more prodigious honor. He was named one of “The Most Influential People in the World,” by Time magazine. He takes the second place spot after basketball phenom Jeremy Lin. How does someone make that list? Here’s a little bit about how the honorees were selected according to the editors of the piece:

Before microphones and television were invented, a leader had to stand in front of a crowd and bellow. Now she can tweet a phrase that reaches millions in a flash. Influence was never easier — or more ephemeral…. Which is why we try to choose those people whose influence is both lasting and, with a few notable exceptions, laudable. [read more of the editor’s letter here]

The list includes influencers from artists, actors, athletes, political leaders, musicians, and leaders of industry. So why did Christian Marclay make their list? Here is what Geoff Dyer had to say about Christian’s 24-hour video installation The Clock which to date has been exhibited in Paris, London, Seoul, New York, Sydney, Yokohama, Venice, Ottawa, Jerusalem, and Los Angeles:

…During (The Clock) opening run in London, I had intended to stay long enough to get the gag — 10 minutes? — before hurrying on to a lunch date. It was so hypnotic, so thrilling, that I ended up watching 20 hours over a month, arranging life and appointments (for which I was invariably late) in such a way as to catch previously unseen segments of that celluloid epic called a day. [ read full story ]

Along with the list, Time also included an online ‘lightbox‘ feature with a few images of Christian’s work, including a Graphicstudio cyanotype.

Christian Marclay, Untitled (Luciano Pavarotti, Halo and Four Mix Tapes II), 2007 published by Graphicstudio

Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World”
Here’s a sneak peak at the top 15. You can check out the complete list here.

  • Jeremy Lin
  • Christian Marclay
  • Viola Davis
  • Salman Khan
  • Tim Tebow
  • E.L. James
  • Louis CK
  • Rihanna
  • Marco Rubio
  • Ali Ferzat
  • René Redzepi
  • Kristen Wiig
  • Anthony Kennedy
  • Novak Djokovic
  • Ben Rattray

[See full list]

Congratulations, Christian!
We were lucky enough to have Christian here at the studio this past week so we could congratulate him in person. We are so proud to have the opportunity to work with such a decorated artist and all around nice guy. For those of you who are wondering when we will be offering new work from Christian, stay tuned. We will be posting that information here as soon as we have it.

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