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Coming soon? Movie montage for LA

Lacma in negotiations to acquire Christian Marclay's The Clock and project it in their courtyard

A scene from The Clock

LOS ANGELES. Michael Govan, the director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Lacma), is in negotiations to buy Christian Marclay’s The Clock, a 24-hour long love letter to the movie industry. The Art Newspaper has been told that a price of $400,000 was being discussed, but both Lacma and Paula Cooper Gallery say that this is incorrect.

The video will be presented to Lacma’s collectors committee in mid-April. If they approve the acquisition, Govan plans to project the work onto the museum’s façade.

London’s Tate and New York’s MoMA are said to be in negotiations to purchase two other editions of the work, which comes in an edition of six, though neither would confirm this at the time of going to press.

The Clock, described by writer Geoff Dyer as a “great and profound essay on film, and what film’s about,” is a montage of movie clips that accurately follows the passing of time over a 24-hour period. Thousands queued to see the work in screenings at London’s White Cube gallery last October and at Paula Cooper in New York earlier this year.

In 2009 Govan provoked criticism, including an open letter from director Martin Scorsese, following his then planned decision to scale back Lacma’s weekend film programme.

This article was updated on 31 March to include comments from Lacma and Paula Cooper Gallery

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