Called "the reigning proponent of cut and paste" by J. Hoberman of the Village Voice, master collagist Lewis Klahr has been making films since 1977. He is known for his uniquely idiosyncratic collage films which have screened extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia—in venues such as New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Biennial, the New York Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the LA County Museum of Art, the Tate Modern and REDCAT. In May of 2010, The Wexner Center for the Arts presented a five program retrospective of Klahr's films. In March of 2013 the Museum of the Moving Image presented a retrospective weekend of Klahr's digital work since 2008. His film Wednesday Morning Two A.M. was awarded a Tiger Award for Best Short Film at the 2010 International Film Festival at Rotterdam. In Film Comment magazine’s poll of the top 50 experimental filmmakers from 2000 to 2010, Klahr was ranked fourth. His epic cutout animation The Pharaoh’s Belt received a special citation for experimental work from the National Society of Film Critics in 1994. Klahr's feature length film The Pettifogger was selected as one of the best films of 2012 by Artforum Magazine. He has also received commissions from European arts organizations such as the Gronnegard Theater in Copenhagen, Denmark (Lulu) and the Rotterdam International Film Festival (Two Minutes to Zero). His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is a recent addition to the Coleccion Inelcom.
Klahr was The Wexner Center for the Arts 2010 Media Arts Residency Award Winner,the 2013 Brakhage Vision Award winner, a 1992 Guggenheim Fellow and has also received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NY State Council of the Arts, the City of Los Angeles, The Jerome Foundation and Creative Capital.
Lewis Klahr's work is represented by The Anthony Reynolds Gallery in London, UK.