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Exhibition Detail
Gabriel Orozco
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019


December 13th, 2009 - March 1st, 2010
 
, Gabriel OrozcoGabriel Orozco
© Courtesy of the artist & MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
Mobile Matrix , Gabriel OrozcoGabriel Orozco, Mobile Matrix ,
2006, Graphite on gray whale skeleton
© Courtesy of the artist & MoMA
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With a body of work that is unique in its formal power and intellectual rigor, Gabriel Orozco (Mexican, b. 1962) emerged at the beginning of the 1990s as one of the most intriguing and original artists of his generation—and one of the last to come of age in the twentieth century. Orozco resists confinement to a single medium, roaming freely and fluently among drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, and painting. From one project to the next, he deliberately blurs the boundaries between the art object and the everyday environment, instead situating his contributions in a place that merges "art" and "reality," whether in exquisite drawings made on airplane boarding passes or in sculptures made from recovered trash.

Many of Orozco's works—which are often created specifically for the occasion of an exhibition—have become indisputable classics of 1990s art, such as the Citroën automobile surgically reduced to two-thirds its normal width (La DS, 1993) and a human skull covered with a graphite grid (Black Kites, 1997). This exhibition presents many of these works for the first time in New York, alongside rich selections of work from Orozco's vast body of smaller objects, paintings, and works on paper.

The exhibition in New York will be followed by presentations at Kunstmuseum Basel, April 18–August 10, 2010; Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, September 15, 2010–January 3, 2011; and Tate Modern, London, January 19–April 25, 2011.


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