Gabriel Orozco: photogravity

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Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1999 - Art - 184 pages
In 1993, Gabriel Orozco removed a lengthwise section of a Citroen DS and reconnected the two sides, making the car's fleet form look lighter yet. Orozco continues his experimentations with perceptions of gravity and weight in Photogravity, his latest installation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Here, photographs of pre-Columbian sculptures from the museum's Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection share gallery space with photographs of Orozco's own pieces. Homogenizing and juxtaposing photography and sculpture -- and endowing each with properties of the other -- Orozco creates unexpected visual relationships and invites dialogue between the two mediums. Published on the occasion of the exhibition in Philadelphia, this book presents the visually unexpected, creating a colorful combination of writings and collages from the artist's notebooks, his photographs and sculptures, and the Arensberg's pre-Columbian works.

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The so-called everyday photography is ubiquitous. What sets Orozco's work apart is its subtle beauty; he photographs things as he finds them and only "intervenes" to accentuate the subtleness. While ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Gabriel Orozco was born in Vera Cruz in 1962, and currently lives in Mexico city New York, and Paris. He studied painting at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas in Mexico and at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid. Orozco has been the subject of exhibitions at the Kanaal Art Foundation, Kortrijk, Belgium. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Kunsthalle Zurich, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. His work has been included in Documenta and the Venice Biennale.

Ann Temkin is the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Twentieth-Century Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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