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Gabriel Orozco


Gabriel Orozco (Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, 1962) lives in Mexico City, Paris and New York. He is currently regarded as one of the most influential Mexican artists, not only for the quality of his work but also for his constant support for artists from a younger generation, such as Damián Ortega, Gabriel Kuri or Abraham Cruzvillegas, who became established through his studio and his cooperation on initiatives like the opening of Galería Kurimanzutto in Mexico City in 1999. He studied at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas at the Universidad Autónoma de México from 1981 to 1984, and completed his training in the studio of the Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid between 1986 and 1987. There he discovered conceptual strategies and for a time gave up his practice in the studio. His work is characterised by the tension he creates in the everyday by means of small, banal gestures and fluidity between disciplines, which makes it difficult to classify. He has had individual exhibitions at some of the world’s leading museums: MoMA in New York (1993), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (1994); the ICA in London and the Kunsthalle in Zürich (1996); the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1997); the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (1998); the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1999); MoCA in Los Angeles (2000); the Museo Internacional Rufino Tamayo and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (2001); the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington; the Serpentine Gallery in London (2004); the Palacio de Cristal at MNCARS in Madrid (2005); and the Palacio de Bellas Artes de México (2006). He has also taken part in Documenta in Kassel (1997 and 2001); the Venice Biennale (1993, 2003 and 2005); the São Paulo Biennial (1998) and the Whitney Biennial in New York (1995 and 1997). 

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