Gabriel Orozco at the Centre Pompidou

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A must-see exhibition opens tomorrow at the Centre Pompidou. Gabriel Orozco is now recognized as one of the leading artists of his generation, having begun to establish an international reputation in the early 1990s. Constantly travelling, and without any fixed studio, Orozco rejects national or regional identifications, drawing his inspiration from the different places he has lived or stayed in. Born in Jalapa, Mexico, in 1962, he currently lives between Mexico, New York and Paris. His open and constantly developing approach finds expression in works of widely varying scale in a great diversity of media, the artist showing equal ease, freedom and fluidity in photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and installation. For this exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Orozco has come up with an original layout based on the idea of the studio. Doing without internal walls, labelling or commentary, the works are displayed in a simplicity that echoes the moment of their creation, before their appropriation by the museum and its apparatus.
15 Sep–3 Jan 2011. Centre Pompidou, rue Beaubourg, 4th. M° Hôtel de Ville or Rambuteau.
Black Kites, 1997, Graphite on skull, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia. © Gabriel Orozco
Eyes Under Elephant Foot, 2009, Beaucarnea trunk and glass eyes, Charpenel Collection, Guadalajara, Mexico. © Gabriel Orozco
La DS, 1993, Modified Citroën DS, © Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Paris. Courtesy galerie Chantal Crousel

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