Abraham Cruzvillegas - Latin America New York Tuesday, November 22, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Latin American Experience Gala Auction, 2005 (donated by the artist)
    Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    At the core of Abraham Cruzvillegas’ artistic practice is an interest in found objects. Considered one of Mexico’s most important contemporary artists, Cruzvillegas’ interest in modest materials stems from his upbringing in Colonia Ajusco, a largely unplanned and impoverished part of southern Mexico City. Due to the lack of infrastructure in Colonia Ajusco, many of the residents including Cruzvillegas’ parents were forced to build their own homes and survive with minimal resources. In the present lot, the artist utilizes a large beeswax candle wire and paper clippings to create a dynamic composition. In using found materials, Cruzvillegas not only provides social commentary on the ever expanding urban sprawl of Mexico City, but also elevates quotidian objects to the level of artistic materials. Furthermore, the artist forces the viewer to reevaluate the definition of beauty when contemplating the seemingly mundane. Abraham Cruzvillegas was the first Mexican artist to create an installation for the Turbine Hall in the Tate Modern and his work is held in important museum collections including The Museum of Modern Art.


Observatorio oriente (Eastern Observatory)

beeswax candle, stuffed cloth ball, iron wire and paper clippings
Height: 67 7/8 in. (172.4 cm)
Executed in 2003.

$30,000 - 50,000 

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New York Auction 22 November 2016