Abraham Cruzvillegas - 20th c. and Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session New York Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Abraham Cruzvillegas’s work is characterized by the use of discarded materials that are handled, recycled and reassembled in a process of accumulating and reordering everyday objects. The recontextualization and act of bringing new meanings through intuition and improvisation, link his practice to his hometown of Ajusco, Mexico City, where the traditional way of building involves adding or resolving issues with salvaged materials from everyday life. Cruzvillegas has adopted the term "Autoconstruccion" (Self- construction) to name his organic and collaborative way of working. In this way, he reflects on informal versus formal composition, and the organic apprehension and fractures of concepts of the universal with knowledge of philosophy and anthropology.

    Autorretrato ciego regresando a la cordura entre gritos y sombrerazos en la plaza Taksim, 2013, belongs to one of the well-known series autorretratos ciegos (blind self-portraits), where the artist gathers large groups of diverse papers accumulated in his day-to-day activity: napkins, envelopes, images and articles from newspapers and magazines, receipts as well as bus, subway, train, tram and plane tickets, , etc. In the present work, these various mementos of daily life are unified by color as the artist applied a coat of beige paint to each of the elements obscuring the specific information and then pinning them geometrically to the wall. This action of creating a harmonious abstract structure out of disorganized scraps of daily life - proposes a new reflection on identity.
    "These grids are to be read as accumulative and random organizations. It is a sort of a super honest diary in which viewers have to 'believe' in the accumulation of experience."

    Property from the Tiroche DeLeon Collection


    Serge Tiroche co-founded the Tiroche DeLeon Collection in 2011, and with a unique combination of intuition and extensive knowledge, he was able to amass one of the strongest contemporary art collections of works by Latin American artists.

    Over the last ten years, Serge Tiroche has been travelling to Latin America, acquiring remarkable works of art, guided not only by his own keen taste, talent and timing, but also by relying on a very meticulous process that involves continuous research and a deep understanding of the history of the continent, as well as in the development of personal relationships with artists, galleries and other cultural institutions. Through the creation of this well-respected and influential collection, Tiroche has also provided broader exposure for these artists, introducing their work to a larger, international audience.

    Representing an expansive and diverse selection of the most influential artists actively working in Latin America today, a few of the esteemed names that constitute this important collection include Abraham Cruz Villegas, OSGEMEOS, Adrian Villar Rojas, Leandro Erlich and Vik Muniz. The selection of works currently on offer from the collection is representative of both well-established and more emerging artists. Working with everyday objects in a manner that intersects distinct movements like Pop art and Art Povera, these varied works heighten our perception and elicit an appreciation of our own experiences. If there is one point around which these artists may be brought together, it is that each of them approaches their work as a field of exploration, suggesting that art offers a unique way of discovering our relationship to the world, a theme that resonates today perhaps more than ever.

    • Provenance

      kurimanzutto, Mexico City
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Miami, Mana Wynwood, Everything you are I am not: Latin American contemporary art from the Tiroche DeLeon Collection, December 3, 2015 - January 6, 2016
      Jersey City, Mana Contemporary, Everything you are I am not: Latin American contemporary art from the Tiroche DeLeon Collection, May 1 - July 23, 2016

Property from the Tiroche DeLeon Collection


Autorretrato ciego regresando a la cordura entre gritos y sombrerazos en la plaza Taksim

beige acrylic paint on newspaper clippings, cardboard, photographs, drawings, postcards, envelopes, tickets, vouchers, letters, drawings, posters, flyers, cards, recipes, napkins and steel pins, in 128 parts
installation dimensions variable
approximately 137 3/4 x 110 1/4 in. (349.9 x 280 cm)

Executed in 2013, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

Full Cataloguing

$30,000 - 40,000 

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20th c. and Contemporary Art Day Sale - Afternoon Session

New York 8 December 2020