Gabriel Orozco - Latin America New York Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    White Cube at Mason's Yard, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2006

  • Exhibited

    London, White Cube at Mason's Yard, 12 Paintings and a Drawing, September 29 - November 11, 2006
    Vienna, Hirmer Verlag, Gold, March 15, 2012 - June 17, 2012

  • Literature

    blueorange, exh. cat., Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 2006, p. 53 (illustrated)
    Dark Wave, exh. cat., White Cube, London, 2006, p. 46 (illustrated)
    Gold, exh. cat., Hirmer Verlag, Vienna, 2012, p. 323 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “A spirit of constant invention makes [Gabriel Orozco’s] production one of the most intriguing and original of his generation,” wrote Glenn Lowry in the catalogue for the artist’s 2009 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Orozco was born to a highly educated and artistic family in Mexico, his father being a third-generation muralist in the tradition of David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera. Yet, Orozco’s extraordinarily philosophical and conceptual art was not immediately appreciated by the Mexican art scene during his youth. Instead, he first became recognized in New York in the early 1990s, and then at the 1992 exhibition, America: Bride of the Sun, at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp—where Orozco exhibited along with Lucio Fontana and Cildo Meireles—that he truly launched his career.

    From there, Orozco would go on to travel and exhibit around the world, renouncing the sanctified space of the traditional artist’s studio, and instead utilizing the everyday streets as his canvas. The present work, Samurai Tree 6C (2006), comes from one of the artist’s best known series, one that disrupts the viewer’s traditional notions of art by utilizing the medium of painting yet removing the artist’s hand completely, as well as his creative impulses. Rather, the series of Samurai Tree Invariants—begun in 2004 and each executed by either Philippe Piccoli or Christian Macia—has over 600 computer generated permutations designed by Orozco and based on a composition drawn into four quadrants, following a systematic series of circles bisected by dividing lines with rotating colors of red, blue, white and gold.

  • Artist Biography

    Gabriel Orozco

    Mexican • 1954

    Gabriel Orozco's diverse practice, which includes sculpture, photography, painting and video, is centered on the rejection of the concept of a traditional studio. Alternatively, Orozco's conceptual process involves using quotidian objects as commentary on urban society. In the widely exhibited La DS (1993), Orozco cut a Citroën DS car into thirds, eliminating the central section and reconfiguring the remaining parts.

    Another important motif in Orozco's lexicon is that of the colored ellipses. In his seminal series, Samurai Tree Invariants, the artist employs fragmented colored circles as the basis for geometric compositions, exploring the movements made by a knight on a chessboard. These not only represent Orozco's conceptual practices but illustrate his interest in both the geometric and organic world.

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Samurai Tree 6C

egg tempera on red cedar panels with gold leaf
21 5/8 x 21 5/8 in. (55 x 55 cm)
Painted in 2006, this work is accompanied with a certificate of authenticity issued by White Cube.

$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for $231,250

Contact Specialist
Kaeli Deane
Head of Sale, Latin American Art
New York
+1 212 940 1352

Latin America

New York Auction 24 May 2017