Gabriel Orozco - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Thursday, June 24, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    White Cube, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Tel-Aviv, Ramat Aviv Mall Tower, The Babel Trilogy: Part 1—The Towering Inferno, January 26–May 30, 2014, p. 35 (illustrated, p. 17)

  • Literature

    Gabriel Orozco, Gabriel Orozco: The Samurai Tree—Invariants, Cologne, 2006, p. 457 (illustrated)

  • 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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Property from an Esteemed European Collection


Samurai Tree 20W

tempera and gold leaf on wood
21 5/8 x 21 5/8 in. (54.9 x 54.9 cm)
Executed in 2007.

$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for $302,400

Contact Specialist

Rebekah Bowling
Head of Day Sale, Afternoon Session
New York

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 24 June 2021