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  • Provenance

    White Cube, London
    Private Collection, Dallas
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    “By introducing a carefully chosen, specific object (in continuation and in opposition to the principle of the readymade) and matching it with the principles of doubling and serial repetition in the random chance encounters of these vehicles in a vast urban territory, this work not only introduced a complex variation (and critical revision of three formal paradigms of Dada, Surrealist, and Minimalist procedures), but it also shifted from the dramatic performance of an act of public fissuring (in La DS) to an act of public fusion.” Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, “Gabriel Orozco: The Sculpture of Everyday Life,” in Gabriel Orozco (2000), p. 98

  • 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 4T

egg tempera on red cedar panels with gold leaf
21 5/8 x 21 5/8 in. (54.9 x 54.9 cm)

$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for $221,000

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Latin America

New York Auction 18 November 2015 6pm