Daily Dose Pick: Gabriel Orozco

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One of Mexico’s most famous contemporary artists, Gabriel Orozco transforms everyday objects and base materials into poetic works of art.

A sculptor who not only makes 3D works, but also paintings, photos, prints, and videos that visually manipulate form, Orozco has elevated yogurt caps, soccer balls, and shoe boxes to coveted museum pieces. His split cars, combined bicycles, and penciled bones kick Duchamp’s provocative idea of an altered readymade up a notch.

View Orozco’s gallery page, read an insightful interview, learn more about his work on Art:21, catch his current MoMA retrospective, and buy the exhibition catalogue

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Gabriel Orozco, Atomist: Making Strides, 1996, Gouache and ink on newspaper clipping, 8 ¼ x 8 ¼” (20.9 x 20.9 cm), Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Photo credit: John Berens, © 2009 Gabriel Orozco

Gabriel Orozco, Eyes Under Elephant Foot, 2009, Beaucarnea trunk and glass eyes, 57 7/8 x 56 7/8 x 55 1/8” (147 x 144.5 x 140 cm), Charpenel Collection, Guadalajara, Mexico, ©2009 Gabriel Orozco

Gabriel Orozco, Black Kites, 1997, Graphite on skull, 8 ½ x 5 x 6 ¼” (21.6 x 12.7 x 15.9 cm), Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gift (by exchange) of Mr. and Mrs. James P. Magill, 1997, ©2009 Gabriel Orozco

Gabriel Orozco, Four Bicycles (There Is Always One Direction), 1994, Bicycles, 6’6” x 7’4” x 7’4” (198.1 x 223.5 x 223.5 cm), Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz Collection, ©2009 Gabriel Orozco

Gabriel Orozco, Horses Running Endlessly, 1995, Wood, 3 3/8 x 34 3/8 x 34 3/8

Gabriel Orozco, Island Within an Island, 1993, Silver dye bleach print, 16 x 20” (40.6 x 50.8 cm), Edition of 5 Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, © 2009 Gabriel Orozco

Gabriel Orozco, Kytes Tree, 2005, Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 6’ 6 ¾” x 6’ 6 ¾” (200 x 200 cm), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Purchase and gift of Anna Marie and Robert F. Shapiro and Donald B. Marron, Photography: The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Department of Imaging Services, © 2009 Gabriel Orozco

Gabriel Orozco, La DS, 1993, Modified Citroën DS, 55 3/16” x 15’ 9 15/16” x 45 5/16” (140.1 x 482.5 x 115.1 cm), Fonds national d’art contemporain (Cnap), Ministère de la Culutre et de la Communication, Paris, Fnac 94003, Photography: Florian Kleinefenn, ©2009 Gabriel Orozco

Gabriel Orozco, My Hands Are My Heart, 1991, Two silver dye bleach prints, Each 9 1/8 x 12 ½” (23.2 x 31.8 cm), Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, © 2009 Gabriel Orozco