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.
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When the MoMA gave Gabriel Orozco, an emerging Mexican artist, his first solo show in the United States sixteen years ago, one of the most buzzed about pieces was “Home Run,” an arrangement of fresh oranges in the apartment and office windows across the street. A new 20-year survey features many of the site-specific pieces he is known for, many for the first time in New York, alongside rich selections from his vast body of smaller objects, paintings, and works on paper. More images after the… Read More
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Today at Flavorpill, we perused a list of the 50 best inventions of 2009. We went spelunking in LA’s secret oilfields and rigs. We chuckled over Slate’s unauthorized index of Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue. We felt under dressed at a sleek new Euro-style McDonald’s. We wondered if Philip Roth started screaming when he found out that he’d landed on the shortlist for the Literary Review’s bad sex in fiction award. We craved a punk rock dessert from Brooks Headley at Del Posto. We wanted to visit the best new buildings of the decade. We went inside of Tim Burton’s wackly world, courtesy of his new MoMA show. We couldn’t take our eyes off of Charlotte Gainsbourg in her new video with Beck. We were excited to start watching music videos on Hulu. And finally, we discovered why we love lists so much, courtesy of Umberto Eco. Spoiler alert: It has to do with… Read More
What would happen if Katrina-style flooding hit New York City? Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront, a new MoMA/P.S. 1 program, pairs four teams of architects, engineers, and landscape designers with four sites in New York and New Jersey’s Upper Bay and asks them to come up with designs that would minimize the damage of high storm surges and “provide new ground for recreation, ecologies, agriculture, and urban… Read More
MoMA’s contemporary exhibition outpost P.S.1 kicked off its season opener on Sunday under a sharp autumn sun, all the better to highlight the location (a former school in Long Island City), the architecture (especially a Bedouin tent-structure by MOS design in the courtyard) and crowd (a mix of fashion and art types ranging from Pratt students to stylist and editor Camilla Nickerson). Current offerings in the alternative space include the likes of photographer Robert Bergman, installation artist Chitra Ganesh, and multimedia stage artist William Kentridge, though the main event is surely 1969, a survey of modern art from MoMA’s permanent collection that was produced in the final year of the swinging ’60s. Exclusive photos after the… Read More
Dean Spunt and Randy Randall jump started No Age in 2007 with five EPs on five labels. These fed Weirdo Rippers, their first full-length release. At just over thirty minutes, in many aspects Weirdo Rippers may well have been just another EP, but critical acclaim suggested it was something more. It played as a succinct introduction, a primer to the L.A. drums and guitar duo who these days, we can’t get stop hearing… Read More
Have you seen the “Say No to the MoMA” ad? It makes Jean Nouvel’s proposed MoMA Tower look like a rabid King Kong, casting ominous shadows across midtown Manhattan. It also suggests that this building — unlike the scores of skyscrapers that have gone up over the past century — will block the entire skyline. It would be rather funny if the alarmist attitude wasn’t holding up progress on what is such a bold, exciting… Read More
I’ve always considered the MoMA’s sixth floor as the place to escape from the otherwise escapist’s ultimate playground. It’s where the intelligentsia, the freelancers, the art history students and the discerning tourists alike all co-mingle, satisfied at having bypassed the hordes who are arrhythmically struggling to catch an unobstructed glimpse of a Picasso or Cézanne. If the sixth floor were a busy sidewalk, its inhabitants understand basic pedestrian… Read More
Ron Arad, whose show Ron Arad: No Discipline opened at the MoMA in August, recently gave a talk at the 92nd Street Y as a part of their “Dialogues with Design Legends” series. While the dialogue in question was meant to be between moderator Daniella Ohad-Smith and Arad, the talk quickly became an open forum between Arad and his audience. From the moment he walked on stage in a hat that looked like a stiff milkmaid’s bonnet and opened his lecture with “Any questions?,” it was a… Read More