LAST CHANCE TO SEE DAMIAN ORTEGA: DO IT YOURSELF
CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED SHOW CLOSES JAN. 18 AT THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON
"Masterful" – Art Papers
“A kind of magic act” – Boston Globe
In playful and imaginative ways, Mexican-born artist Damián Ortega explores the elements that make up a whole – whether a dwelling, a body, a society or an economic system. In Ortega's art, everyday objects such as entire cars, chairs, and building bricks are pulled apart, suspended or rearranged into dynamic configurations. The artist’s first major museum survey, Damián Ortega: Do It Yourself presents 19 works from 1996 to the present. It includes large-scale sculpture, photography, and film, and a work never before on view. The exhibition is curated by Jessica Morgan, ICA adjunct curator and curator of contemporary art at Tate Modern, London, with assistance from Randi Hopkins, ICA associate curator. Damián Ortega: Do It Yourself runs through Jan. 18, 2010.
Born in 1967 in Mexico City, Damián Ortega is the leading Mexican artist of the generation that emerged in the wake of the influence of Gabriel Orozco and Francis Alÿs. In 2005, Ortega’s work was included in Made in Mexico (2004), a group exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at the Tate Modern, London (2005), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2005) and the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2008). Damián Ortega: Do It Yourself is the first survey exhibition of the artist’s work. Ortega lives in Mexico City and Berlin.
Damián Ortega: Do It Yourself is sponsored by the Mexico Tourism Board.
Additional support is provided by the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, kurimanzutto, Gladstone Gallery, John Kaldor and Naomi Milgrom Kaldor, and the Cesar Cervantes Collection.
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