The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Thursday, October 23, 2014


Damian Ortega, One of Mexico's Leading Artists of a New Generation, is Subject of Exhibition
Damián Ortega, Cosmic Thing, 2002, Disassembled 1989 Volkswagen Beetle, 265 x 276 x 296 in. (673.1 x 701 x 751.8 cm), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles , purchased with funds provided by Eugenio López and the Jumex Fund for Contemporary Latin American Art.
BOSTON, MA.- The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston opens a major exhibition of work by Mexican-born artist Damián Ortega. In playful and imaginative ways, he 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. 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 (Selection from Belo Horizonte Project). 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 opens Sept. 18 and runs through Jan. 18, 2010.

“This groundbreaking exhibition of Damián Ortega’s work is a timely opportunity to experience the evolution of one of the most prominent artists working today,” says Jill Medvedow, director of the ICA. “Raised in Mexico and living in Germany, his international perspective is both playful and philosophical, and reflects the perpetual states of flux, dissolution and reformation that define all of our lives.”

Exploded, deconstructed, collapsed and unbalanced, Ortega’s works challenge the idea of sculpture as solid, permanent, and monumental. His experience as a political cartoonist is also key, as seen in the wordplay, puns and double entendre in his art.

“Ortega’s sense of space and form draws from traditional sculptural production, but he is less interested in the final structure than in the state of ‘in between’,” says curator Jessica Morgan. “His work registers the moment – or moments – of transition when one thing becomes another. Even the end result that we see in the gallery is just another possible state in a continual flow of transformation.”

Ortega often uses unexpected materials such as corn and tortillas in his work. These materials give specific cultural references to Mexico and Latin America while evoking larger political and social themes. Damián Ortega: Do It Yourself includes one of the artist’s most iconic and powerful works, Cosmic Thing (2002) – a fully deconstructed Volkswagen Beetle that hangs suspended from the gallery ceiling. In Mexico, the Beetle was the first readily available car and it soon became a ubiquitous symbol of the capital city–and of Mexico’s growing consumer society. When the cars needed repair, their simple construction allowed do-it-yourself fixing; the Beetle –and the cars made of mismatched parts – inspired Ortega’s work.

Never before on view, Ortega’s installation Selection from Belo Horizonte Project (2004) occupies the ICA’s Founders Gallery overlooking Boston Harbor. The work fills the west side of the Gallery with a repeating series of mirrored squares placed in an extended grid along the wall and in four multi-faceted, mirrored cubes on the floor. Made from polished stainless steel, the installation offers stunning reflections of the Gallery’s waterfront views, integrating viewers into the scene.

Born in 1961 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. 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). In 2005, Ortega’s work was included in Made in Mexico, a group exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Damián Ortega: Do It Yourself is the first survey exhibition of the artist’s work. Ortega lives in Mexico City and Berlin.






Last Week News

September 18, 2009

Thomas Campbell Visits the Prado and States Possibility for Loan of Reattributed Painting

New Exhibition at the Zentrum Paul Klee Focuses on Klee's Biography

Tate Gallery Anounces Exhibition for 2010 Including First Major Gauguin Exhibition

Yale Center for British Art Announces Exhibition of Romantic Drawings

PINTA, the Annual Latin American Art Fair, will Present 50 Carefully Selected Galleries

Josh Faught Named 2009 Betty Bowen Award Winner

Major Contemporary Public Art Commission to go on Display as Part of Royal Academy Exhibition

Lady Dai Tomb Exhibition to Open at Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Sculpture Missing from Bernard Madoff's NY Beach Home

Exhibition of Limited Editions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art

V&A Museum of Childhood to Present and Exhibition From Paul Trevor's Eastender Archive

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Received Grant to Digitize Collection

Durham Bids to be UK City of Culture 2013: The North East's Best Kept Cultural Secret

Vauxhall 48-Hour Road Movie Challenge at Branchage Jersey International Film Festival

Director and Chief Curator of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art Presents Young Israel Artist Aram Gershuni

The Brunei Gallery to Show Contemporary Indigenous Tapestries by the Fancy Stitch Group

Arts Council England Announces Improved Grants for the Arts

SUNY Plattsburgh Finds, Donates Ancient Fossil to New York State Museum

Lucy Mitchell-Innes Appointed President of the Art Dealers Association of America

Construction Scaffold in Downtown Louisville will Become an Interactive Digital Installation

September 17, 2009

Leading Contemporary Artists Donate to "Art for Africa Auction" at Sotheby's London

"Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" to Arrive in New York City in April 2010

Caravaggio Masterpiece to Make Rare Chicago Appearance at the Art Institute

The Cleveland Museum of Art Announces Noteworthy Additions to a Distinguished Collection

NGV Announces Ah Xian as Recipient of 2009 Clemenger Contemporary Art Award

Landmark Georgia O'Keeffe Exhibition Opens at the Whitney Museum of American Art

First Ever Tableau Vivant Created by Acclaimed Artist John Baldessari to be Shown at Sprüth Magers

artnet Auctions Launches Prints Masterworks Auction

$250,000 Top Prize Up for Grabs in Michigan Art Event

Portrait of Tommy Lasorda Installed at the National Portrait Gallery

Life and Art of Ron Hurley Celebrated with New Publication and Exhibition

Maura Reilly Named Senior Curator of the American Federation of Arts

Argos Centre for Art and Media and Siemens Arts Program Presents Actors & Extras

Factura 2009: The Third International Painting Festival of Villefranche de Lonchat Set to Open

Jonathan Darby's New Solo Show "Generation Y?" Opens at Signal Gallery

Baibakov Art Projects to be Lead Sponsor of Landmark Kandinsky Retrospective at the Guggenheim

Rare Presentation of More Than 500 Joseph Beuys Multiples On View at LACMA

Art Competition Finalists Explore Australia's Multicultural Identity

Sales of Chinese Art at Sotheby's Total: $15,532,479 Exceeding Expectations

September 16, 2009

Museo del Prado Closes Sorolla Exhibition After Breaking a Ten Year Old Attendance Record

Marlborough Gallery Features Thirty-Three Bronze Sculptures by Russian Born Artist, Grisha Bruskin

More than a Bookstore, Larry Gagosian Opens New Space to Sell Exclusive Works

Artists Create Works About Mary Magdalene Inspired by Met's New Opening Night Production

Portraits of Aspiring Olympian and Teenage Prisoner Make Shortlist for Photographic Prize

Works by Iron Sculptor Paul Wiedmer on View at Museum Tinguely

Forty-Five of the World's Most Prominent Dealers will be Present at Pavilion of Art & Design London

Second Temple Period Stepped Street Discovered in Israel

Explore the Role of Heroes in Society with Over 100 Works of Art

Sixty New York-Based Artists Featured in Exhibition at Museo D'Arte Contemporanea Roma

Bob Dylan to Exhibit at the National Gallery of Denmark

New Art Institute Exhibition Pieces Together Rarely Seen Photocollage Albums

Former Picture Editor of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo to Open Exhibition

American/Swiss Collaborative Artist Couple Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler Exhibit at Aargauer Kunsthaus

Spencer Museum of Art Showing International Posters for Peace, Social Justice, and the Environment

The Museum of Modern Art Presents the World Premiere of Joan Braderman's The Heretics

Detroit Institute of Arts Big Art Sale October 1 and 2

Two Solo Exhibitions by Ashish Avikunthak and Sakti Burman

Guantanamo Allocation Center: Initiative Dedicated to Relocating the Remaining Detainees still in Custody

Turner Contemporary Wins Government Funding Bid to Help Kickstart The Learning Revolution in Margate

September 15, 2009

Tiffany Exhibition Coming to VMFA in May Opens at Musée du Luxembourg in Paris

A Celebration of Scottish Art at Sotheby's This Autumn

James Cohan Gallery to Present Fifth Exhibition by Internationally Acclaimed American Artist Bill Viola

Wolfgang Laib's Without Place-Without Time-Without Body to be Installed at The Nelson-Atkins Museum

Nominees for the National Gallery Prize for Young Art 2009 Show their Works at Hamburger Bahnhof

Arte Laguna Art Prize, the Future of Contemporary Art

50 Acclaimed Artists Give Away their Works for Free in the Last Ever Free Art Fair

Farnsworth Launches Andrew Wyeth Memorial Endowment Campaign

First Monographic Exhibition of Works by Guercino Opens in Switzerland

Actor Robbie Coltrane Portrayed by Peter Howson in Painting to be Offered at Sotheby's in September

Latest Furniture Series by British Designer Max Lamb to be Shown at 20 Hoxton Square Projects

Significant Exhibition of Ansel Adams Comes to the Columbia Museum of Art

Norman White, Winner of the 3rd d.velop Digital Art Award, to Open Exhibition in Germany

Marilu Knode Begins Tenure as Laumeier Sculpture Park Executive Director

50 Artists Who Cut, Burn, Tear, and Shred Paper to Create Compelling Sculpture, Installation, and Video

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Returns Prehistoric Fossils to China

21c Museum Commissions a Massive Site-Specific Installation to be Presented Free of Charge in Downtown Louisville

"Wild Ocean 3D" to Debut at the National Museum of Natural History's Johnson Imax Theater Oct. 2

Philadelphia Museum Opens New Sculpture Garden to the Public

September 14, 2009

Exhibition of Works of Art by Joan Antoni Toledo, Founder of Equipo Cronica, Opens

International Group Exhibition Presents the Work of Six Prominent Rising Artists

Pakistani Artist Farida Batool Presents New Works in Her First Solo U.S. Exhibition at Aicon

Camera Work Gallery Presents Works by French Photographer Jean-Baptiste Huynh

Italian Photographer Benno Graziani's Iconic Photographs on View at Hamiltons Gallery

Lanxess Commissions Unnatural Rubber Exhibition with Warhol Museum

October Gallery to Present Romuald Hazoumé's "Made in Porto-Novo"

Nassau County Museum of Art to Present Norman Rockwell: American Imagist

Japanese Art Dealers Association Members Present Exhibitions During New York City Asian Art Week

Cheekwood Museum Celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2010

Crush, the New Photographic Installation by Paul Kooiker, on View at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

A Work of Art at the University of Leicester has Captured in Time the Human Tragedy of the 9/11 Atrocity

Plains Art Museum Holds Retirement Reception for Sue Petry

Illustration from Myrtle Beach Art Museum Exhibit Traveling to New York

The Museum of Contemporary Photography Presents Robert Adanto's The Rising Tide

Design 21 Announces Call for Entries for UNESCO's Dream Center Logo Competition

Mumbai will be Hosting the Celebrated Indian Contemporary Art Expo

Arts Leaders Join U.S. Rep. Olver at Norman Rockwell Museum to Highlight Arts Sector's Role in Economic Recovery

The School of Visual Arts Presents a Panel Discussion Theory and Practice: Aporias of Perfection

September 13, 2009

Palace of Versailles Opens its Doors to Xavier Veilhan's Contemporary Sculptures

MoMA Presents Focused Exhibition of Claude Monet's Late Paintings of Water Lilies and His Pond

Over 85 Leading Contemporary Artists Donate Work for Children's Cancer & Blood Foundation Auction

Antony Gormley Returns to Show His Works at Xavier Hufkens in Brussels

Lightcatcher at Whatcom Museum Opens to the Public in November

The Civil Rights Struggle, African-American GIs, and Germany to Open at the Palmer Gallery

National Gallery of Canada Continues its Support for Advanced Research

Four East Bay Cities Team Up in Nationally Unprecedented Arts Collaboration

Latin America: A Theme Auction to be Held at Phillips de Pury & Company in New York

Exhibition of Critically Acclaimed Long Form Comic Books set to Open at the Toledo Museum of Art

Free Learning for All at Museum of London's New Clore Learning Centre

Alberto Gaitán's Remembrancer on View at the Taubman Museum of Art

Equinox Petroglyph Project Exhibition Opens at The Tides Institute

Youth in Uniform: Selections from the Gift of Steven Heller on View at the Wolfsonian

Delaware Art Museum Announces Highest August Attendance Since 2005 Opening

Pacific Asia Museum will Open Calligraffiti: Writing in Contemporary Chinese and Latino Art

First Exhibition to Explore Leonardo's Significant Role in Renaissance Sculpture to Open at the High

Edinburgh College of Art Takes Over the Streets As Term Starts Back

MoMA Presents a Conversation Between Jazz Impresario George T. Wein and Peter Reed

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

2.- Giant mosaic unearthed in mysterious tomb in Amphipolis in northern Macedonia

3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site