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Damián Ortega

Mexican, b. 1967

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Damián Ortega

Mexican, b. 1967

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Biography

Having begun his career as a political cartoonist, Damián Ortega brings a honed wit and intellectual rigor to his sculptures, installations, and videos. Composed of everyday objects and materials—from bricks and glass to tortillas—Ortega’s works are punning commentaries on politics, consumer culture, and the process of perception, exploring his proclaimed interest in the “mix of inside and outside, individual and group of society, open and closed.” In his celebrated Cosmic Thing (2002), Ortega invited viewers to consider the controversial history around production of the Volkswagen Beetle by disassembling it, then re-composing it in mid-air like an illustration in a mechanic’s instruction manual.

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Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 4 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 10 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 3 more
Biography

Having begun his career as a political cartoonist, Damián Ortega brings a honed wit and intellectual rigor to his sculptures, installations, and videos. Composed of everyday objects and materials—from bricks and glass to tortillas—Ortega’s works are punning commentaries on politics, consumer culture, and the process of perception, exploring his proclaimed interest in the “mix of inside and outside, individual and group of society, open and closed.” In his celebrated Cosmic Thing (2002), Ortega invited viewers to consider the controversial history around production of the Volkswagen Beetle by disassembling it, then re-composing it in mid-air like an illustration in a mechanic’s instruction manual.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 4 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 10 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 3 more
Articles Featuring Damián Ortega
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Jul 8th, 2013
The Top 10 Sculptors Working Today
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