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Photogravity, an installation by the internationally recognized contemporary artist Gabriel Orozco, will be the fifth in the series of Museum Studies projects by living artists created specifically for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photogravity will feature objects made during the summer of 1999. Orozco, who is widely admired for both his photographs and sculptural works, here synthesizes the two and examines the dialogue between photography and sculpture in his art. Photogravity will cast fresh light on the world-renowned collection of Pre-Columbian sculpture that was given to the Museum in 1950 by Louise and Walter Arensberg, together with their remarkable collection of twentieth-century art.
Born in Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico in 1962, Orozco is based in New York City. He has exhibited throughout the world, including a major exhibition at the Museé d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1998. His work will be the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art in summer 2000. Black Kites, 1997, a sculpture he exhibited at Documenta X, an influential, international contemporary-art exposition held in Kassel, Germany, is now in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.