Alongside curating Gabriel Orozco’s retrospective for Tate, I have been writing a book on his work, which to my delight has now arrived.

Orozco Go Book

Tate curator Jessica Morgan’s new book on Gabriel Orozco, out now

For over a year I visited Gabriel in Mexico and New York to interview him about his art, and this book covers his work  from the early 1990s until now. Here are a couple of spreads:

Two spreads from Gabriel Orozco book GO by Jessica Morgan 2

Two spreads from Jessica Morgan’s new book on Gabriel Orozco from Tate Publishing

Two spreads from Gabriel Orozco book GO by Jessica Morgan 1

Two spreads from Jessica Morgan’s new book on Gabriel Orozco from Tate Publishing

Not all artists are keen to talk about their work and even fewer are very good at it. Gabriel however, has a precise but also inventive way of speaking about what he does. That may partly come from his ability to speak a few languages - and the titles of his artworks also show how much he enjoys words. One of the phrases that he used about his work that impressed me was his description of sculpture being ‘like a fruit’ - with layers that can be peeled off but a core at the centre. It is similar to another idea that he often mentions to do with the explosion from a centre that characterizes the origin of the universe.

Gabriel Orozco Roto Spinal

Gabriel Orozco’s Roto Spinal 2005

© Courtesy of the artist; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; and kurimanzutto, Mexico City

With Gabriel’s work, everything seems to come back to the sphere or the circle. It is a form that you see throughout his work but also an idea that recurs organically.

Jessica Morgan’s book on Gabriel Orozco (Tate Publishing) is available from Tate shops

Comments

O.G.

Wow what a fantastic life experience: sharing time with Gabriel... and having the chance to write his feelings and ideas

Strand Boord

I sincerely hope that this exhibition will not be another non-event. I think that conceptual art of the 90's needs another chance. The public then wasn't ready.