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Sand on Table

Artist:
Gabriel Orozco (Mexican, born Jalapa Enriquez, 1962)
Date:
1992–93
Medium:
Silver dye bleach print
Dimensions:
31.8 x 47.6 cm (12 1/2 x 18 3/4 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.137.2
Not on view
Orozco works in sculpture and photography in a style that is elegant, minimal, and antimonumental. His sculptures are often ephemeral-in this case, a table on a beach topped with a pyramid of sand-and his photograph of it gives the constructed situation a longer life. This work encourages an awareness of the temporal fragility of our accomplishments as well as of the richness of the resources available if we would but use the ordinary in poetic ways.
Inscription: Inscribed by the artist in pencil, verso, BLC: "A/P"; BC: "SAND ON TABLE"; BRC: "GABRIEL OROZCO 1993"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 10," August 28, 1995–November 13, 1995.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Hidden in Plain Sight: Contemporary Photographs from the Collection," May 15, 2007–September 3, 2007.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Everyday Epiphanies: Photography and Daily Life Since 1969," June 25, 2013–January 26, 2014.

Made in Chacahua, Oaxaca, Mexico in either December 1992 or January 1993. Other prints are inscribed "1992" (per J. Freilich, Marion Goodman Gallery 8/15/95).
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