PRINT January 2003

Kate Bush

ONE OF A COTERIE GROUPED AROUND MEXICO CITY’S Galería Kurimanzutto, Damián Ortega conceives his artworks not as discrete, rarefied objects but rather as forms of action combining material with thought. The young Mexican artist leaped onto the international stage this fall with “Cosmic Thing,” a solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, which followed contributions in 2001 to a number of notable group shows, like “Squatters #1” at Witte de With, Rotterdam, and the Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, and “Animations” at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in New York. If you’re traveling south this winter, check him out (through March 1) at “The Air Is Blue,” Hans-Ulrich Obrist’s curatorial intervention in the Casa Barragán, Mexico City.

Ortega’s works touch on questions of social space and environmentalism, on postindustrialization and urban modernity. The

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