PRINT April 2003

’80s AGAIN

Gabriel Orozco

The ’80s were probably the last time the art world was centered in New York. And New York itself was quite self-centered. For a foreigner like me, visiting the city was like coming to a party where you are not invited and you are not properly dressed for the occasion. By the time I first showed in New York, in 1992, however, the market had collapsed and the government changed, as had the attitude: We were trying to reconnect with what we call reality, everydayness, human scale. And we were showing in different countries, taking interest in the specifics of other cultures.

As told to Margaret Sundell