View of “Juan Araujo,” 2018–19. From left: Il ettelaP, 2018; Mickey, 2018; II yekciM 2018; Palette II, 2009.

Juan Araujo


In drawings, paintings, and objects, Juan Araujo combines conceptual sophistication with technical virtuosity, the former evinced in his evocation of art history (modernism in particular) and the latter apparent in the methodology of his installation, which allowed this survey exhibition to function equally as a whole or as a collection of individual components.

In the first room of the show, the display strategy for the works followed strict rules of duplication (via works that are copies of preexisting images) and reduplication (via further copies of the same images, a repetition of the repetition). Araujo paired a small painting of his own palette with reproductions of two illustrations that would inspire Roy Lichtenstein’s paintings: the first, the fragment that inspired the 1964 painting Craig, and the second, the illustration behind the 1961 painting Look Mickey, in which Donald Duck

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