Ode to Joy (excerpt), Requiem (excerpt)

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Ode to Joy (excerpt), Requiem (excerpt)

Mexico, 2005
Collages
Twenty-four paper cutouts on paper
Framed: 78 1/16 x 58 3/16 x 1 1/8 in. (198.28 x 147.8 x 2.86 cm); 9 5/8 x 13 13/16 in. (24.384 x 35.052 cm)
Purchased with funds provided by the Bernard and Edith Lewin Collection of Mexican Art Deaccession Fund (M.2006.21a-x)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

Pablo Vargas Lugo belongs to a generation of conceptual artists who emerged in Mexico in the 1990s and rebelled against painting and the nationalistic tendencies of Mexican art....
Pablo Vargas Lugo belongs to a generation of conceptual artists who emerged in Mexico in the 1990s and rebelled against painting and the nationalistic tendencies of Mexican art. In 1994, he began creating his trademark cut-paper drawings. The works, which draw on familiar styles and signs, are complex visual puns that subvert the viewer's referents. Here, twenty-four sheets of music are peppered with rocks derived from Chinese painting and Japanese anime. The contiguous placement of the sheets creates the expectation that they can be read as a music score, an expectation that can never quite be fulfilled. Ilona Katzew, 2008
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