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b. 1970, Mexico

Gabriel Kuri Biography

Alternatively described as a "unique accountant" and a "poetic activist," Gabriel Kuri creates visually refined sculptures, collages, installations, and photographs, working from repurposed natural, industrial, and mass-produced objects. Often creating site specific works, Kuri is concerned with the circulation of commodities and information within the global marketplace. Artworks are not exempt from his scrutiny, with the artist evaluating their social and political impact in equal measure with their formal qualities. Pie charts are reimagined with interlocking bins, filled with the materials they quantify.

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Kuri was born in Mexico in 1970, and studied at Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Mexico City, and Goldsmiths College of Art, London. Kuri gained international recognition as part of a circle of influential artists—including Abraham Cruzvillegas, Dr. Lakra, and Damián Ortega—who met regularly in the Mexico City studio of Gabriel Orozco in the late 80s and early 90s. Recent solo shows include Nobody Needs to Know the Price of Your Saab at the ICA, London (2011); Gabriel Kuri: Soft Information in Your Hard Facts at Museion, Bolzano (2010) and Join the Dots and Make a Point at Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg and Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld (2010). He has contributed to numerous international group shows, including the 5th Berlin Biennal in 2008; Brave New Worlds, Colección Jumex, Ecatepec, Mexico, 2008, and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2007; and Unmonumental, New Museum, New York, 2007. He lives and works in Mexico.

Gabriel Kuri Featured Artworks

untitled (AE DEC 18) by Gabriel Kuri contemporary artwork
Gabriel Kuriuntitled (AE DEC 18), 2020CNC cutout HMPE plastic, engraved and hand painted
Esther Schipper Contact Gallery
Untitled by Gabriel Kuri contemporary artwork
Gabriel KuriUntitled, 2013Stainless steel, Perspex, rubber bands, cardboard, paper
120 x 180 x 18.5 cm
Sadie Coles HQ Contact Gallery
adjustable point made by Gabriel Kuri contemporary artwork
Gabriel Kuriadjustable point made, 2017Plexiglass, rock
36.8 x 105.6 x 70.6 cm
Sadie Coles HQ Contact Gallery
Untitled (half moons and quarter moons) by Gabriel Kuri contemporary artwork
Gabriel KuriUntitled (half moons and quarter moons), 2019Stainless steel, concrete, Plexiglas, fabric
90 x 90 x 135 cm
Esther Schipper Contact Gallery
Untitled (scratch lotto oysters) by Gabriel Kuri contemporary artwork
Gabriel KuriUntitled (scratch lotto oysters), 2019Stainless steel, oyster shells, scratchcards
150 x 100 x 6 cm
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Esther Schipper

Gabriel Kuri Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, PS81E at Esther Schipper, Berlin
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16 June–26 July 2020 Group Exhibition PS81E Esther SchipperBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Gabriel Kuri, Gabriel Kuri at Kukje Gallery, Seoul
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4 June–5 July 2015 Gabriel Kuri Kukje GallerySeoul

Gabriel Kuri Represented By

Kukje Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea Kukje Gallery Busan, Seoul

Gabriel Kuri In Ocula Magazine

Top 5 booths at Art Busan 2016 Ocula Report Top 5 booths at Art Busan 2016 By Angela Suh, Busan

Located a stones throw from the famed Haeundae Beach, popularised in Korean cinema and countless K-dramas, Art Busan 2016 conveyed a leisurely air brought on by the first warm days of spring. Now in its fifth edition, the fair has grown into a sizeable event showcasing some of the best works in the region. With over 190 participating galleries...

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Gabriel Kuri In Related Press

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Strange and Seductive Objects: Gabriel Kuri Related Press Strange and Seductive Objects: Gabriel Kuri 6 September 2019, Mousse Magazine

'It is a privileged position. The practice of an artist would be laughable to a lot of other members of society who have to account for their labour. We allow ourselves to spend long hours philosophising and playing with our little props. This is why we as artists—and there I use the first person plural—we have a responsibility to pay...

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International art invades the suburban Coachella Valley: The best of 'Desert X' Related Press International art invades the suburban Coachella Valley: The best of 'Desert X' 13 March 2017, Los Angeles Times

Ah, the romance of the desert! A place of fierce natural beauty and beguiling spiritual wonder! A rejuvenating refuge from the crushing pressures of modern urban life! Desert X, the ambitious exhibition of new site-specific art installations scattered around the Coachella Valley, is successful partly because the 16 participating artists mostly...

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Soft Information: A Studio Visit With Gabriel Kuri Related Press Soft Information: A Studio Visit With Gabriel Kuri 22 December 2016, RanDian

We pass through a heavy iron gate and drive into the backyard of Gabriel Kuri’s studio in Culver City, California. Black volcanic rocks and grey stones of similar size—large enough to wrap your arms around—line the boundary where the property is fenced off on the left side. Behind them, I can see what seem to be stone casts of immensely oversize...

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Balance Sheets: 15 Minutes with Kit Hammonds Related Press Balance Sheets: 15 Minutes with Kit Hammonds 9 June 2015, Hong Kong Tatler

Balance sheets are often associated with commerce, budgets and number crunching. However, Edouard Malingue Gallery’s latest exhibit explores the idea of Balance Sheets in a creative context, taking a look at how we measure value between different fields on paper, along with the importance of balance when it comes to artistic composition....

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