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- DescriptionPepon Osorio is an internationally recognized artist whose richly detailed installations challenge the stereotypes and misconceptions that shape our view of social institutions and human relationships. Osorio s colorful, often riotous installations are constructed from found objects and things that he customizes or creates. With a wry sense of humor, he probes sober topics, including prison life, domestic violence, AIDS, and poverty.Osorio s collaborative site-based works develop from his immersion into a community residents of urban ethnic neighborhoods, employees who provide social services, children in foster care and the discussions that result. As he addresses difficult themes such as race and gender, death and survival, and alienation and belonging, Osorio asks his audience to reconsider their assumptions and biases. In this book, Jennifer A. Gonzalez shows that although Osorio draws on his Puerto Rican background and the immigrant experience for inspiration, his artistic statements bridge geographical barriers and class divides.Osorio s installations have been exhibited internationally, and his work is represented at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and other major museums. He has received numerous awards, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1999.
- Author BiographyJennifer A. Gonzalez teaches in the Department of History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York. She has written for numerous periodicals including Aztlan, Frieze, Bomb, Camera Obscura, and Art Journal. Her book S ubject to Display: Reframing Race in Contemporary Installation Art was a finalist for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award.
- Author(s)Jennifer A. Gonzalez
- PublisherUCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press
- Date of Publication01/08/2013
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Series TitleVer
- Place of PublicationLos Angeles, CA
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight517 g
- Width190 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine12 mm
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