On view at The Contemporary Austin March 30 - July 14, 2019
Abraham Cruzvillegas joins exhibition curator Clara Kim for a conversation about autoconstrucción, the artist's practice of giving new life to everyday materials and found objects. More than a method or technique, he calls it "a way of thinking—a way of life." The talk, which includes interludes of music ranging from the artist's own songs to punk, is held in conjunction with the opening of Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites, a major survey of work by one of the most acclaimed artists from Mexico's vibrant contemporary scene.
Abraham Cruzvillegas in conversation with Jochen Volz, Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Gallery, London.
In this preview from the ART21 "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 7 episode, "Legacy," artist Abraham Cruzvillegas discusses the concept of "autoconstrucción" as an insight into his own artistic practice. Shown at his parents' home in Mexico City, the artist recounts how the home was constructed with found materials after his father acquired the empty land in the mid-1960s.
Video of Abraham Cruzvillegas on the function of museums today and the formation of Themistocles 44 and La Panadería.
Abraham Cruzvillegas on his new artwork for the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. Empty Lot consists of discarded materials from various London construction-sites built into the structure of the installation. On the top platform of the piece triangular planters containing soil from parks and green spaces all over London lie in a graphic almost geometric pattern. The planters are lit by lamps and watered every day, creating the optimum environment for something to potentially grow.
Hyundai Commission 2015: Abraham Cruzvillegas, Tate Modern Turbine Hall 13 October 2015 – 3 April 2016
In the thirteenth episode of Brilliant Ideas presented by Bloomberg and Hyundai, readers are invited to experience Abraham Cruzvillegas' unique world of art, beginning with his new installation work.
Abraham Cruzvillegas explains how his practice of autoconstrucción evolved from the contradictory and precarious elements of life which give the city a new shape every day. The city and environment in which an artist lives and works naturally influences their ideas, their practice and their form.
Artist Cities is a new series co-produced with The Guardian we explore the native or adopted cities of a range of major international artists. We learn how each artist has identified and developed a relationship with the landscape and city they call home and how such connections materialise in their work.