5. Oscar Murillo | manifestation

270,000–290,000 USD


Oscar Murillo
b. 1986
Oil, oil stick, cotton thread and graphite on canvas, velvet, and linen
78 3/4 x 70 7/8 in. (200 by 180 cm)

Courtesy of the artist

In conversation with Charles Henry Rowell on David Zwirner’s ‘Dialogues’ podcast in 2019, Oscar Murillo described his art as ‘first and foremost […] a download of physical energy’. Incorporating video, installation and performance, the artist’s ambitious and constantly evolving multi-disciplinary practice has seen him set up a fully functioning candy factory with a major food producer from his native Colombia, for the 2014 exhibition ‘A Mercantile Novel’ at David Zwirner in New York, and initiate ‘Frequencies’ (2013–ongoing) with political scientist Clara Dublanc, which sends blank canvas to high schools across the world for children to draw on. At the core of Murillo’s work, however, lies painting, which he has spoken of as a vehicle for infiltration. His distinctive, large-scale canvases are characterized by bold, gestural marks; in some, found imagery, bearing fragments of text, is embedded within the vibrant abstraction. In both aesthetics and anarchic energy, works such as HSBC: Pork Pashtuk (2014–15) convey the influence of artists as different as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jackson Pollock and Robert Rauschenberg. Each piece carries within it a visceral sense of its own making and retains — even on a monumental scale — traces of the intimate. Rooted in his own experience, Murillo’s practice expands outwards to examine cultural, social and politicalissues. Born in Colombia in 1986, the artist moved to London as a child — a reality that fuels his passionate exploration of migration, circulation, trade and family, as well as the economic and cultural effects of globalization. As the late curator Okwui Enwezor wrote in his introduction to the artist’s 2017 monograph, Murillo has established a ‘porous border between the studio and the real world’. Murillo has had solo shows around the world, including at the Aspen Art Museum (2019) and Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2017), as well as creating a significant presentation for the Venice Biennale, Italy (2015). His work is in the collections of major institutions, including The Broad and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Dallas Art Museum, TX; and Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy. In 2019, he was a joint winner of the Turner Prize.

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