(b. 1968, Mexico City) is an artist and writer working in the fields of sculpture, installation, and live action. Abaroa “remakes” canonical artworks into monuments of impermanence, dismantling the often staunchly serious modernist forms he pulls from and disrupting their art historical authority. These remakes upend U.S. and European modern art history through the interweaving of everyday materials and local practices, situating his practice and environs within a global, socio-political context. Abaroa has exhibited his work in several major museums including Museo de Arte Zapopan, Mexico (2014); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2013); The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2011); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2007); Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2005); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2004); PS1, Long Island City, New York (2002); Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2002); and other important venues in the United Kingdom, Canada, France, and South Korea. In the early 1990s Abaroa co-founded the T44 artist run space. He directed the 9th International Symposium of Art Theory in Mexico City during the International Symposium on Theory on Contemporary Art in 2011. Abaroa has published numerous texts regarding contemporary art, including the book Ensayos sobre el público with Alias and essays in exhibition catalogues of Francis Alÿs, Melanie Smith, Pablo Vargas Lugo, Doctor Lakra, and other artists working in the Mexican context.

tags: visual artist, installation, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City