The Armory Show has commissioned Mexican-born, Belgium-based artist Gabriel Kuri to create the visual identity for the 2011 fair. Kuri’s artwork, which often combines everyday detritus and commonplace materials in unexpectedly poetic juxtapositions, will set the aesthetic for the fair’s look, will be featured in all its advertising and marketing materials and will be showcased in the catalogue. This will be the tenth year The Armory Show has commissioned an artist to define the image of the fair.
Gabriel Kuri is renowned for sculptures and collages made from the remains of everyday purchases and found objects. Kuri reconfigures meaning from tickets and receipts, retail supplies and slabs of marble, stones and other incongruous materials.
“We are very happy to have Gabriel Kuri contribute his unique sensibility to The Armory Show’s image,” said Executive Director Katelijne De Backer. “We look forward to sharing his gift for allusion and his lyrical combinations with the thousands of collectors, curators and art enthusiasts that visit our fair.”
Gabriel Kuri has exhibited widely throughout the world. He is represented by Sadie Coles HQ in London, Galería Kurimanzutto in Mexico City, Franco Noero in Turin and Esther Schipper in Berlin. His work has been seen in numerous international group shows, including the 5th Berlin Biennal (2008); Brave New Worlds at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2007) and at Colección Jumex, Ecatepec, Mexico (2008); and Unmonumental at New Museum, New York (2007). Recent and upcoming shows include Gabriel Kuri-Soft Information in Your Hard Facts at Museion, Bolzano; Join the Dots and Make a Point at Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, traveling to Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld; and Gabriel Kuri: Nobody needs to know the price of your Saab at The Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, traveling to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Kuri lives and works in Mexico City and Brussels.