Gabriel Orozco «Home Run» 1993.

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Gabriel Orozco, Home Run close-up, 1993
Home Run close-up, 1993

In Home Run from 1993, Orozco places oranges in cups, vases, and other containers in the windows of apartments across the street from New York's Museum of Modern Art. The gallery walls no longer function as the structural framework to display the work: the actual artwork is outside of the institution, visible just by looking out the window. The gallery walls function differently from how they usually do; in this case, they serve only the purely functional purpose of supporting the architectural framework of an edifice that allows the viewer to see the sculpture from its vantage point.

Gabriel Orozco, Home Run far view, 2000
Home Run far view, 2000

The work of art only exists because of a wall label in the museum. So, instead of the artist creating the work of art simply by signing it, as Duchamp did by signing R. Mutt on a urinal, the work exists solely due to the curator creating a wall label. Thus, Orozco has the institution invest an outside object with the status of the work of art.


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