Painting

Eduardo Sarabia — History of the World

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OC9452
2012
32pp
250 x 180 mm (10 x 7 inches)
Softback
30 colour illustrations
Essays by Benjamin Godsill (English text)
and Patrick Charpenel (Spanish text)
Published by Other Criteria
ISBN 978 -1-906967-51-2

RRP £20

History of the World by Eduardo Sarabia reproduces ten oil paintings based on artist Eduardo Sarabia’s family events and daily life. Reinterpreting the photographs as oil paintings he interrupts the viewer’s reading of the figures and landscape with abstract markings, which also redefine the space within the composition. The book also includes an introductory section showing the artists signature iconography; drawings used on the surface of the artists’s ceramic works—his vases and plates. Fusing imagery of illegal contraband (from scantily clad provocative women to marijuana leaves and automatic weapons) and more traditional folklore type decoration (cockerels, goats, wildlife), Sarabia’s drawings address contemporary issues whilst referring to his Mexican heritage and parodying the cultural clichés surrounding drug smuggling, illegal trade, and machismo.

Eduardo Sarabia

Born in Los Angeles in 1976, Eduardo Sarabia obtained a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles and now lives and works in Los Angeles, Guadalajara and Berlin.

Sarabia is known for creating fake evidence for semi-fictional events, using performance, drawing, painting, ceramics, photographs and sculpture to document events and ideas. His Latino heritage is an influence in his work, with its cultural symbols appearing throughout.

The artist has published several exhibition catalogues and undertaken international projects including Salon Aleman, for the 21c Museum’s 3rd Annual Pajama Party, June 2008, Louisville, Kentucky and Salon Aleman, organized by Eduardo Sarabia in collaboration with unitednationsplaza, Berlin, Germany, 2006-2007.

Recently Sarabia has partaken in numerous international group shows, including I Love New York, I-20 Gallery, New York, USA, 2001; OIL, Triangle Project Space, San Antonio, Texas, USA, 2004; Poles Apart Poles Together. (Curated by Juan Puntes and Doron Polak), 51st Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2005; Body and Geography, (curated by Jeanette Zwingenberger) Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lille, France, 2006 and Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA, 2008. Recent solo exhibitions include Project Room: Eduardo Sarabia. (Curated by Ciara Ennis). Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, California, USA, 2002; Eduardo Sarabia/Eric Wesley, Sutton Lane, London, UK, 2003; Art Nova, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, Florida, USA (I-20), 2005 and 2006; Museo Raúl Anguiano, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2008 and History of the World-Eduardo Sarabia, LA Louver, Los Angeles, USA, 2008.

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