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press: 'Art Is the Opposite of Spectacle': The Stunning Notebooks of Gabriel Orozco

Orozco’s work has long been unified by this kind of devotion to the antispectacular, to the everyday, to the explorations of complexities that are not immediately obvious. The following entries are culled from Orozco’s book “Written Matter,” a compilation of texts, sketches, and images from almost two dozen notebooks kept by the artist between 1992 and 2012. Translated from the original handwritten Spanish, the early entries featured below — recorded in ’92 and ’93, when Orozco gained his reputation as one of Mexico’s most imaginative artists — offer personal truisms, compelling insights, observations, and notes on process and method, forming a subterranean stream that runs parallel to his artwork.