El Paso Museum Crowdsources Recent Acquisition

Gabriel Orozco (Mexican, 1962-  ), Lotus Leaves (two/thirds leaf variation mounted with vertical tilt). Etching on gampi mounted between UV resistant museum glass in wooden frames. Signed and numbered under base in pen. Lapis proof, 2 of 2. Courtesy of The Lapis Press

Gabriel Orozco (Mexican, 1962- ), Lotus Leaves (two/thirds leaf variation mounted with vertical tilt). Etching on gampi mounted between UV resistant museum glass in wooden frames. Signed and numbered under base in pen. Lapis proof, 2 of 2. Courtesy of The Lapis Press

Some museums hold events during which guests can weigh in on acquisitions for their collections, but these are usually restricted to high-level donors and the events are big fundraisers. Recently, the curatorial department at the El Paso Museum of Art studied its collection in order to identify gaps and decided it needed a work on paper by a contemporary Mexican artist. In late November, the museum put four works under consideration on display and allowed all its members to vote on their favorites. The people’s choice: Lotus Leaves by Gabriel Orozco.

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