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Marie Orensanz

Artist Talk


Marie Orensanz


In an event co-sponsored with the Cultural Service at the French Consulate in Houston and the French-American Chamber of Commerce Houston, Sicardi Gallery hosted a tour of the exhibition Marie Orensanz: A Path to Share. Artist Marie Orensanze was present to discuss her work, along with curator Domitille d'Orgeval.


Marie Orensanz (b. 1936, Argentina)  began her artistic career studying painting with two of the foundational artists of Argentine Modernism: Emilio Pettoruti and Antonio Seguí. An active member of the art scene in Buenos Aires in the 1960s and 1970s, she participated in numerous exhibitions and cultural activities there before moving to Paris in 1975.


Curator Domitille d'Orgeval writes, "Her poetic and social work, which is both sensitive and conceptual, possesses a great aesthetic and intellectual coherence and defines both genres and categories." The exhibition at Sicardi Gallery includes important drawings from the 1970s, as well as a room-size installation of Opaline bells with Orensanz's iconic written statements. The exhibition will also include sculpture and video.


Since the mid-1980s, Orensanz has completed several public works, including installations at Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires, Parque de la Memoria in Buenos Aires, the Lycée Blanc-Mesnil in Paris, the Universidad San Martín in Buenos Aires, and the Musée National des Sciences, des Techniques et des Industries in Paris. She is represented in numerous collections, including Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France; Fondation Camille, Paris, France; Fond National d'Art Contemporain, Paris, France; Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina.