Artists
Miguel Angel Ríosborn 1943, Argentina
Miguel Angel Ríos

"...I make visible the violent moment in which we live, where we feel that life has no value. It is competition, power, violence, and chaos. The viewer may choose to identify with the powerful or with the vulnerable..."

 
Miguel Angel Ríos studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Buenos Aires before moving to New York in the 1970s to escape the military dictatorship in Argentina. He subsequently relocated to Mexico and now divides his time between the U.S. and Mexico.
 
In his work, Ríos pairs a rigorous conceptual approach with a meticulously constructed, handmade aesthetic. Since the 1970s, he has made work about the concept of the "Latin American," using this idea as both an artistic strategy and a political problem. In the 1990s, he began creating a series of maps which he carefully folded and pleated by hand. Marking the 500th anniversary of the "discovery" of the Americas, the maps indicate long histories of power and colonial experience, and they reference traditional indigenous arts in the Americas, including the Andean quipu.  
 
Since the early-2000s, Ríos has also delved into the medium of video to create symbolic narratives about human experience, violence, and mortality. His videos of spinning tops--trompos--use the childhood game of tops as a backdrop for a meditation on the transience of life, and the mechanics of power. In his 2012 Untitled video from The Ghost of Modernity, Ríos references high Modernism--with direct nods to John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, and Donald Judd--in the midst of the Mexican desert. "Is this ghostly geometric figure a lens through which the world can be reinterpreted?" the artist asks. "Or is it the paradigmatic principle of modernist thought that organizes the world around it? Are we inside or outside the cube?" 
 
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015: Landlocked, Arizona State University Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA
Endless, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
2013: Folding Borders, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros (SAPS), Mexico City, Mexico

2012: Museé d’Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne, France

Miguel Angel Ríos: Walkabout, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA, USA

2011Miguel Angel Ríos: Walkabout, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, México City, Mexico

Mecha, Nederlans Instituut voor Mediakunst, The Netherlands

2009: Miguel Angel Ríos, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina

On The Edge, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, USA

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France

2008A Morir, Sala de Arte Contemporáneo, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Aquí, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

2007: Aquí, Ex-convento de Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico

Aquí, Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, TX, USA

2006-2007A Morir, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Concentrations 49: Miguel Angel Ríos, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, USA

2006Miguel Angel Ríos: Love, Miami Art Museum, FL, USA

2005: Miguel Angel Ríos, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., USA

1999Manhattan Códice, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, México City, Mexico

1992Miguel Angel Ríos, Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY, USA

Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, FL, USA

Colección Isabel y Augustín Coppel

Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, NY, USA


Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich, Switzerland

Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

Fundación Arte y Mecenazgo, "La Caixa", Barcelona, Spain

Fundación Costantini, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano (MALBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., USA

Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA

Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA

Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Priest-en-Jarez, France

Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Toulouse, France

Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo (MEIAC), Badajoz, Spain

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC), León, Spain

Museo Nacional, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Barcelona, Spain

Museu Fundação Serralves, Porto, Portugal

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX, USA

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY, USA

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL, USA

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, USA

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

 

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EXHIBITIONS Miguel Angel Ríos
Folding Borders
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EXHIBITIONS Mirando la flor
Cardoso, Glassford, Muñoz, Rí...
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EXHIBITIONS Project Video 2015
Dias & Riedweg, Miguel Angel ...
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EXHIBITIONS Divergent
Asis, Esmeraldo, Ferrari, Fer...
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EXHIBITIONS Miguel Angel Ríos
Endless
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NEWS Ríos, Rojas, Muñoz, Porter, and Smith
Aurora Picture Show
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NEWS Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Magdalena...
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houst...
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NEWS Miguel Angel Ríos
13th Lyon Biennale
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NEWS Cardoso, Ferrari, Muñoz, Porter, Ríos,...
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
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NEWS Miguel Angel Rios
Get Lost: The Urgent Work of ...
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NEWS Miguel Ángel Ríos
Oi Futuro Flamengo
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NEWS Miguel Angel Ríos at the Ackland Art...
Miguel Angel Ríos: A Morir (...
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NEWS Mariano Dal Verme, Thomas Glassford,...
Sicardi Gallery at ArtBO, Stan...
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NEWS Maggi, de la Mora, Ríos, and Rojas
Sicardi Gallery at The Armory ...
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NEWS Miguel Angel Ríos
Arizona State University Art M...
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NEWS León Ferrari, Gabriel de la Mora,...
HOME - So Different, So Appea...
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NEWS Magdalena Fernández, Marco Maggi,...
SPACE
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NEWS Miguel Angel Ríos & Miguel Ángel Rojas
Sicardi Gallery at ArtBO, Boot...
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NEWS Muñoz, Ríos, Rojas, and Smith
Fondation Beyeler
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NEWS Dal Verme, Ferrari, Hasper, Muñoz,...
Museo de Arte Latinoamericano...
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NEWS Miguel Ángel Rojas and Miguel Angel...
Home- So Different, So Appeali...
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NEWS Miguel Angel Ríos | Nuit Blanche,...
Facing the Sky curated by...
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NEWS Miguel Ángel Ríos
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houst...
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NEWS Miguel Angel Ríos | Art in America
Nomadic Games by Raphael...
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PUBLICATIONS Miguel Angel Ríos
Aquí
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2001-2008
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Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos ...
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walkabout
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Musée d'Art Moderne, Saint-Et...
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PROJECTS Celebrating 20 Years

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PRESS Miguel Angel Ríos | Art in America
March 2016
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PRESS Miguel Angel Ríos | Slate
2014
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PRESS Miguel Angel Ríos | Art Nexus
2013
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PRESS Miguel Angel Ríos | Art in America
2012
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PRESS Miguel Angel Ríos | Frieze Magazine
2008
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PRESS Miguel Angel Ríos | Art in America
2005
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PRESS Miguel Angel Ríos | The Third Text
1996
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PRESS Miguel Angel Ríos | Inklusion/Exklusion
1996
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PRESS Miguel Angel Ríos | Art Press
1995
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PRESS Miguel Angel Ríos | MoMA Press Release
1994
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PRESS Miguel Angel Ríos | Art in America
1994
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