Carlos Amorales 'Aftermath'
October 23 – November 20, 2010
Yvon Lambert is pleased to announce the third exhibition by Mexican artist Carlos Amorales at the New York
gallery. Entitled Aftermath, the exhibition will feature a new installation and wall drawings by the celebrated
artist. The exhibition will open with a reception for the artist on Saturday, October 23 from 6-8pm and
will be on view until November 20, 2010.
Rooted in issues of life and death, mythology, and unconscious dream states, Amoralesʼ body of work is
personally anecdotal, yet open to the viewerʼs interpretations of the narrative. The artistʼs fantastical
aesthetic is often contradictory in nature: revealing yet enigmatic, disquieting yet encouraging.
The inspiration for Aftermath is the devastating 1985 Mexico City earthquake that destroyed a large part of
the city, killing thousands. When the earthquake occurred, it rendered the government incapacitated for a
week. During this governmental lapse, Mexican civilians took over rescue efforts and general aid tasks. For
Amorales, the shattered city reflected the severely corrupt Mexican government. The experience of living a
week of anarchy, mitigated by the strong resolve of the citizens, combined with Amoralesʼ strong reaction to
the destroyed buildings, has greatly shaped the artistʼs personal and aesthetic development.
Aftermath serves as homage to this monumental moment in Amoralesʼ formation as an artist. The exhibition
also functions as a political commentary, questioning both the need for the stateʼs rule in our society, and
how large-scale catastrophes shape history. The wall drawings, made by rotating jagged rulers around a
central point, suggest large seismic cracks and aftershocks. Six fictional newspapers, three in English
featuring excerpts from Emile Zolaʼs Germinal, and three in Spanish with selections from El Peor Dia,
combine images of the earthquakeʼs destruction with the classic anarchist texts. The newspapers, partially
printed and partially hand drawn by the artist, will be displayed on a table as a singular installation.
Carlos Amorales (b. Mexico City, 1970) lives and works in Mexico City. His work is featured in prominent
public and private collections throughout the world, including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate
Modern, London; The Margulies Collection, Miami, Florida; The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania;
and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Amorales has exhibited internationally at institutions such as the Centre
Pompidou, Paris; The Power Plant, Toronto; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; The Orange County
Museum of Art, California; Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico; Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich; The Irish Museum of Modern
Art, Dublin; Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany; and the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.
About Yvon Lambert:
Yvon Lambert opened Galerie Yvon Lambert in Paris in 1967. The Collection Lambert in Avignon opened in 2000 with 350
works from Yvon Lambertʼs personal collection and presents more than 1200 works today. Yvon Lambert New York was
founded in 2003 and in 2007 moved to its current location, designed by Richard Gluckman in collaboration with Thomas