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Doors II

Claudia Fernández, Mexican, b. 1965

Creation date: 1998 (published 2001)
Creation place: Mexico

Other Information

Type: Photograph
Medium and Support: Photograph on paper mounted on metal
Credit Line: Gift of the Suzanne Figi Latin American and Contemporary Art Fund
Accession Number: 2001.4
Dimensions: 73 1/2 in. x 52 3/8 in. (186.69 cm x 133.03 cm)


Claudia Fernández, Mexico, D.F. (1998 - January 30, 2001)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (January 30, 2001 - )

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December 2005
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Composed from a photographic archive of typologies of metal garage doors and fences widely used in middle-class domestic architecture throughout Mexico, Claudia Fernández's diptych, Doors I and II, remixes these urban samples into formal arrangements of geometric lines and shapes. Ordered into rigorous grids, the photographs self-consciously reference both the persistently flat picture-plane of Geometric Abstraction and Minimalism's strategic systematization. The photographs' value as sociological documentation is not, however, completely removed. The repeated doors and frames reveal at once a compulsive preoccupation with security and fortification, and the decisive influence of post-War Modernist architecture in Latin America.
Doors I and II were featured in Axis Mexico: Common Objects and Cosmopolitan Actions (2002) curated and organized by SDMA. Together with Eruption (2000) by Fernanda Brunet, these pieces were the first Latin American acquisitions made with the Suzanne Figi Latin American and Contemporary Art Fund established in 2000. Their purchase marked a renewed commitment to Mexican contemporary art as one of the acquisition priorities for SDMA's contemporary collection.
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This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Axis Mexico: Common Objects and Cosmopolitan Actions San Diego Museum of Art , 9/14/2002 - 3/9/2003


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Berin Golonu, ed. Artweek Spaulding-Devin, Inc.. San Jose, California, June 2001
Page Number: 2

Ms. Betti-Sue Hertz. Axis Mexico: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2002
Page Number: 144

W.S. Di Piero. Reader San Diego Reader. San Diego, California, January 30, 2003
Page Number: 92

Ms. Betti-Sue Hertz. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 264, 265, Figure Number: 265

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