Iván Navarro

TypeArtist
Male
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URLsArtist's page
Wikipedia


Exhibitions
Solo exhibition2014Iván NavarroAuckland Art GalleryAuckland
Solo exhibition2013Iván NavarroHayward GalleryLondon
Solo exhibition2012Iván Navarro: Fluorescent Light SculpturesFrost Museum of ArtMiami


Artworks in Collections
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture GardenWashington DC
Fonds National d’Art ContemporainParis
Solomon R. Guggenheim MuseumNew York
Saatchi CollectionLondon


Publications
Internet2013HISTORY OF LIGHT: Rising Stars, From Ivan Navarro to Katie PatersonLINK
Internet2012Man of RefractionLINK


1991 - 1995
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Education

Santiago, Chile
BFA, PUC of Chile
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1991 - 1995
1980
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Education

Santiago, Chile
As Navarro grew up during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, Navarro was used to electricity being shut off to keep citizens at home and isolated;

1980
1972
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Born

Santiago, Chile
Navarro was born and raised in Santiago, Chile, and the dictatorship of his homeland has had a profound impact on his work.

1972
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Places of residence

New York, USA

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Places of residence

New York, USA
Navarro lives and works in New York.

Iván Navarro was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1972. He received a BFA from that city’s Pontificia Universidad Católica in 1995. Born in the year preceding the coup d’état that ousted Salvador Allende and instated Augusto Pinochet, Navarro is interested in confronting the trauma of living in Chile under Pinochet’s military dictatorship. While the artist recalls from childhood the persistent fear of “being disappeared”—the fate of many political dissidents—it was not until he relocated to New York City in 1997 that he began to learn more about the extent of human rights abuses in his country, and the subject now forms the core of his practice. Navarro uses electric light as his primary medium, making politically charged sculptures and installations that address the violence inflicted by the Chilean state. On a local level, his works refer directly to crimes perpetrated by the country’s military regime, but some also reflect his concerns about global issues, addressing, for example, capital punishment in the United States. Navarro appropriates the austere visual language of Minimalism—in particular that of Dan Flavin’s fluorescent-light sculptures—and imbues it with explicit and critical political resonance. The centerpiece of his exhibition at the Venice Biennale (2009) was Death Row (2006), an installation of colorful light-framed doors that correspond to the monochrome panels in Ellsworth Kelly’s Spectrum (1969). Navarro also engages the history of early twentieth-century modernism in works such as Red and Blue Electric Chair (2006), a neon version of Dutch designer Gerrit Rietveld’s famous chair from 1918; Navarro’s chair unsettles the original’s utopian aspirations through a grim allusion to electrocution ..

https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/artist/ivan-navarro

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Homeless Lamp, the Juice Sucker photo Homeless Lamp, the Juice Sucker 2004 Iván Navarro 
Reality Show photo Reality Show 2010 Iván Navarro