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The act of perseverance



Jose Dávila


1974 –

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  • Details

    Media categories
    Sculpture , Installation
    Materials used
    site specific mixed media installation with found materials from Cockatoo Island, Sydney
    installation dimensions variable
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of the artist with additional support from the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and the Biennale of Sydney 2020
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Jose Dávila
    Artist information
    Jose Dávila

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Jose Dávila’s practice explores spatial occupation and the transitory nature of physical structures. Drawing on his formal training as an architect, Dávila’s sculptural installations emulate, critique, and pay homage to 20th century avant-garde art and architecture. Often referencing artists including Josef Albers, Sol LeWitt and Donald Judd, Dávila’s work investigates how the modernist movement continues to be appropriated, translated and reinvented.

    Permanent collections featuring Dávila’s work include the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City, Mexico; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil; Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York; the Zabludowicz Collection, London, Great Britain; and the Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg. Dávila was the winner of the 2014 EFG ArtNexus Latin America Art Award, has been the recipient of support from the Andy Warhol Foundation, a Kunstwerke residency in Berlin, and the National Grant for young artists by the Mexican Arts Council (FONCA) in 2000.