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Raúl Zamudio is a New York-based independent curator, art critic, art historian and teacher.
Raúl Zamudio was born June 19, 1959 in Tijuana, Mexico. A native Mexican of Paipai ancestry, he was raised in San Diego, California and later moved to New York City where he currently lives and works. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees in art history from the City University of New York; and also studied at the following institutions: Vassar College, Université Laval, Columbia University, and the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He is an alumnus of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program in Critical Studies.
He was Director of Exhibitions at White Box, New York City, and was Curator-at-Large at the:artist:network, New York, New York. He has curated over 60 exhibitions in the Americas, Asia and Europe including solo shows of Dennis Oppenheim, Javier Téllez, Miguel Angel Rios, and Bik Van der Pol, as well as group exhibitions including Surge (Beijing)(co-curator), Garden of Delights (Yeosu), Body Double (Wrocław), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Mexico City), Under Your Skin (New York), The Phantom Limb (Chicago), The Crystal Land Revisited (Newark), The Bermuda Triangle (Miami) and Theater of Cruelty (New York).
His curatorial work is distinguished by his unique expansive approach underscored, for example, in the following exhibitions: Rayuela*, based on the novel by the writer Julio Cortázar; The Crystal Land Revisited, which was conceptually organized around an essay by the artist Robert Smithson; The Passenger , based on the film by the director Michelangelo Antonioni; In the Future the Curator Will Point and Say,"Those Objects Over There is an Exhibition", based on an aphorism by Marcel Duchamp; another exhibition based on a medical condition; and Art After Dark And After , a talk show in which he served as host that was both an interview program with artists and an art exhibition masked as dialogue and discussion. He was artistic director, 2008 Yeosu International Art Festival, Yeosu, South Korea; co-curator, 2008 Media_City Seoul International Media Art Biennial*; curatorial adviser, We Are Your Future, 2007 Moscow Biennial; invited to co-juror the 2007 and 2004 Cuenca Biennials; and co-curated an official collateral exhibition titled Poles, Apart, Poles Together for the 2005 Venice Biennial. He is one of the curators of the 2009 Beijing 798 Biennial .
As an art critic, he has published over 190 articles in books, museum and gallery exhibition catalogs, magazines and journals, of which many have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Polish, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese. Some of the artists he has written essays on include Damien Hirst, Rebecca Horn, Lucio Fontana, Jesús Rafael Soto, Waltercio Caldas, Cildo Meireles, Santiago Sierra, Francis Alys, Lygia Clark, Helio Oiticica, Javier Téllez, Julio Galan, Ana Mendieta, Gabriel Orozco and Teresa Margolles. He is contributing editor, Art Nexus, and U.S. correspondent,Flash Art, and other texts appear in numerous periodicals including Contemporary, TRANS> Arts Culture Media, Estilo, Art in Culture, Zingmagazine, [Art Notes], Laboratory, Framework: The Finnish Art Review, and Tema Celeste. His writing has been cited, along with Susan Sontag, by Reed Johnson of the Los Angeles Times in an article on war and beauty.
He has taught at numerous universities and colleges in the U.S. including Parsons School of Design, John Jay College, City College, and Kean University. He has been a visiting critic/curator at Ehwa Women's University, Seoul; Royal College of Art, London; Tampere Polytechnic, Tampere; FRAME, Helsinki; Centrum Cultura Zamek, Wrocław; Oaxaca Museum of Contemporary Art; Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; Szamzie Space, Seoul; Art Omi, Ghent, New York; Newark Museum; and Location One, New York City. He has lectured, presented papers, delivered talks and participated on panels at numerous universities and museums including Harvard Divinity School, U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University, University of Southern California, University of Washington, CAM/New York University, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Cleveland Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum, Drawing Center, National Museum of American History, Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington, D.C., and the Americas Society.
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