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Porcupine Cabinet

Sebastian Errazuriz (Chilean, 1977-)

Created: 2011
Materials:Lacquered wood, steel, and glass; 5/6
Dimensions: 20 x 26 3/4 x 63 inches

Sebastian Errazuriz was born in Santiago de Chile; raised between that city and London; and completed his artistic studies in art, film, and design in Washington, Edinburgh, and Milan, ultimately earning an MFA from New York University. Featured in over 40 exhibitions in Asia, Europe, and the USA, Errazuriz was the second living South American to be included in Sotheby’s Important 20th-Century Design auction in 2005, and has taught at Parsons/New School and several Chilean universities. He is a cutting-edge, 21st-century designer whose innovative and inspired works align with the Mint’s goal of building the finest collection of contemporary international design in the world. Errazuriz’s objects demonstrate his belief that design can be a powerful way to impact our lives, through the dynamic interaction that his work demands. As Porcupine Cabinet opens before the viewer’s eye, it transforms from an elegant minimalist sculpture to an energetic anthropomorphic character. One knows that this is a cabinet — but much more, too. It is included in the exhibition Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft, and Design at Mint Museum Uptown from 1 September 2012 through 27 January 2013. With the acquisition of Porcupine Cabinet, the Mint would be the first American art museum to have a work by Sebastian Errazuriz in its collection.