London-based gallery Timothy Taylor, which recently announced the opening of its first space in New York at 515 West 19th Street, will debut with an exhibition dedicated to the late Mexican architect Luis Barragán.
Luis Barragán (1902-1988) was one of the greatest second-generation modernists, and along with Oscar Niemeyer, the most important 20th century architect to emerge from Latin America.
“Architecture of Color: The Legacy of Luis Barragán” will explore Barragán’s architectural practice, his spiritual sense of aesthetics, and his unique use of color. The exhibition will also celebrate his legacy through the artworks of his contemporaries, those influenced by him, and those with whom he shares a visual and deeper synergy. This is the first exhibition of Barragán’s work in New York since his retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 1976. The exhibition – curated by Oscar Humphries – will include works by Mexico-based artists with whom Barragán had close ties, including Mathias Goeritz, Chucho Reyes and Edu ardo Terrazas. Timothy Taylor 16×34 will transform the interior of the gallery with colorful walls that reference Barragán’s work, creating conversations in color with pieces by some of the most influential living and non-living artists of the past century. These artists will include Josef Albers, Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Sheila Hicks, Agnes Martin and Sean Scully, and will be presented with Barragán-designed furniture.
Barragán’s bold use of color, his masterful manipulation of natural and artificial light, and his command of form which he applied to local and international architectural practice placed him at the very forefront of 20th century architecture. It has been Barragán’s amalgamation of expansive references, together with his virtuosity and sensitivity as a creator of spaces, that transports the occupant beyond architecture into the realm of art.
One of Modernism’s most poetic voices, his design approach was at once totally new and classical. He saw and interpreted his country’s natural and cultural geography through a 20th century lens. Mathias Goeritz, who collaborated with Barragán on the Torres de Sa-télite (1957-58), was the first to use the term ‘emotional architecture’ in relation to Bar-ragán’s work. This exhibition will explore those same principles in painting and sculpture, drawing a parallel between Barragán’s ‘emotional architecture’ and the ‘emotional abstrac-tion’ of many of the artists included in the exhibition.
“Barragán was an architect surrounded by artists, not by architects,” says Eduardo Terra-zas, whose friendship with Barragán began in the 1960s.
In describing the exhibition, Tim Taylor says, “Oscar has taken the feeling and meaning of a Barragán space and created an immersive physical reference by way of artists who speak Barragán’s language of color and the result is rather extraordinary. The intimacy of our New York space is perfectly suited for this exhibition as Barragán worked at a human scale.”
Barragán’s furniture, never put into production and only made for specific projects, has the same simplicity of form, tactility of material, and authenticity that is evident in his buildings. In this exhibition, rare examples of his design practice will be shown: a bench and a pair of chairs from his famous equestrian project “Cuadra San Cristobal” (1966-68), Los Clubes, Mexico City.
The exhibition will also include rare archival material loaned by public and private collec-tions in Mexico and abroad, documenting Barragán’s architectural practice, as well as per-sonal documents and ephemera not previously shown in the United States.
“My house is my refuge, an emotional piece of architecture, not a cold piece of conven-ience.” Luis Barragán
- Rene Burri, Cuadra San Cristobal Mexico City,1967-68 by Luis Barragán© ReneBurri/MagnumPhotos
- Eduardo Terrazas, 1.1.118, 1973. ©Eduardo Terrazas, courtesy Casa Luis Barragán Collection and Timothy Taylor 16x34
- Agnes Martin, Untitled, 2002. ©Agnes Martin/Artists Rights Society, New York, courtesy Private Collection and Timothy Taylor 16x34
- Rene Burri, Luis Barragán, Mexico City, 1969 © ReneBurri/Magnum Photos