Curated by Oscar Humphries, Sean Scully – San Cristobal is the first exhibition to be presented at Cuadra San Cristóbal and it is first time the artist’s sculptures will be shown in Latin America.
The dramatic geometries and strong colours that form part of the architecture are a fitting backdrop to Sean Scully’s powerful and emotive works. Built in 1966 as an equestrian and residential complex, the design of Cuadra San Cristóbal represents the apex of Barragán’s ‘high period’.
In the interior spaces, including the horse stalls, paintings on aluminium and copper will be shown. Each stall will present a different aspect of Scully’s work, in a sequence made all the more powerful by the repetition of the architecture. The artist's recent sculptures, in both Cor-Ten and painted steel, including the monumental Boxes of Air,will be installed in the grounds.
Seeing Scully’s work in such a setting will reveal the historic – both ancient and modern – and indeed architectural origins of his practice, by creating a juxtaposition that is both contrary and sympathetic. Produced in consultation with the Egerstrom family - the owners and occupiers of Cuadra San Cristóbal for whom the property was built - this sensitive intervention will shed new light on this well-known landmark and provide a different perspective on the work of one of our leading contemporary artists.
Sean Scully first visited Mexico in 1981 and on various trips throughout the subsequent decade, created works there. A 1984 watercolour was the first Scully work to use the title Wall of Light – something he revisited when he began the seminal series of that name. In the 2000’s Scully returned to Mexico with a series of photographs taken there which he included in his book The Color of Time. This exhibition is a celebration of the artist’s long relationship with Mexico, a country with which he has a strong relationship - literal, aesthetic and spiritual.
Sean Scully – San Cristobal is at Cuadra San Cristóbal, Mexico City until 24 March 2018.
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