What to see at Mexico City Art Week 2018

What to see at Mexico City Art Week 2018

Every February, the creative community descends on Mexico City for a week of art and design fairs, pop-up shows, gallery openings, and tequila-fuelled parties. And there’s even more reason to celebrate this year, after Mexico City deservedly scooped Best City in our annual Design Awards. Here’s what not to miss at this year’s Mexico City Art Week...

Sean Scully artworks at Cuadra San Cristóbal designed by Luis Barragán

The Irish-born, American artist Sean Scully first visited Mexico in the early 1980s — a country which has continued to inspire him over the years. Coinciding with Mexico City’s art week, Scully’s work is celebrated at Cuadra San Cristóbal, one of Luis Barragán’s modernist masterpieces, on the outskirts of Mexico City. The site-specific exhibition is the first to take place at the equestrian and residential complex, completed in 1968 by the late Mexican architect. It features 15 recent paintings and three sculptures, installed in a bold yet poetic dialogue with the architecture of the estate.

‘Sean Scully — San Cristóbal’ is on view until 24 March, by appointment only; Cuadra San Cristóbal, Avenue Juárez 59B, Los Clubes, 52957 Ciudad López Mateos

Photography: Felix Friedmann

Sean Scully takes on Luis Barragán
Cuadra San Cristóbal
Studio Nouvel's glass artworks curated by Cecilia León de la Barra at Zona Maco

For its 15th anniversary, Zona Maco opened with bang. Mexico’s leading art fair continues to bring the best of the international art world, with this year 170 exhibitors from 27 countries. While the main section features a number of blue chip galleries – including Gagosian, Lisson and Almine Rech – the New Proposals section, curated by Humberto Moro, puts emerging artists centerstage. There, some particularly memorable works included the queer paintings of Mexican artists Manuel Solano and Ana Segovia at Karen Huber Gallery, and some bonkers, food-inspired resin sculptures by Andrew Ross at Galleria Mascota. Meanwhile in the design section, curated by Cecilia León de la Barra, an incredible glass-centric collection (pictured) was presented at the booth of Studio Nouvel, designed in collaboration with the Mexican designers Esrawe and Emiliano Godoy, as well as the American Brian Thoreen.

Until 11 February; Centro Citibanamex, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico City; www.zonamaco.com

Zona Maco turns 15
Centro Citibanamex
Carlos Amorales at El Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo

Operating at the intersection of film, animation, graphics, performance and sound, Carlos Amorales’ work has oscillated between abstraction and figuration, reality and fantasy. For this untraditional anti-restrospective, the Mexican artist has invited the curator of El Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) to interpret his 22 years of artistic production based on conceptual axes, rather than chronology. The exhibition features the 2007 installation Black Cloud (pictured), consisting of 30,000 paper cut-outs of black moths individually glued to the walls, as well as his recent project Life in the Folds (presented last year at the Venice Biennale), which is centred around a silent, black-and-white film that narrates the story of a migrant family who is lynched by the community to which they’ve migrated.

‘Axiomas para la acción (1996 – 2018), Carlos Amorales’ is on view until 16 June; El Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Insurgentes Sur 3000, Centro Cultural Universitario, Coyoacán, Mexico City; www.muac.unam.mx

Carlos Amorales
El Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo

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