Hollywood based Galerie Lakaye hosted an opening art party for Mexico: Where Art Rules, a group exhibition of nine artists from Mexico City and Oaxaca. The exhibition will remain on view through August 5, 2023.
Featured artists include Raul Herrera, Esteban Urbieta, David Fernandez Duany, Laura Bueno Sánchez, Alejandro Meza, Ulises Gallegos, Carmen Soto, and Raul Prieto, alongside renowned Papel Picado folk artist Margarita Fick and deliberately selected works of Barro Negro pottery from the village of San Bartolo Coyotepec.
As the immigration crisis rages on with the Mexican border states of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, many Americans tend to view Mexicans solely within that context. But Mexico is also an empire of art and culture, boasting 150 museums in Mexico City alone, in keeping with cities like Paris and London. In fact, art is everywhere you turn in Mexico.
“For every pristine, white-cube gallery, there’s a converted taco store or newspaper kiosk showing art too,” says Alastair Smart of Christie’s Auction House. All of the works in this exhibition reflect on the mysticism and lyricism, which permeate Mexican culture–from veneration of ancestors, spirits, and the dead as a way of life, the Virgen de Guadalupe's velvet grip on the population, and the magical realism surrounding the area’s flora and fauna.
Some of the artists featured in Mexico: Where Art Rules are little-known (the gallery directors discovered them during a trip to Mexico City and Oaxaca last fall); some are emerging, and others are established, including 82-year-old Raul Herrera, who has had two solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, as well as one-man shows in France, Belgium, and England.
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On view: June 3, 2023 – August 5, 2023
What: Mexico: Where Art Rules
Where: Galerie Lakaye, 1550 N. Curson Ave., LA, 90046