Why Kurimanzutto Is Bringing a Show About a Short-Lived 1960s Art Gallery to New York

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Most summer gallery shows focus on presenting a broad swath of up-and-coming talent. But Kurimanzutto did something different: The Mexico City-based gallery traveled to London to present a tribute to a short-lived gallery that operated for two years in the mid-1960s. A version of the show will travel to Kurimanzutto’s recently opened New York space this fall, the gallery recently announced.


Is this impulse to look back prompted by the inexorable rise of the alpha gallery and the contemporary struggles of mom-and-pop shops? José Kuri, Kurimanzutto’s co-founder, says his motivation is not so much nostalgia as a desire to look for lessons that can be applied by disillusioned dealers today.

“It’s more about revisiting the idea that there are other ways you can exist in the world,” he says. “If you compare it to how galleries are acting right now, it is becoming so corporate and business-orientated, going back to these very simple models where they shared this common energy is very inspiring for a gallery like ours.


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Edited By Wenyue Xi