Marius de Zayas (1880-1961)

1 Oct 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
Casa Luis Barragán. Ciudad de México
Curated by:
Antonio Saborit

This exhibition sketches Marius de Zayas against the backdrop of the New York City of the early twentieth century. The artist moved to New York in the spring of 1907, joining the newspaper The World's design team and taking a seat among various artistic and literary circles. There, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz invited him to show his charcoal works at the Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession, which he ultimately joined and used as a platform to transform his magazine Camera Work.  291, a key publication in the avant-garde and in the hot and intense spring of the Dada movement. Marius founded this magazine and named it in honor of Stieglitz and his gallery, which was located on 291 5th Avenue, in New York City. The artist gave the magazine its meaning, brought collaborators together, took charge of production, and distributed the publication in Europe and the Americas, with its pages marking him as one of the first creators of visual poetry in the American continent. The magazine 291 was active in parallel to the Modern Gallery, Marius de Zayas’s first gallery in New York City, where he showed then-unknown artists such as Diego Rivera and Paul Strand while also featuring pre-Hispanic and African art.  For this exhibition, the studio of the house has been intervened by Frida Escobedo, giving this portrait of Marius de Zayas its final strokes and highlighting the importance Luis Barragán placed on modern art itself.