KURIMANZUTTO TRIBUTE IN NEW YORK TO THE EMBLEMATIC SIGNALS LONDON
Inaugurated on November 13th, the New York gallery Kurimanzutto presents Signals: If You Like I Shall Grow (Part II), a collective exhibition that brings together the work of artists such as David Medal, Mira Schendel, Alejandro Otero, Jesus Rafael Soto, Sergio de Camargo , Lygia Clark and Liliane Lijn, among others. On exhibition until January 21st, the show commemorates the innovative spirit of the consecrated Signals London gallery (1964-1966).
Joining togethermore than 80 artworks by artists from around the world, Signals: If You Like I Shall Grow (Part II) is an exhibition conceived by José Kuri, co-founder of the gallery, and curated by the art historian Isobel Whitelegg. An institutional model for kurimanzutto, Signals London existed as a cross-disciplinary space that transcended the boundaries of fixed location and served as a platform for a number of emerging Latin American and European artists of the time. In doing so, the gallery and meeting space brought these artists into the spotlight for the first time in London, forging a global legacy for these now celebrated artists that evolved from the gallery’s short but prolific lifetime”, explained Kurimanzutto’s team in relation to the London gallery, originally thought as The Center for Advanced Creative Study by David Medalla, Gustav Metzger and Marcello Salvadori artists.
In this way, Signals: If You Like I Shall Grow (Part II) is presented as an extension of the collaborative work developed then. In addition, the exhibition features works rarely seen in London. “The spirit of kurimanzutto draws from the radical, spontaneous, and collaborative energy of Signals London, then a center for interdisciplinary experimentation and collaboration from 1964-1966. To present works by its artists at our New York project space is at once an honor and the purest expression of Signals’ ethos, impact, and legacy,” explained Kuri and added that the exhibition aims to contribute to the development of scholarships specialized in the international avant-garde new generation artists.
Artists at the exposition:
Antonio Asis, Michael Broido, Sergio de Camargo, Malcolm Carder, Lygia Clark, Gianni Colombo, José Maria Cruxent, Ivor Davies, Mathias Goeritz, Lily Greenham, Edwina Leapman, Liliane Lijn, Kenneth Martin, Mary Martin, David Medalla, Gustav Metzger, Alejandro Otero, Henk Peeters, Otto Piene, Jesús Rafael Soto, Mira Schendel, Dom Sylvester Houédard, Gerhard von Graeventiz and Li Yuan-Chia.
In 1999, Mónica Manzutto and José Kuri were approached by Gabriel Orozco with the idea of opening a gallery that would represent the new generation of artists in Mexico to which he belonged. kurimanzutto’s primary aim was to promote the careers of these artists and adapt to the varied and experimental projects it undertook. Initially a nomadic enterprise, its projects occupied disparate spaces across the urban landscape of Mexico City, and became the core of the first generation of its artists’ practice. In time, a warehouse space became available to the artists and kurimanzutto for different ventures that required both an arena of freedom and unbound space. In 2008, kurimanzutto opened a permanent gallery space in Mexico City, yet the gallery continues to search for places outside the white-cube to carry forward its original vision. 2018 marks the gallery’s exploration of new regions with the opening of a project space in New York.