Emotional Architecture

At Sean Kelly Gallery in New York James Casebere presents a new body of work inspired by world-renowned Mexican architect Luis Barragán.

Emotional Architecture
In “Emotional Architecture”, James Casebere presents an entirely new body of work inspired by world-renowned Mexican architect Luis Barragán. The title of the exhibition references the name given to the style of modernist architecture conceived by Barragán and the artist Mathias Goéritz, who, frustrated by the cold functionalism of Modernism, embraced space, colour and light to create buildings that engendered warmth, meditation, and reflection.


In this new body of work, Casebere returns to his career-long interrogation of interior architectural spaces to explore Barragán’s sumptuous use of colour, dramatic light and simple haptic, planar surfaces. These new works evoke the serene austerity that inhabited.

James Casebere, <i>Emotional Architecture</i>, 2016, framed digital chromogenic print mounted to Dibond. © James Casebere. Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York
James Casebere, Courtyard with Orange Wall, 2017, framed archival pigment print mounted to dibond. © James Casebere. Courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly, New York

Casebere’s early series of work examining societal power structures through the interrogation of prisons cells. However, the sense of isolation and enforced confinement that defined those works has been replaced with an atmosphere of joy and beauty that characterizes Barragán’s unique oeuvre.

“Emotional Architecture” is James Casebere’s first solo presentation in New York since 2010 and his first in the gallery’s new space.

until 11 March 2017
Emotional Architecture
Sean Kelly Gallery
475 Tenth Avenue, New York

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