Galleria Ramis Barquet is pleased to present Cinco de Mayo, a group exhibition of Uriarte talavera by contemporary Mexican artists. Founded in the year of Mexican independence 1824, as a family workshop, Uriarte continues the tradition of 16th century talavera pottery distinguished by brightly colored decoration, designs fused with glazes and earthenware made from the fine off-white clay surrounding Puebla city. Originally adorned with chromatic hispano-islamic motifs brought to Mexico after the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire, the company has widely experimented with new designs and forms since the early 20th Century, introducing indigenous pre-colonial influences and even Art Nouveau into the lexicon of the individually hand crafted designs.
Early examples of Uriarte talavera were acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Museum of Art prior to this twentieth century revival, and presently pieces from the workshop are in the permanent collections of the Museo José Bello y Gonzalez, Puebla and the Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City. The self- perception of Uriarte is inextricably bound with that of Mexican nationhood and the modern achievements of the country. In accordance, Uriarte and the Franz Mayer Museum sponsored an exhibition entitled ‘El cinco de mayo de 1862 Uriarte Talavera Contemporánea’, also shown in Canada and the United States during 2012. Thirty renowned Mexican Artists working in conjunction with the company’s skilled artisans, created sixty-four pieces and eleven murals related to the Battle of Puebla and the commemoration of its 150th anniversary. These included Aída Aguilera, Luis Argudín, Silvia Barbescu, Feliciano Béjar, Marna Bunnell, Marcos Castro, Alberto Castro Leñero, Francisco Castro Leñero, Joaquín Conde, Alex Dorfsman, Mónica Dower, Demián Flores, Pedro Friedeberg, Cisco Jiménez, Luis Nishizawa, Maribel Portela and Cristina Rubalcava.
A curated selection of works by artists represented by Ramis Barquet, allows the first opportunity to acquire some of the exhibited works. Diverse in composition and in interpretation of the historic event, the designs range from murals by Fernanda Brunet, decorated busts and statuettes by Miguel Perez and Cisco Jiménez, and whimsical Surrealistically inspired experimentations in form of Pedro Friedeberg.
Intending to capture some of the energy, revelry and exuberance of the annual Cinco de Mayo festival, the gallery is hosting a mid-day opening for the first time on Saturday May 4th sponsored by 1800 Tequila.