Gaia Art Foundation proudly supported the reissue of The Air is Blue: Insights on Art & Architecture: Luis Barragán Revisited.
The catalogue, first published in 2006 but never circulated, documents a series of exhibitions and interventions curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Pedro Reyes at Casa Luis Barragán in Mexico City over the course of three years. The project featured Francis Alÿs, Daniel Buren, Gilbert & George, Dominique Gonzales-Foerster, Joseph Grigely, Rem Koolhaas, Lygia Pape, Anri Sala, Ettore Sottsass, Rikrit Tiravanija and Niele Toroni, each of whom contributed work that united the worlds of poetry, urbanism, music, sexuality, art and architecture.
The Air is Blue is about how experiments, ideas and concepts work between art and architecture, how bridges can be built where we go beyond the fear of pooling knowledge (...) When I visited Mexico City for the first time, Pedro Reyes told me a lot about the Casa Barragán, which inspired a first visit in the house of the same name. After a while, the idea of an imaginary exhibition began to take shape and in the course of the following year it crystallized in conversations with the Director of the Barragán house, Catalina Corcuera and LCM, a visionary urban laboratory who had already organized several very intense research projects in Mexico City. LCM's openness and inventiveness allowed us to define this exhibition as a Laboratory where the emphasis lies on the process of research and knowledge production.
Hans Ulrich Obrist
Ten years after its initial publication, the reprint of The Air is Blue consists of a black-and-white scan of the original book, with an additional appendix of previously unpublished images and a new afterword, written by Reyes.