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1506 West Alabama Street
Houston, TX 77006
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Founded by María Inés Sicardi in 1994, Sicardi Gallery was among the very first in the United States to represent avant-garde and contemporary artists from Latin America. As of today, the gallery is known as Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino in recognition of its founder’s nineteen years partnership with Allison Armstrong Ayers and Carlos Bacino.

The gallery represents a provocative range of artists, from such modernist masters as Jesus Rafael Soto, Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt), and Carlos Cruz- Diez, to internationally recognized contemporary artists, including Oscar Muñoz, Liliana Porter, Miguel Angel Rojas, Marco Maggi, and Gabriel de la Mora, as well as the Estates of León Ferrari, Manuel Espinosa, Mercedes Pardo, and Alejandro Otero. These artists have been instrumental in shaping the character and dynamics of the gallery, inspiring an innovative program of solo and cross-generational exhibitions as well as promoting experimental artistic urban projects, worldwide. Growing in tandem with the emerging field of modern Latin American art in Houston and the US, Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino extends its reach by advancing new models of artistic production and intellectual collaboration with universities, museums, and other cultural organizations. Through strong relationships with artists, curators, art historians, and art collectors, the gallery continues to place its represented artists’ work in seminal museums and collections, build and disseminate research on these artists, and remain a stimulating platform for intellectual debate and creative exploration within the community.

Designed by Brave Architecture, the gallery building is located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, directly across from The Menil Collection. The 5,900 sq.ft. gallery includes two floors of exhibition space and a research center with an art archive and a library. Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino is a member of the Art Dealers Association of America [ADAA], an invitation-only organization that recognizes the highest levels of expertise and professional standards in the art market.
Artists Represented:
Antonio Asis
Maria Fernanda Cardoso
Gustavo Díaz
Carlos Cruz-Diez
Dias & Riedweg
Sérvulo Esmeraldo
Estate of Manuel Espinosa
Magdalena Fernández
Estate of León Ferrari
Gego
Thomas Glassford
Graciela Hasper
Marco Maggi
Gabriel de la Mora
Oscar Muñoz
Liliana Porter
Miguel Angel Ríos
Miguel Angel Rojas
Pablo Siquier
Works Available By:
Geraldo de Barros
Martha Boto 
Pedro S. de Movellán 
Julio Le Parc
Antonio Lizárraga 
Marie Orensanz 
Alejandro Otero
Mercedes Pardo
Francisco Sobrino 
John Sparagana
Taller Torres-García
Gregorio Vardanega

 

 
Installation view courtesy Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino.


 
Past Exhibitions

Alfredo Volpi and Eleonore Koch



September 2, 2021 - October 16, 2021
Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino is pleased to present the first international exhibition bringing together the work of Alfredo Volpi (1896-1988, Italy/Brazil) and Eleonore Koch (1926-2018, Germany/Brazil), in partnership with Cecilia Brunson Projects, London. A text written by curator Cecilia Brunson will accompany the exhibition.

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Carlos Cruz-Diez: Chromointerferent Environment



September 2, 2021 - October 16, 2021
Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino is pleased to announce the installation of Carlos Cruz-Diez's (1923-2019, Venezuela/France) immersive chromatic projection, Chromointerferent Environment, in our upstairs project room. The artist's iconic chromatic environments have featured notably across Houston, from the inclusion of Cromosaturación in his landmark retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2011 and the site-specific installation Spatial Chromointerference at the Buffalo Bayou Cistern from 2018-2019 to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's commission Cromosaturación MFAH for the underground tunnel leading to their new Nancy and Rich Kinder building open to the public now.

León Ferrari, Cildo Meireles, Gabriel de la Mora, Oscar Muñoz, Marie Orensanz, Miguel Angel Ríos, Miguel Ángel Rojas, John Sparagana, and Ana Maria Tavares

Subtext



July 8, 2021 - August 21, 2021
Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring artists Gabriel de la Mora, León Ferrari, Cildo Meireles, Oscar Muñoz, Marie Orensanz, Miguel Angel Ríos, Miguel Ángel Rojas, John Sparagana, and Ana Maria Tavares, and we are excited to kick off our summer programming with a return to in-person opening receptions. An essay written by Independent Curator Ximena Gama accompanies the exhibition.

Marco Maggi

No Visual Distancing Please...



March 25, 2021 - May 15, 2021
Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino is pleased to present "No visual distancing please...," a solo exhibition with new work by Marco Maggi (b. 1957, Uruguay). The exhibition will be Maggi’s sixth solo show at the gallery and features nine works created over the last year. While the grip of the global pandemic requires us to maintain physical distancing from one another and move much of our interpersonal communication and experiences online, his microscopic detailing and incredibly fine incisions into the paper invite us to come closer, demanding a physical and visual closeness to absorb the intricacies of the precisely-rendered world Maggi creates.

Elias Crespin

And Yet It Moves!



March 25, 2021 - May 15, 2021
Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino is pleased present "And Yet It Moves!," the gallery's first solo exhibition for contemporary kinetic artist Elias Crespin (b. 1965, Venezuela/Paris). The exhibition features six of his electrokinetic mobiles, suspended geometric structures whose sophisticated spatial fluidity is activated by mathematical algorithms designed by the artist, reflecting his years as an engineer and his engagement with the legacies of such Venezuelan kinetic masters as Jesús Rafael Soto and Gego. The exhibition is accompanied by a curatorial text written by Domitille d'Orgeval.

Gabriel de la Mora

Unearthing the Mirror



January 21, 2021 - February 27, 2021
Unearthing the Mirror, a solo exhibition with new work by Gabriel de la Mora (b. 1968, Mexico), is on view through February 27, 2021. The exhibition is De la Mora's fifth solo show at the gallery and features thirteen works made of pigmented feathers of turkeys native to Mexico. This series "Neornithes" exemplifies de la Mora's sophisticated treatment of highly delicate, intricate materials and the conceptual balance he strikes between universal geometric abstraction and the meaning generated by a specific place and time. The exhibition is accompanied by a curatorial text written by Gabriela Rangel, writer, curator, and Artistic Director for MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Alberto Baraya, Claudio Bravo, Aldo Bonadei, Gustavo Bonevardi, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Magdalena Fernandez, Thomas Glassford, Gabriel de la Mora, Marie Orensanz, Alejandro Otero, Miguel Angel Rios, Melanie Smith, and Ana Maria Tavares

Nature



October 8, 2020 - November 28, 2020
Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino is pleased to present our new exhibition Nature, on view through December 19, 2020. This exhibition highlights artists Alberto Baraya, Claudio Bravo, Aldo Bonadei, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Magdalena Fernández, Thomas Glassford, Gabriel de la Mora, Marie Orensanz, Alejandro Otero, Miguel Angel Ríos, Melanie Smith, and Ana Maria Tavares. All of these artists use close observation of nature as a starting point, whether conceptually or in terms of materials used, to create this diverse body of work dating from 1950 to today. During the unprecedented global shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and a radical shift in lifestyle, many people have found the opportunity to reconnect with nature by spending more time outdoors and adopting a slower-paced lifestyle more attuned to natural rhythms. The artists presented here explore themes from environmental conservation to cycles of life and death and celebrate the inherent order and beauty within nature both on a microscopic and a macroscopic scale. A return to nature might be the only answer to the mounting environmental and global health crises we as a population face today. Within nature, many answers can be found as to how to live responsibly and sustainably, and many cures may be found to the illnesses that plague our population. The gallery is open by appointment only. We are closely following local government guidelines and taking every precaution to ensure the well-being of our visitors and team. To schedule a visit, call or text Will Isbell at 832.264.3466, email info@sicardi.com, or call 713.529.1313.

Gustavo Diaz

Incompleteness: The Poetics of the Intangible



January 23, 2020 - March 14, 2020
As Tobias Ostrander explains, "With the title of his current exhibition, Incompleteness: The Poetics of the Intangible, Díaz alludes to the “incompleteness theorem” by Kurt Gödel, originally published in 1931, in which the mathematician articulates the idea that for any law or logic to be “complete” it must contain within it its own contradiction. His thinking, based in science but more philosophical or even existential in character, implies that we are all in fact incomplete and only within our own contradictions might we approach a sense of wholeness. Díaz combines this reference with those of the “intangible,” which addresses his consistent experimentation with the limits of materiality, often pushing the structure of paper close to the point of disintegration."

Alejandro Otero

Rhythm in Line and Space



October 25, 2019 - January 16, 2020

Leon Ferrari



September 19, 2019 - October 19, 2019

Graciela Hasper

Unexpected



September 5, 2019 - October 19, 2019

Maria Fernanda Cardoso + Marie Orensanz



June 13, 2019 - August 3, 2019

Fanny Sanín

Concrete Abstractions



May 23, 2019 - August 3, 2019

Marie Orensanz

Pure Marble



March 29, 2019 - May 18, 2019

Eugenio Dittborn, Claudio Perna, Adriana Bustos

Photography at its Limits



March 29, 2019 - May 18, 2019

Carlos Cruz Diez



January 17, 2019 - March 9, 2019

Miguel Angel Rios

Torn to Shreds



January 17, 2019 - March 23, 2019

Miguel Angel Rojas

Greed & Desire



November 16, 2018 - January 12, 2019

Common Ground



November 16, 2018 - December 20, 2018

Maria Fernanda Cardoso

On the Origins of Art



September 14, 2018 - October 19, 2018

Mercedes Pardo

Beyond Color



September 14, 2018 - November 8, 2018

Thomas Glassford

Osculum



June 22, 2018 - September 6, 2018

Gustavo Díaz

Fuzziness: Thinking on Paper



April 5, 2018 - May 24, 2018