Artist Bosco Sodi Creates an Art Utopia with Architect Tadao Ando

  • October 02, 2014 11:56

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Located in Oaxaca, Mexico, Casa Wabi is a refuge for artists and the local community, designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando.
Photography by Nicholas Alan Cope for WSJ. Magazine
Brooklyn-based artist Bosco Sodi's new arts foundation in Oaxaca, Mexico is featured in WSJ. Magazine's October issue. Casa Wabi, the expansive, minimalist property, designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, is meant to be "a refuge for artists and the local community." The complex, which opens at the end of this month, boasts an 8,000 square foot art gallery, numerous studios for visiting artists, a botanical garden and much more. Sodi hopes to attract artists around the world who will interact with local students from kindergarten through university.

“The children in these communities have no contact with art," says Sodi. "The idea is to bring them to see the studios, the nursery, the gardens and to open their understanding of life...I want them to see a Daniel Buren sculpture and think, ‘Why is this art?’ And then they might think, ‘I can do this.’”

Said Patricia Martin, curator for the foundation, “The program will bring together two worlds that don’t usually coexist: renowned artists and members of developing communities...The hope is that it will become a relevant community center where the learning experience goes both ways. This will be a social project carried out through art.”

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