Since 2009 Oscar Humphries has curated exhibitions focusing on art, design, and architecture for museums, galleries, and independently. He has shown and worked with a wide range of material, from ancient to contemporary art. In the design and architecture field he curated the first exhibition in the UK to show both the photographic and design practice of Carlo Mollino. In 2016 he curated Luis Barragan: The Architecture of Color, the first US exhibition to explore the work and influence of Barragan since MoMa’s exhibition in 1976. The exhibition Albers & the Bauhaus, which he curated, explored both Josef and Anni Albers’ work at the Bauhaus and that of their peers including Marcel Breuer and Marianne Brandt, combining fine art and design.
Oscar Humphries has worked extensively with the artist Sean Scully on institutional exhibitions. These include major shows at the Benaki Museum, Athens, the Hugh Lane, Dublin, and IVAM, Valencia. In 2018 he produced the first ever exhibition to be staged at Luis Barragan’s most important architectural project, the stable complex Cuadra San Cristóbal in Mexico City, featuring paintings and site-specific sculpture by Sean Scully.
Recent institutional exhibitions include: Sean Scully, Aeternum, Forum Paracelsus, St. Moritz, February 2020. Richard Long, ORIZABA TO URIQUE RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH, Cuadra San Cristóbal, Mexico City, February 2020, produced together with Lisson Gallery. Humphries is the publisher of numerous books on art, design, and photography. He was formerly the publisher & editor of the art magazine Apollo from 2009-2013. Together with Faye Fleming he is co-editing ‘Between the Lines: Critical Writings on Sean Scully - The Early Years’ which will be published by Art / Books in early 2021.