May 31, 1999 |
Over the last decade, the country's leading art auction houses have seen an explosion in Latin American art sales, a testament to the growing internationalism of the art market and increasing knowledge about Latin America and its culture in the U.S. Both Christie's and Sotheby's have seen a jump in sales from a modest $2.5 million at Christie's and $2 million at Sotheby's in 1981, to 1998 figures of $19.6 million at Sotheby's and $21.7 at Christie's.
February 29, 2000 |
The Museum of Latin American Art is out to educate its audience about modern art in the Southern Hemisphere. An entirely praiseworthy crusade, it does have some curious side effects. Take this latest exhibition. "Szyszlo: In His Labyrinth" represents the California museum debut of a Peruvian artist the Encyclopedia Britannica counts among that country's leading lights. Fernando de Szyszlo was born in Lima in 1925; his father was a Polish scientist, his mother a Peruvian national.
May 30, 2008 |
Rufino Tamayo's "Troubadour" set a world auction record for Latin American art, fetching $7.2 million. The 1945 painting, which depicts a musician strumming his guitar as two women watch, was acquired by an anonymous buyer, Christie's spokeswoman Sung-Hee Park said. The $7.2-million bid on Wednesday easily eclipsed the previous record for a Tamayo painting of $2.59 million and topped Frida Kahlo's "Roots," which sold in May 2006 for $5.6 million. "Troubadour" was the first of four paintings to be sold by Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va., to raise money.
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June 19, 2011 |
Virginia M. Fields, a leading scholar of early Mesoamerican art and archaeology who joined the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's curatorial staff in 1989 and devoted 22 years to making the museum a vital center of Latin American culture — partly by organizing major exhibitions such as last year's "Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico" — has died. She was 58. Fields, who had suffered from diabetes since her youth, died Wednesday night of long-term complications from the disease in a hotel in Mexico City.
November 9, 2006
I read with interest your substantial feature on the growing cultural community of Long Beach ["L.B., as in Lively Bash," Oct. 19] and was astonished that the single most significant cultural institution, the Museum of Latin American Art, which anchors the northeast corner of the East Village Arts District, was not even mentioned. MoLAA has been a jewel in the crown of Long Beach and a major destination for art lovers, collectors and the Latin American community. MoLAA is the only museum in the U.S. devoted exclusively to contemporary Latin American fine art, showing the likes of Tamayo, Botero and the most important living Latin American artists.
July 7, 1999 |
Time was when people looked at art mainly as a porthole to the artist's soul. Recent emphasis on ethnic heritage, however, encourages audiences to expect a sense of the artist's culture as well. This drift is particularly germane to "Gerardo Chavez: Rhythms of the Fantastic," on view at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. After somewhat uncertain beginnings, the Museum of Latin American Art has expanded, improved and is now a small museum to be reckoned with.
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February 5, 2003 |
Bernard Lewin, a leading collector and dealer of Latin American art, died Jan. 30 at his home in Rancho Mirage. He was 96 and had suffered from heart problems for several months. Together with his late wife, Edith, he amassed a trove of close to 2,000 works, many of them by the best-known names in Mexican Modernist painting. In 1997, the couple donated their holdings to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a gift that made LACMA's Latin American collection among the top in the country.
April 4, 2010 |
Franklin Sirmans occupies a conspicuously neat space in a complex of glass-front offices at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The new head of LACMA's contemporary art department arrived in January with plenty of ideas, but it takes time to pile up the mountains of books and files that overwhelm many of his colleagues. Around the corner, Christine Y. Kim has settled in, but just barely. She joined the museum's staff last September as associate curator of contemporary art. And down the hall, another notably uncluttered office belongs to Britt Salvesen, who came aboard in October as chief of two departments: photography, and prints and drawings.