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December 10, 2000 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Suzanne Muchnic is The Times' art writer
In a move that fulfills a donor's requirement and signals a deepening commitment to the art of Central and South America, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is launching a showcase and study center for Latin American art. Named for Southern California dealers Bernard and Edith Lewin--who in 1997 gave the museum more than 2,000 works, mostly by Mexican Modernists--the new facility will open Thursday at LACMA West, the museum's satellite at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue.
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May 31, 1999 | LORENZA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 29, 2000 | WILLIAM WILSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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May 30, 2008 | From the Associated Press
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 1999 | WILLIAM WILSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2011 | By Suzanne Muchnic, Special to The Times
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.
BUSINESS
December 8, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK - The painting once hung in the Cleveland Museum of Art. And there was no shortage of people who wanted it in the crowded Christie's auction room. The artwork, "Women Reaching for the Moon," is a blur of a woman in a red dress. It was painted by Rufino Tamayo, the famed Mexican creator of abstract works that combine European and Latino influ- ences. Though bidding started at $500,000, it quickly reached $1 million. The standing-room-only crowd murmured as auctioneer Adrian Meyer parried with the remaining bidders, and workers wheeled in rows of extra chairs.
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