January 28, 2009 |
The fate of the Cisneros collection of Latin American art, considered among the best ever assembled, is a question that has long preoccupied art lovers here and throughout the world. For the last decade, the collection owned by Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, wife of a Venezuelan media magnate, has been an itinerant one, lent out in tranches to dozens of museums in North and South America. Cisneros' foundation says it has fulfilled that phase's stated mission: to educate the public and tastemakers and convince them that modern Latin American art is richer and more diverse than many people's perceptions of it, which often begin and end with Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and muralists such as Diego Rivera.
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January 23, 2009 |
Robert Gumbiner, a physician and HMO pioneer who built the managed-care giant FHP and then used his fortune to found the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, has died. He was 85. Gumbiner died of prostate cancer Tuesday at his Long Beach home, said Susan Golden, a museum spokeswoman. "I know something about building things," Gumbiner -- pronounced Gum-buy-ner -- told The Times in 2007 while discussing the museum he started in 1996.
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.
January 5, 2008 |
For those who fault the Museum of Modern Art for paying insufficient attention to contemporary Latin American art in recent years, the institution's splashy show of recent acquisitions amounts to sweet vindication. MoMA opened "New Perspectives in Latin American Art, 1930-2006: Selections From a Decade of Acquisitions" to enthusiastic reviews in November.
August 19, 2007 |
"I have to admit that I'm enjoying the shock value of this," says Venezuelan collector Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, walking into a display of 20 Spanish colonial objects at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "People know our collection of modern geometric abstraction from Latin America. No one associates us at all with Spanish colonial art. These are things we live with. But it's all about beauty and appreciation of our heritage."
July 27, 2007 |
When an art museum opens a new or expanded building, as the Museum of Latin American Art recently did in Long Beach, a dilemma arises for the curatorial staff: Should the opening feature a special exhibition? Or, given the unending demands of new construction, will the distractions prove too great to allow a rigorous show to emerge?
June 10, 2007 |
"IN my former career I built 55 medical centers and four hospitals in nine states. I know something about building things," says Dr. Robert Gumbiner, founder of the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. A soft-spoken, no-nonsense guy at 84 -- he sets his watch alarm to keep up with appointments and brings his own questions to interviews -- Gumbiner is a former general practitioner who made a fortune in managed care.
June 9, 2007
REGARDING Agustin Gurza's article about the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach ["Latin Art Museum Gets a Fresh Look, New Attitude," June 2], I think the words "gaudy" and "garish" would better describe the new facade at the museum. While I think it is a good museum, I think the new addition is traffic-stopping in its monstrous proportions and colors. SARAH ARNOLD Long Beach
June 2, 2007 |
The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach has been like the downtrodden stepchild of Southern California's glamorous museum family -- often ignored by critics, overlooked by art elites and forced to work overtime for every scrap of credibility it can muster. Its location hasn't helped.