October 2010

In a country well known for its sculpture and sculptors, Costa Rican Francisco Amighetti is recognized as the first fine artist in the 20th century to use wood engraving, xylography, as a medium of expression. As did Costa Rican sculptor Francisco Zuniga, in the 1930s, Amighetti rejected traditional European styles of art for more revolutionary ideas, like Surrealism infused with primitive elements. read more...

Naturaleza Muerta

Naturaleza Muerta painting in Latin America countries thrives throughout the Americas in the 18th and 19th century. The term literally means “dead nature” or “still nature.” The Still Life in conventional imagery has flowers, fruits, or objects of craft, clothing or status. As early as the 1600s, another type of Naturaleza Muerta flourishes… throughout the various cultures in the Americas, portraits of dead or still individuals.

Still Life was an important imagery in colonial art; genre and religious paintings in which objects play a significant part. They express national, regional and local identities. The objects are detailed, tactile and preserved for posterity. Their placement is significant of importance. Order and understanding of taxonomy are evident in some of the works that appear like drawers in a museum collection.

Postmortem imagery originally developed in Renaissance Europe. It had a particular importance in Latin America. Deceased adults and especially children are captured in paintings, portraits and later, photographs, often enhanced by words detailing the age or character. Objects and representations of station or stature were included. Generally they evoke a sense of peacefulness, yet sometimes the images were politically or socially significant as in the work of Mexican modernists Frida Kahlo, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Jose Clemente Orozco.


Naturaleza Muerta  1938
Frida Kahlo

Dead Child  1922
Jose Clemente Orozco

"Entre dos Mundos"
19 drawings by Jose Bedia created with acrylic and oil pastels and framed by an anthropological approach that attempts a journey from the past to the present through nature, technology, and humanity, in order to combine reality with fiction.
Through November 21, 2010
Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain

“Pearl & Stanley Goodman Latin American Collection”
Works from the collection started in 1980s.
May 8 through December 5, 2010
Museum of Art, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

"Parallel Currents: Highlights from the Ricardo Pau-Llosa Collection of Latin American Art"
Approximately 50 paintings and sculptures, collected over a 36-yr period. With full color catalogue.
Through Nov. 14, 2010
Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

“Dreams and Realities: Latin American Prints, Drawings, and Watercolors, 1959-1991”
30 works based on the imagination or on observation, or both, the exhibition suggests the nature of and themes found in Latin American art created after 1950.
Through February 6, 2011
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida

”Southern Identity: Contemporary Argentine Art”
80 works by 32 living Argentine artists, including León Ferrari, Marta Minujín, Luis Felipe Noé, Nicola Constantino, Marcos López, Pablo Siquier and Marcia Schvartz.
Through January 23, 2011
Smithsonian Latino Center, Washington DC
“A Century of Revolution: Mexican Art since 1910”
In conjunction with a city-wide celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution.
September 1-November 21, 2010
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR

“Nueva York: 1613-1945”
Exhibits tracing New York's deep and extensive historical roots with the Spanish-speaking world.
September 17 through early 2011
El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY

“Siqueiros Paisajista / Siqueiros: Landscape Painter”
This exhibition reveals the renowned Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros as a major landscape painter.
Through January 30, 2011
Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles, CA

“Latin American Art: Myth & Reality”
Looks at the diverse inspirations and traditions of Latin American art, particularly the pervasive themes of myth, nature, religion, animals and the mysteries of birth and death.
Through November 4, 2010
Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY

“Vibracion - Modern Art from Latin America”
A selection of more than two hundred works, spanning painting, sculpture, photography and drawing, presents key positions of Latin American geometric abstraction.
To January 30, 2011
Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany

Starting Your Art Collection

You like art, enjoy going to galleries and museums, and are thinking “maybe it is time to start investing in art.” There are many ways and many kinds of art collections. As you like art, there is a good way for you to start your own collection, too. Possibly you already have a nice piece or two and are on the verge of expanding your collection. Whether just starting or expanding, you can follow some guidelines.

My personal art collection is one where I have personally met each artist whose work I hang in my home. Since I work as a ‘gallerist,’ that is an authentic way for me to amass a credible collection. Will all the works be more valuable one day? No. But I enjoy each one and the memories of the time when I purchased or received the art. And that brings me to:

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