Art and Ideas from Latin America
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Getty conservator Pia Gottschaller explains the multi-faceted approach her team used to analyze the material and techniques of Concrete works from the CPPC. Cross-sections of paint as well as non-invasive tools that measure electromagnetic spectrum and anecdotal evidence from interviews and archival photographs combine to tell a story that is complex, sometimes ambiguous, and open to informed interpretation. More

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Katherine Manthorne relates the adventures of a groundbreaking traveler artist, Maria Sibyla Merian. With her magnum opus, The Metamorphosis of the Insects of Surinam, published in 1705, Merian left an unparalleled verbal and visual record of of indigenous insects that she and her daughter, Dorothea Graff, studied and described while traveling in Surinam, also known as Dutch Guiana. More

Willys de Castro's Active Object (Yellow)

Willys de Castro's Active Object (Yellow), a work that is part of the recent Cisneros' gift to the Museum, marks an important turning point in the artist's shift from Concrete to Neo-Concrete art... More

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Traveler artists who worked in Latin America in the 17th to 19th centuries are often thought of as belonging to discrete national schools. Art historian Katherine Manthorne discusses the ways in which their work in fact occupies a more expansive and fluid internationality. More

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Sandra Pinardi discusses three photographers—Claudio Perna, Paolo Gasparini, and Alfredo Cortina—whose work transcends what Vilem Flusser has characterized as the production of “technical images” to produce images that subvert photography’s assumed documentary function and reinvent the medium. More

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