(K. Brent Tomer),
LATIN AMERICAN art has long been an important feature of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Ever since 1931, when Alfred Barr, its then-director, followed an exhibition of Henri Matisse with a one-man show of the Mexican modernist, Diego Rivera, the museum has collected design, photography, film, architectural drawings, paintings and sculpture from region. In 2014 it put on the first American retrospective of Lygia Clark, a radical Brazilian who died in 1988. It brought together 300 works that were grouped around three themes: abstraction, Neo-Concretism and what the artist termed the “abandonment” of art. Now the museum can do even more, thanks to a donation from an important private collector.
The gift of 102 paintings and sculptures comes from Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, a long-time patron and trustee of MoMA, who has been buying art for more than half a century. Over the past 16 years she and her husband, Gustavo Cisneros, a Venezuelan-Dominican media mogul, have already donated 40 works to MoMA. This most recent gift will increase MoMA’s Latin American paintings and sculpture by as much as half again. It also includes plans for…Continue reading