(K. Brent Tomer),
LATIN AMERICAN art has long been a feature of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Ever since 1931, when Alfred Barr, the 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 the region. In 2014 it put on the first American retrospective of Lygia Clark, a radical Brazilian who died in 1988, bringing together 300 works grouped around three themes: abstraction, Neo-Concretism and what was 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 works comes from Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, a MoMA trustee who has been buying art for more than half a century. The family has already given the museum 40 works. This most recent donation will increase MoMA’s holdings of Latin American paintings and sculpture by half as much again. It also includes plans for a Cisneros Institute to be opened in MoMA’s midtown Manhattan campus, which will focus on research, conferences and…Continue reading