Breaking Ground: 20th-Century Latin American Art at the Norton Simon Museum
In celebration of Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month, the Museum is presenting an exhibition of works from 20th-century Latin American artists. Spanning the period from 1931 to 1985, the featured artworks demonstrate how artists broke new ground, leaving behind or drastically altering artistic conventions to explore diverse forms of modernism. Although Latin American art is often presumed to be figurative and political, this exhibition makes clear that artists were engaged with a variety of subjects and themes, and that they conceived of the “figure” in radically different ways. Employing line, shape, form, color and texture, they undertook innovative approaches to figure–ground relations, using positive and negative space for various purposes. This intimate exhibition, which consists of selections from the Norton Simon Museum’s collection, features work by not only some of the most revered names in Latin American art but also artists who are less widely known. Included are the Mexican painters, lithographers and photographers Diego Rivera, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Rufino Tamayo, José Luis Cuevas and Ángel Bracho, as well as South Americans Roberto Matta (from Chile), Gego (also known as Gertrud Goldschmidt, from Venezuela) and Antonio Frasconi (from Uruguay).