Latin American Art


Latin American Art

Art of the Americas, Level 4: Artworks on view

In 1997, the collectors Edith and Bernard Lewin added more than two thousand works by Mexican modernists to the collection, making LACMA one of the main U.S. repositories of Latin American art. The museum has since expanded its collection with works from throughout Latin America, ranging from the colonial to the contemporary periods. The modern collection includes works by Diego Rivera, Roberto Matta, and Rufino Tamayo. Postwar and contemporary artists represented include Francis Alÿs, Hélio Oiticica, and Jesús Rafael Soto.

Francis Alÿs

Virgin of Guadalupe (Virgen de Guadalupe)
Manuel de Arellano
Folding Screen with Indian Wedding and Flying Pole (Biombo con desposorio indígena y palo volador)
c. 1690
Messengers in the Wind (Mensajeras en el viento)
Rufino Tamayo
Coca Box (Coquera)
Bolivia, Moxos or Chiquitos
c. 1770

Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz

In 2007 LACMA acquired a group of six paintings by the Mexican painter Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz. When LACMA acquired the works they were covered with a yellow varnish layer that obscured the contrast and tonality of the original colors and flattened the perspective. Once removed, the illusion of space and depth returned, revealing the work of a thoughtful and highly skilled artist. This video documents the process of conserving Morlete's pictures.—Ilona Katzew, Curator of Latin American Art, LACMA

LACMA Acquires Its First 19th-Century Mexican Painting

Recently, thanks to the generosity of Ronald A. Belkin, LACMA received an important work by the 19th-century Mexican painter Felipe Santiago Gutiérrez (Mexico, Texcoco, 1824–1904). To commemorate the occasion, we invited James Oles to give a lecture on the importance of the work…

New Acquisition: Antonio de Torres, Virgin of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe is without question one of the most revered and reproduced images of the Christian world. This striking painting, the first by the celebrated Torres to enter LACMA’s collection, bolsters our expanding collection of Spanish colonial art and stands as a testament of our city’s enduring ties with Mexico…