Latin American Art

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Latin American Art

Art of the Americas, Level 4: Artworks on view

In 1997 Edith and Bernard Lewin, dealers and southern California residents, gave the museum more than two thousand works primarily by Mexican modernists, making LACMA one of the main repositories of Latin American art in the US. Since then, LACMA has focused much attention on building a stellar collection of Latin American art, ranging from ancient to contemporary. The breadth of the collection—with much growth still under way—is what makes LACMA’s collection truly exceptional. Since 2006, for example, the museum has acquired more than 50 important works from the viceregal period, converting the museum into one of the main collections of Spanish colonial art in the United States. Other areas of expansion include the nineteenth century, modern and contemporary art (including postwar geometric abstraction), and Latin American design.

Virgin of Guadalupe (Virgen de Guadalupe)
Manuel de Arellano
1691
Folding Screen with Indian Wedding and Flying Pole (Biombo con desposorio indígena y palo volador)
Mexico
c. 1690
Messengers in the Wind (Mensajeras en el viento)
Rufino Tamayo
1931
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…

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