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Arts of Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean

Works of art from Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean range from ancient cultures to cutting-edge artists of today. Among the highlights are the Glassell Collection of Pre-Columbian Gold and the museum’s growing collection of modern and contemporary art by Latin American and Latino artists.

© Estate of Jose Gurvich
Uruguayan, born Lithuania, 1927 - 1974
Formas en blanco y negro
Forms in Black and White
Oil on board

31 1/8 x 38 1/2 inches

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Gift of the Pinta Museum Acquisition Fund; gift in honor of
Hugo V. Neuhaus, Jr.; and gift of Dr. Luis and Cecilia Campos.
Additional funds provided by the 2007 Latin American Experience Gala and Auction

Arts of Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean

José Gurvich was a member of the Taller Torres-García founded in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1944. The workshop sought to stimulate younger artists on the continent of South America to create art that was not derivative of European movements but instead based on principles of a Constructive Universalism that would capture the essence of the Native American spirit. In Gurvich's black-and-white forms, hybrid modes of Geometric Abstraction result from structural principles of the grid combined with vernacular motifs.