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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.

© Mira Schendel Estate
Brazilian, 1919 - 1988
93 monotypes

Variable dimensions

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum purchase with funds provided by the
Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund

Arts of Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean

This work was discovered after Mira Schendel's death by her daughter. Comprised of 92 white-on-white monotypes and one black monotype, the installation is the culmination of Schendel's graphic objects series that launched her international career in 1964. The monotype technique she used consisted of spreading the paper over a smooth surface covered with paint and marking it on the back with some type of instrument. The sheets were then grouped, pressed between two sheets of acrylic, and suspended in order to be viewed from both sides. Although suggestive of writing, they are not intended to be read but rather experienced as texture and light.