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Brought to Light: Recent Accessions in Latin American Art August 13, 2005–January 2, 2006


Solar- Pan Tree

Xul Solar, Pan Tree, 1954, watercolor and ink on paper board, the MFAH, gift of Fundación Pan Klub, Museo Xul Solar, Buenos Aires. © Fundación Pan Klub, Museo Xul Solar

Latin American artists are now being recognized as pioneers in the development of Modernism, a visual language previously thought to have originated entirely in Europe and the United States. Brought to Light showcases their groundbreaking contributions.

The exhibition explores innovative printing techniques (Antonio Berni); the use of furniture-as-frame (Beatriz González); and the creation of a new visual language from vernacular and universal symbols (Julio Alpuy, Francisco Matto, Héctor Ragni, Joaquín Torres-García, Xul Solar). Other themes include exploiting the visual and chromatic properties of movement (Carlos Cruz-Diez, Alejandro Otero, Jesús Rafael Soto); abolishing the traditional frame (Lucio Fontana, Rhod Rothfuss); and the introduction of water and light as valid artistic media (Martha Botto, Horacio García-Rossi, Thomas Glassford, Gyula Kosice, Julio Le Parc).


This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.