The Challenges of Collecting Latin American Art (Review) The Challenges of Collecting Latin American Art (Review)
“By publicly designating Latin American Art as a separate category it has historically not been recognized as a integral part of a larger universal... The Challenges of Collecting Latin American Art (Review)

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“By publicly designating Latin American Art as a separate category it has historically not been recognized as a integral part of a larger universal or global culture. The separate space became the model for collections that followed.”

I think this is a key point made in the reading of “The Challenges of Collecting Latin American Art”. I believe the Rockerfeller family had the right intentions of funding and searching for the representation of art from Latin America and started out on a good path to allow their advisors to freely assemble the collection quickly and efficiently. This allowed them to create the first survey of Latin American Modern Art, but I also think that maybe speed was there issue. As mentioned in the test, surveying an area with principles honed in a different region can allow you to find work but you can miss out on the essence of what the artists intent was and what it meant to that country/community and darn near impossible with such a complex region with loads of history.

I also wondered why the Rockerfellers wouldn’t have hired someone in that region knowledgeable and familiar with the history that could give more of an authentic approach to their collecting and could avoid the major obstacles they faced when they started to plan the endeavor. Overall, the Rockerfellers did the community a great justice by advocating and creating a space for Latin America Art at the institutional level but in essence shoved it in its own closet compared to the familiarity and bias of the American and European traditional paintings.

Badir Mccleary

Art Journalist. Documentarian. Co-Owner of Gallery 38 in Los Angeles. Master of Art in Art Business at Sotheby's Institute of Art. Drucker School of Management. Art enthusiast looking to become your favorite curator, consultant and director.

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