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Latin American art on show in London will head to LA

Getty conservators to analyse works from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection for their next Pacific Standard Time project

Juan Melé's Irregular Frame No. 2, 1946. Photo: Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros © Estate of Juan Melé

A team from the Getty Conservation Institute is in London this week getting a sneak peak at works from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros collection. Their research is for a special project that is part of the next Pacific Standard Time project, scheduled for 2017.

Works from the prominent collection of Modern Latin American art are in the show “Radical Geometry: Modern Art of South America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection” which opens this weekend at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (5 July-28 September). The exhibition offered the Getty’s conservators “a rare opportunity” to see the works off the walls, says Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, the director of the Cisneros Foundation in New York.

As part Pacific Standard Time LA/LA, planned with 40 institutions across California, the Cisneros Foundation will be sending works to the Getty for a “systematic scientific analysis” of the materials used by avant-garde artists from Latin America. The research will inform an exhibition at the Getty Centre titled “Materiality and Postwar Latin American Art”. “By considering the works’ social, political, and cultural underpinnings in tandem with the results of technical studies, the project aims to make significant contributions to both the conservation field and post-war Latin American art history,” the Getty said in an announcement last May.

The exhibition at the RA offers a serious art historical introduction to South American Modernism by tracing the genesis of radical geometric art in the 1930s through its maturation in the 1970s. The show includes around 90 works from the South American avant-garde including works by Joaquín Torres-García in Uruguay, Gyula Kosice in Argentina, Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark in Brazil, and Jesús Soto, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Gego in Venezuela.

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