From abLA :: The Arts in Latin America 1492-1820 Review by Patrick Frank


Amid the cheers for the blockbuster The Arts in Latin America 1492-1820, let me offer a few sober comments. To be sure, the show is unprecedented. It exposes large swathes of Latin American creativity that most North Americans know little about. But the show is only a start, because what we see at LACMA has a lot of gaps. Some of these are caused by attrition; many objects did not travel to all three venues. And in some cases, objects cannot be lent in the first place. In other cases the curators were too cautious. The result is that this show does not accomplish what could have been principal goals: to build respect for viceregal Latin American painting and sculpture, and shake European hegemony over the canon of art history…continue reading on