All of the artists represented in ''Modern and Contemporary Masterworks from Malba - Fundación Costantini'' are famous in Latin America, but some of them aren’t very well known here in the States. ''Modern and Contemporary'' intends to change that. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are household names, of course, but what about Alfredo Guttero? Or Cândido Portinari? Both will have work hanging alongside Kahlo and Rivera for the exhibition, a collection of 39 masterpieces on loan from the the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, more commonly known as Malba. Guttero used his own fired gesso technique (which results in a fresco-like appearance) to paint his 1931 Anunciación (Annunciation). Portinari worked in the Social Realist style to create his monumental paintings showing the daily lives of workers. He’s considered among the most important Brazilian artists of the 1930s.
Among the more familiar images are Kahlo’s 1942 Autorretrato con chango y loro (Self-portrait with Monkey and Parrot) and Rivera’s 1915 Retrato de Ramón Gómez de la Serna (Portrait of Ramón Gómez de la Serna), one of his early Cubist works. There’s also Tarsila do Amaral’s 1928 work Abaporu, a bright, bold, stylized painting that’s considered a national treasure in Brazil.
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Houston, TX 77005
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The exhibit covers several Latin American art movements, including Cannibalism, Constructive Universalism, Vibrationism, Modernism and Futurism. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 12:15 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Through August 5. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713‑639-7300 or visit www.mfah.org.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: April 22. Continues through Aug. 5, 2012