The modern world is reflected in abstract shapes and color patterns in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s new exhibit ''Constructed Dialogues: Concrete, Geometric, and Kinetic Art from the Latin American Art Collection.'' Many Latin American artists of the 20th century embraced avant-garde styles as they worked to reflect their rapidly changing reality, and the practice resulted in a vast repository of abstract work from Uruguay, Venezuela and Brazil.
''Constructed Dialogues'' features more than 60 works, including pieces from the museum’s permanent collection and recent acquisitions from the Adolpho Leirner Collection of Brazilian Kinetic Art.The exhibit includes Hélio Oiticica’s 1958 painting Vermelho cortando o branco (Red Going through White), a geometric work that shows several irregular rectangles outlined in white against a deep red background. Also on display are works by seminal German/Venezuelan artist Gertrude Goldschmidt, more commonly known simply as Gego, such as her 1975 stainless-steel wire kinetic sculpture Reticulárea, as well as pieces by creative luminaries Joaquín Torres-García, Alejandro Otero, Jesús Rafael Soto and Lygia Clark. 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 January 6.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 16. Continues through Jan. 6, 2012