Lots is happening in our local art museums and galleries this fall as the city-wide Getty initiative known as Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA explores Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Many institutions are hosting a wide range of exhibits, and I’ve made it to a couple so far.
The Getty Center has four separate shows on view, and the “Photography in Argentina, 1850-2010” is deep and fascinating. It is sub-divided into various genres and fills the lower level of the West Building. According to getty.edu,
“From its independence in 1810 until the economic crisis of 2001, Argentina was perceived as a modern country with a powerful economic system, a strong middle class, a large European-immigrant population, and an almost nonexistent indigenous culture. This perception differs greatly from the way that other Latin American countries have been viewed, and underlines the difference between Argentina’s colonial and postcolonial process and those of its neighbors. “
There is a strong social and political point of view to the majority of these works, and a whole room on their best-known celebrity, Eva Peron. I learned a lot about Argentina’s history and cultures from the detailed wall text.
Also at the Getty Center is a smaller exhibit called “Making Art Concrete“, featuring mainly 3-dimensional works. According to the website, this show…
“examines the formal strategies and material choices of avant-garde painters and sculptors associated with the Concrete art movement in Argentina and Brazil. These works of geometric abstraction, created between 1946 and 1962, are presented alongside information on the way artists pioneered new techniques and materials.”
I liked the simplicity of some of these objects, as they appeal to my graphic design sense and were a relief from the somewhat heavy mood inspired by the photography show!