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America—What’s in a Name?

Coming to Grips with the American in Latin American Art

BY Allan Schwartzman
co-founder of AAP & chairman of Sotheby's Global Fine Arts


Installation view of Cildo Meireles, Através (Through) (1983-89) from "Cildo Meireles: Installations" Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (2014) © Cildo Meireles. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., New York

A mammoth art event is opening at virtually all the museums in Southern California this weekend, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles (until January 2018). I didn’t know much about art from Latin America (nor have much curiosity for it) until around 14 years ago when I was asked by the Brazilian collector Bernardo Paz to help him form the thought process and programming for a museum.

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