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Colombia in Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America featuring documents from the ICAA digital archives of Oscar Muñoz and Miguel Angel Rojas.

Jan 21

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This week the ICAA highlights two more Colombian artists, Oscar Muñoz and Miguel Ángel Rojas, whose works convey social, political, and environmental concerns and are currently on view at the MFAH in Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America. We direct you to 10 reference materials for Oscar Muñoz that include a number writings by renowned art critics and curators, including Miguel González and Maria Iovino Moscarella. For an in-depth picture of the artist, check out the latter’s Volverse aire, a comprehensive source covering every one of Muñoz’s works up to 2003.  Among Oscar Muñoz’s own writings is a significant document concerning his installation Eclipse. Miguel Ángel Rojas is represented in this shared collection with 6 documents that include interviews with more distinguished art critics Miguel González, Eduardo Serrano, Natalia Guitiérrez, and Charles Merewether, among many others. Of particular significance are Guitiérrez’s writings on the artist’s Corte en el ojo, and González’s investigation on his use of Realism.

Contingent Beauty: Contemporary Art from Latin America brings together major works by 21 artists who have made significant contributions to the global art scene within the past thirty years. Developing cutting-edge techniques and daring proposals, the artists intertwine aesthetic refinement with biting critiques of timely issues grounded in Latin American social and political realities. The works, most of which are from the Museum’s permanent collection, employ conceptual, sensory-based, and interactive strategies that elicit the viewer’s active participation. Artists include Tania Bruguera (Cuba), Johanna Calle (Colombia), Yoan Capote (Cuba), María Fernanda Cardoso (Colombia), Los Carpinteros (Cuba), José Gabriel Fernández (Venezuela), Magdalena Fernández (Venezuela), Víctor Grippo (Argentina), Carmela Gross (Brazil), Guillermo Kuitca (Argentina), Grupo Mondongo (Argentina), Óscar Muñoz (Colombia), Roberto Obregón (Venezuela), Gabriel Orozco (Mexico), José Alejandro Restrepo (Colombia), Miguel Ángel Ríos (Argentina), Miguel Ángel Rojas (Colombia), Teresa Serrano (Mexico), Regina Silveira (Brazil), Javier Téllez (Venezuela), and Tunga (Brazil). The exhibition is organized by Mari Carmen Ramírez, Wortham Curator of Latin American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Rachel Mohl, Curatorial Assistant. It runs November 22, 2015 to February 28, 2016 at the Caroline Wiess Law Building Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries at MFAH.

We will continue to announce the availability of additional rare manuscripts, unpublished texts, and essential reference materials that give further insight into the conceptual framework of artists participating in MFAH exhibitions. All are available at the ICAA Documents Project website. Users may view all our shared document collections free of charge by accessing the digital archive website.

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