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Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro: a Passion for Latin American Art

Published on , by Mikael Zikos

On the occasion of the 33rd São Paulo Biennial, its general commissioner gives us a run-down of art and its dissemination in Brazil and the continent.

Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro: a Passion for Latin American Art
Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro
© Pedro Ivo Trasferetti/Fundação Bienal de São Paulo
What do you remember particularly about one of your first experiences as a curator, overseeing Latin American art at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin? The Blanton, which is part of the University of Texas, was one of the first museums in the world, outside Latin America itself, to take this kind of art seriously. My time there enabled me to tackle Latin-American art conservation and my need to research that area, as well as post-1970s Mexican graphic art and painting. Subsequently, I organised numerous exhibitions on major figures, particularly from Brazil, like Lygia Pape and Willys de Castro. How is this art viewed by North American and European institutions?…
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