North Looks South at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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If you have not had the chance to see North Looks South: Building the Latin American Art Collection at the MFAH, you only have a few weeks before it closes on September 27, 2009.

The exhibition “celebrates the museum´s major Latin American art acquisitions since 2001, with more than 80 works in every medium, ranging in date from the 1920s to the present. North Looks South is organized around unexpected juxtapositions between artists”.

One of the artists is the Venzuelan artist, Gego, whose Calder-esque air sculptures have a way of dancing in space with extreme precision.  The artist is the choreographer of this delicate modern world.  The sculptures juxtapose Miguel Angel Rios’ 2008 video installation, White Suit, who shows us a man dancing in white suit with raw meat in front of savage dogs.  Insert comparisons to the Mexican film Amores Perros here.

Finally, Alfredo Jarr’s The Eyes of Gutete Emerita is as haunting as all of the press it has received.

All artist in the show demonstrate passion either for their message, style or viewpoint.  Perhaps this passion is what defines latin american art.

Though all of the pieces are part of the museum’s permanent collection and have been previously displayed in Houston, the exhibition, curated by Mari Carmen Ramírez and Gilbert Vicario, manages to be fresh in its presentation of  modern latin american thought.  At least in my opinion!

If you have seen the show or works before, check it out again.