I’m interested in work that combines a strong visual impact with interesting, important ideas. We’re looking for brains AND beauty.
Rather than selecting individual works, I chose the representative bodies of work from each artist. While collectors must choose among pieces, I believe any individual work is only fully meaningful in the context of the artist’s larger output.
The Magarinos, Marzianis and Costigliolos are a single selection. They are beautiful, even elegant examples of a type of abstraction coming from Latin America during the ’50s and early ’60s that deserve wider attention.
Artists to watch in 2014:
The artists represented in El Museo del Barrio’s biennial are always interesting and worth watching.
My number one tip for collectors:
Look at everything... a lot. It hones your eye and mind and helps you understand how a given artist relates to history, as well as to her own time and place. And look at an artist’s whole body of work, not just a single product. You want to know how a particular piece fits into the artist’s larger concerns over time.