October 2012 was a significant month for LA Artcore, as we had the privilege of hosting many important works and emerging talents in Latin American art from the Sayago & Pardon collection. As part of the installation a major remodel of the Brewery Annex gallery was conducted, a generous contribution. The exhibit was called LA to LA, bringing Latin America to Los Angeles.
The ethos of Sayago & Pardon is to display the diversity and scope of Latin American art, providing the public with educational opportunity. Hosting the exhibit in the significantly Latino neighborhood of Lincoln Heights created a perfect match between refined cultural works and a population that might not ordinarily come into contact with that aspect of their heritage. Enhanced by the Brewery Artwalk, over 2,300 people were able to enjoy the collection, and received interpretive tours, free literature and postcards.
The exhibit was curated by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, Idurre Alonso, and Selene Preciado, curators at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California. It was divided into four categories: Modern Masters, Contemporary Masters, Abstraction and Pop. The combination of Modern legends and contemporary artists were selections from an overall collection of over 500 works that represent nearly all of the 20 Latin American countries.
The Modern Masters section included two paintings by Eduardo Kingman, a painting by David Alfaro Siqueiros, a rare non-figurative painting by indigenous artist Oswaldo Guayasamin, drawings by Wilfredo Lam and Roberto Matta, three distinct works by Roberto Montenegro, and an enormous blockprint by Julio César Peña Peralta.
The Contemporary Masters section featured a large, impressive painting by Mexican artist Sergio Garval, a folk-art inspired piece by Carlos Luna, and work by legendary Cuban artist Esterio Segura. Segura is one of the few artists of that country who was able to gain recognition and honorary citizenship, in his case the U.K., to leave the island nation. There is an interesting thread among the several Cuban artists present in the exhibit, such as Matl, and Víctor Huerta Batista in the Pop section, with images of boats, planes, wires and contraptions that seem to revolve around the subject of a vehicle of escape.
The Abstraction section formed the larger portion of works, beginning with early pieces by prolific Argentine painter Esteban Lisa, who is just gaining recognition as a pioneer in Spanish abstraction. Other highlights included Baruj Salinas, the architectonic paintings of Anibal Catalan (whose work excelled in their display of the participatory involvement abstract art can invoke in a viewer), and a popular aggregation of intricately incised shapes in a large grid of yellow paper slides by Marco Maggi. Graphite and eraser drawings by Mauro Giaconi and a photorealistic painting of distressed mylar by Nicolás Radic also drew many comments.
The Pop room saw regular congregations, with imaginative, illustrative work, and clusters by favorite artists in the collection. Eduardo Sarmiento’s work blazed with color, Fermín Eguía and Krysthopher Woods portrayed character-based charm. Hugo Lugo’s reflections of calligraphy class in his Argentine middle school drew a crowd, executed on an exaggerated scale sheet of spiral bound ruled paper he made by hand, conceptualizing a penciled self portrait. The Pop section had a more Lowbrow aesthetic as opposed to Hard Edge, which makes Sayago & Pardon’s presence in Los Angeles very fitting as they step in time with contemporary art movement, while at the same time highlights the concurrent development of a truly global contemporary art world in which Latin America is entirely present. The collectors are looking forward to adding Los Angeles artists to their collection.
Artcore is grateful for the opportunity to further our objective of educating the public with this powerful collection of work that served to inspire and encourage residents of Los Angeles to participate in the global discourse of contemporary art. The collectors, Sammy Sayago and Nicholas Pardon, were honored at our Annual Awards Banquet for their contribution, and to recognize the dignity with which they are employing their collection.