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Marta Chilindrón, Cubo azul 48 (Blue Cube 48), 2006.

Phoenix Art Museum Gifted 112 Artworks by Contemporary Latin American Artists

The Phoenix Art Museum announced that it has received a significant gift of contemporary Latin American artworks from arts patron Nicholas Pardon, cofounder of the SPACE Collection, which has the largest holdings of post-1990s abstract art from Latin America in the United States. The gift includes 112 artworks by forty-nine artists from fourteen countries, including Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico.

“This transformative gift represents a milestone in the history of the Latin American art collection of Phoenix Art Museum,” said Vanessa Davidson, the museum’s curator of Latin American art. “These extraordinary artworks will engender new understandings about what contemporary Latin American art is and can be, enabling our community to engage with innovative works created in the past two decades in many different media.”

Assembled by art historian Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, the SPACE Collection is housed in a private museum in Irvine, California, and includes drawings, paintings, collages, mixed-media works, site-specific sculptures, and video installations. Pardon’s donation grows the museum’s holdings of contemporary Latin American art by 280 percent. Previously, the institution had only forty contemporary Latin American artworks in its permanent collection. An exhibition featuring the newly acquired pieces will be staged in 2020.

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