January 30 – July 18, 2004
The past year has seen a remarkable growth in the Blanton’s Latin American collection, aided by the generous donations of Fran Magee and Gallery 106, Cecilia Buzio de Torres, Robert Michael, and numerous others. Fishing in International Waters reaffirms the Blanton’s commitment to expanding the Latin American collection by acquiring key historical works, commissioning new ones, and supporting emerging Latin American artists. The exhibition presents 30 recent commissions, purchases, and gifts in a range of media, including paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and video. Artists include Jose A. Toirac (Cuba), Cesar Paternosto (Argentina), Julio Alpuy (Uruguay), Victor Grippo (Argentina), Yoshua Okon (Mexico), Jorge Macchi (Argentina), and Raul Quintinilla (Nicaragua), among others. The exhibition also features the photographic documentation of Brazilian artist Katie van Scherpenberg’s ephemeral, outdoor installations commissioned by the Blanton in November 2003 and Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuna’s reconstruction of Precarious, displayed at the Blanton in 1987 in the seminal exhibition Latin American Artists in New York since 1970.