The Blanton Museum of Art in Austin is showcasing the work of Latin American artist Francisco Matto. It’s the first comprehensive exhibition of Matto’s work in the U.S., highlighting his place in the rise of modernist abstract art in Latin America.
Critic Jeanne Claire van Ryzin writes in the Austin-American Statesman:
Matto believed that visual abstraction could be a universal artistic language, one that could transcend cultures and centuries and be the expression of the deepest part of the human soul. He strove to create a spiritual and timeless art based on mythic symbols culled from the ancient art of the Americas.
More than seventy of Matto’s artworks, including landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, and sculptural totems, created over five decades, are on display at the exhibit. They are also featured in a Marquand-produced 120-page catalog distributed by D.A.P.
The exhibition runs through September 27 at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin. Click here for more info.