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Spanish-American Masters awarded at the theater Real in Madrid

Inés Mónica Sarmiento-Archer, Sandy Sumano, Myriam de Arteni

New collection of Latin American art in the MoMA, through the book commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Supreme Court of Spain.

In November 2017, the MoMA Museum’s library acquired the exclusive limited edition book Bicentenario De La Constitución del Tribunal Supremo del Reino de España. This book memorializes the 23 graphic works of Ibero-American art and associated events, which were commissioned by the Spanish government to celebrate 200 Years of the High Supreme Court of Spain. The book was published in 2012 by Thomson Reuters Aranzadi.

This book’s addition into the MoMA library collection followed the extensive efforts of Mrs. Inés Mónica Sarmiento-Archer, Director of bi/Coa: Base Internacional / Community of the Americans, an expert in Latin American art, Mrs. Myriam de Arteni, Senior Conservator for Exhibitions at the New York Public Library, and of Mr. Vicente Alcaraz García, curator of the Spanish government’s pertinent 23 graphic Ibero-American artwork collection.

The generosity of philanthropist Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, who focuses on Latin American modernist art, is gratefully acknowledged. In addition, the assistance of Sandy Sumano, the endowed Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Bibliographer for Latin America at MoMA, and of Don Archer, Director of the MOCA Museum of Computer Art and donor of the book, are gratefully acknowledged. “The commemorative book of the 200th anniversary of the Supreme Court is not a memory, it is a jewel,” said the president of the Supreme Court of Spain.

More generally, the relatively recent increase in the recognition and representation of Latin American art at the MoMA can be attributed to the productive collaboration, begun in 1994, between MoMA Director Glenn Lowry and philanthropist Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

The book has a size of 40 x 35 x 8 cm, 700 pages, hardcover with box, and includes a extraordinary reproduction of each of the commissioned 23 graphic works, with the reproductions each signed by the original artist from each country of Latin America, Spain and Portugal, together with a photograph in Madrid, signed by all the participating artists.

We believe that this book will be a useful historical and artistic reference for an event which symbolized and reflected the ongoing integration of Ibero-American culture and art. The 23 work collection and the book which memorializes this collection, includes the work of the following Ibero-American artists: José María Yturralde (Spain); José Luís Cuevas (México); Rodolfo Abularach (Guatemala); Carlos Cañas (El Salvador); Oswaldo Vigas (Venezuela); Fernando de Szyszlo (Perú); Carlos Colombino (Paraguay); Alberto Carneiro (Portugal); Omar d’León (Nicaragua); Mónica Sarmiento-Castillo (Ecuador); Antonio Samudio (Colombia); Rosa Tavárez (Dominican Republic) Armando Lara (Honduras), Miguel Herrera Zorrilla (Uruguay), Luis Zilveti (Bolivia), Luis Hernández Cruz (Puerto Rico), Enrique Ubieta (Cuba), Olga Sinclair (Panama), Rafaerl Felo García (Costa) Rica), Don Archer (USA), Leopoldo Maler (Argentina), Julio Villani (Brazil), Iván Contreras Brunet (Chile)

The book also includes studies by important art critics: Gerard Xuriguera, Roman de la Calle, Marianne de Tolentino and Bélgica Rodríguez. The edition was directed by Vicente Alcaraz-García.