The Art World Remembers Carlos Cruz-Diez

July 31, 2019

It is with great sadness that the Gallery shares the passing of renowned artist Carlos Cruz-Diez on July 27. Born in Caracas in 1923, the artist moved to Paris in 1960 where his bold experiments in the field of color perception were a unique and invaluable contribution to the field of mid-twentieth century kinetic art. Deeply committed to accessibility, his seminal practice prioritized the viewer's own movements and perspectives, a shift that replaced the work of art's ideal vantage point with an innumerable multiplicity. There is, therefore, no singular position from which to view the artist's pathfinding artworks and large-scale architectural interventions—the colors, the geometric compositions, all change depending on the spectator’s angle of vision. By creating an expansive body of work that challenges our normal relationship to color, and instead focuses on the physiological and phenomenological act of color perception, Cruz-Diez opened the door to, in his own words, “another ‘relationship of knowledge.’” Follow the link below for a full obituary via ARTnews. Photo © 2019 Cruz-Diez Art Foundation.

Leon Tovar Gallery Becomes ADAA Member

June 20, 2019

Leon Tovar Gallery is among the eight new members accepted into the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) for the 2019 term. We are honored to be among the distinguished class of member galleries, and look forward to providing continued support to Latin America’s pathfinding Modernists. For the occasion, Mr. Tovar issued a statement: “To receive recognition from the ADAA is one of the highest honors of my career as a gallerist. For nearly three decades, the gallery has been steadfast in its belief that art from Latin America is worthy of wider recognition, and that its artists should be included in the same discourses as their North American and European peers. We are honored not only to have earned admission into this prestigious organization, but also to witness further recognition of the increasing stature of Latin American art.” Find the press release below. Photo: Peter Baker.

Where is Latin American Art? Center Stage

June 20, 2019

On the occasion of TEFAF New York 2019, Mr. Tovar participated in a panel discussion on the terminology used to speak about art produced by Latin American artists. With Pablo León de la Barra (Curator at Large, Latin America, Guggenheim Museum), Margaret Carrigan (Deputy Art Market Editor, The Art Newspaper), and Natasha Degen (Professor and Chair, Art Market Studies, FIT), the group explored the complexities of the term "Latin American Art" in both its limitations and potential uses, as well as its application to contemporary artists of a younger generation. Click the link below to view the panel in its entirety. 

"Find Real Connections"

May 31, 2019

Ángela León Cervera of Luster Magazine speaks with Mr. Tovar about the history of the Gallery, the collectibility of art from Latin America, and how he got his start. Image: Mr. Tovar in the studio of Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar. 

Is it time to drop the ‘Latin American’ artist label?

May 04, 2019

As more artists from Latin America are beginning to achieve recognition on the international stage—in many instances long overdue—the term "Latin American Art" becomes increasingly difficult to justify. Just in time for the opening of TEFAF NY Spring 2019, Mr. Tovar spoke to The Artnewspaper's Margaret Carrigan on the potential problems and errors inherent to the term. Photo: Peter Baker.

Mr. Tovar on TEFAF Maastricht

March 16, 2019

Those who come to TEFAF Maastricht, Mr. Tovar tells Infobae, "are true and high level collectors: there are no beginners." Follow the link for more of Mr. Tovar's comments on the fair and our 2019 display. Photo: Guy Houben.

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