Friday, December 9, 2016

Latin American roots of Ella Fontanals-Cisneros’s collection

Show Us Your Walls
By Robin Pogrebin
Ella Fontanals-Cisneros at her home in Miami with Juan Mele’s “Pintura No.30,” (1948), top left; Lygia Clark’s ”Unidade I,” (1958), bottom left; Ubi Bava’s “Circulos Estaticos-Dinamicos” (1955), center; Waldemar Cordeiro’s “Untitled” (1949), top right; and Alfredo Volpi’s ”Velas Nocturnas” (c. 1950), bottom right. Credit Scott McIntyre for The New York Times
FLORIDA---Art fans often talk about collecting in terms of first love. The Cuban-born Ella Fontanals-Cisneros says she fell hard in the 1980s for a work in Jesús Rafael Soto’s “Vibration” series, featuring panels painted with black-and-white parallel lines juxtaposed with wood and wire. That experience led Ms. Fontanals-Cisneros to begin researching geometric abstraction from Latin America, which now figures prominently in her collection of some 3,300 works, and the mission of the 15-year-old Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation. A wall in her bedroom contains pieces by those she has championed over the years, including the Brazilian artist Lygia Clark, the Romanian-born Sandu Darie and Loló Soldevilla of Cuba. [More]