‘Hinge’ Figures in Art

Mari Carmen Ramírez, curator of Latin American art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has focused on collecting its less traveled avenues. “We have bet on artists who were not that well known in the U.S. or who had absolutely no market presence but we knew how important they were for art history,” she said.

Fanny Sanín was born in 1938 in Bogotá, Colombia, educated in London, and has been based in New York since 1971… “She’s a very interesting hinge figure who has never really entered the mainstream,” said Ms. Ramírez, who found the large-scale painting “Acrylic No. 5” (1973) hanging on the bedroom wall of Ms. Sanín’s small Manhattan apartment…

Virtually unknown outside Venezuela, where she spent her life (1925-94), Elsa Gramcko was largely self-taught and a pioneer of incorporating industrial refuse as an art material.

(Hilarie M. Sheets, “Inspiration from South of the Border Moves Center Stage in Houston,” NYTimes, 11-13-20)

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I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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