Monday, March 22, 2010

No One Expects the Spanish Inquisition

ARTnews has a piece on colonial Latin American art in American museums, quoting LACMA's acquisitive Ilona Katzew and mentioning collector-lender Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and the Getty Aztec show opening Wednesday. Best line is from Philadelphia Museum of Art curator Joseph Rishel, on the reaction of some colleagues to his 2006 show, "Tesoros/Treasures/Tesouros: The Arts in Latin America, 1492–1820": "The bleeding-martyr business was a problem. I loved doing the Monty Python thing – to leap out and say, 'It's the Spanish Inquisition!'"

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