United: All the Continent, Galeria Las Americas
by Suzanne Muchnic
New York & Tokyo
In a mélange of 150 artworks from the Americas – South, Central, and North – gallery owner Linda Vallejo promoted her own work along with that of 49 other Latinos, crammed art into every inch of space, and sold work off the walls, replacing it with others available for purchase. But no one faults Vallejo’s professionalism because she promotes respect for Latin American art and provides a lively forum for artists who have few other outlets in Los Ángeles.
By showing what she calls a “full spectrum” of Latin American art. Vallejo hopes to shock visitors into understanding that a rich resource of material is being overlooked. For every big name on view, dozens of unheralded artists displayed a wide range of talent.