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Art Diary

Alfredo Boulton: Looking at Venezuela (1928–1978)

25 August 2023

Although Alfredo Boulton is recognised in Venezuela as one of the country’s most important 20th-century intellectuals and champions of modern art, he has remained largely overlooked outside of his home country. This exhibition at the Getty Center in Los Angeles is aiming to remedy this, bringing international attention to Boulton’s considerable contributions to photography, criticism and art history (29 August–7 January 2024). The show is divided into three sections: the first explores his work as a photographer through early Surrealist-inspired imagery, portraits of local people and depictions of landscapes and regions that had previously gone undocumented. The second section looks at Boulton’s friendships with and patronage of key Venezuelan artists, architects and designers including Jesús Rafael Soto, Carlos Raúl Villanueva, Miguel Arroyo and Francisco Narváez, before examining Boulton’s work as a researcher through archival papers that reveal his dedication to researching and compiling a history of the nation’s art. Find out more on the Getty’s website.

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Yo (I) (1938), Alfredo Boulton. Getty Research Institute

Luis Sánchez Olivares ‘El Diamante Negro’ (1952), Alfredo Boulton. Getty Research Institute

Flora, la Belle Romaine (c. 1940s), Alfredo Boulton. Getty Research Institute

El Avila from Los Guayabitos (c. 1944), Alfredo Boulton. Getty Research Institute

Chores of the Sea, No. 111 (c. 1944), Alfredo Boulton. Getty Research Institute