The Essex Collection of Art from Latin America focuses on modern and contemporary art, with an emphasis on art produced since the 1960s. The majority of the Collection’s current holdings are works on paper (prints and drawings) and paintings, although the range of media is very broad and includes sculpture, installations, videos, and photographs. In aiming to represent the rich diversity of the visual arts in Latin America, ESCALA collects artworks from artists throughout the region and is interested in collaborative artistic practices across countries and cultures.
As a resource for students, researchers and the public, ESCALA offers artworks that relate to important movements or trends in the history of art from Latin America. These include Kinetic Art, Southern Cone Abstraction, Organic Abstraction, ‘Indigenism’, Post-war Printmaking, Latin American Pop and Conceptual Art. In relation to these trends, ESCALA has outstanding works by Carlos Cruz-Diez, José Pedro Costigliolo, María Freire, Rufino Tamayo, Antonio Henrique Amaral, Lotte Schulz, Fanny Sanín, Nadín Ospina, León Ferrari, Jorge Macchi, Luis Camnitzer and Milagros de la Torre.
Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions related to the Collection are answered in the Collections Policies.