Gallery to exhibit six contemporary Latino artists

Sergott Contemporary Art in Rancho Santa Fe is hosting “Neo-Kitsch: A New Old Latin America,” an exhibition presenting six Latin American artists who use kitsch objects and symbols to refer to the colonial, social, cultural and political history of Latin America past and present.

Kitsch is often considered to be gaudy or ironic, but in Latin America it represents a long cultural history of each country and acts to remind the viewer of a forgotten past. Examples of kitsch items may include indigenous handcrafts, or tropical fruit and animal sculptures. The artists presented in “Neo-Kitsch” explore their identity, art history and culture through their use of imagery.

“I am excited to introduce Latin American artists to the San Diego region and look forward to presenting works that extend beyond our southern border and present a wider Hispanic perspective,” says Thomas Sergott, the founder and director of the gallery.

Artists included Chiachio & Giannone (Argentina); Liliana Correa (Colombia); Mauricio Garrido (Chile); Becky Guttin (Mexico); Tatewaki Nio (Brazil); and Esteban Schimpf (Colombia).

These artists have been collected and exhibited by several museums, including the Museum of Latin American Art Long Beach, Museum of Arts and Design NY, MOMA Buenos Aires and Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, among others.

“Neo-Kitsch,” curated by associate director Andrew Ütt, will run from July 22 until Aug. 27 at Sergott Contemporary Art in Rancho Santa Fe. Charitable contributions will be made from sales at the opening presentation to be held July 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. To receive directions to the opening event, please RSVP to or (858) 756-2377. Artist lectures will be announced during the course of the exhibition.

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