Cosmopolitan Routes: Houston Collects Latin American Art. A Series of Interviews With The Collectors
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston celebrates the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the museum´s Latin American art department with this one of a kind exhibit. Literal interviewed its curator Gilbert Vicario and the dialog was published in Literal´s fall issue. We went beyond the curator and we will soon present our readers some conversations that we had with the collectors themselves. Today we talked with Gail Adler which piece by the Argentinean artist RES made it to our cover.
Rose Mary Salum: When did you start your collection?
Gail Adler:My husband has been collecting all his life. I joined him in his passion when we married.
RM: What triggered the desire to collect art?
GA:An appreciation for pleasing, interesting and creative work
RM:Do you focus on one specific country, current, etc?
RM:What is the favorite piece of your collection?
GA:An Agnes Martin white painting with very fine graphic lines
RM:Tell us a nice story about one of your pieces?
GA:Livia Marin’s “Fictions of a Use”. When we entered a gallery in Santiago there were thousands of lipsticks in multicolors and each lipstick was carved into a different shape. My husband asked the gallery owner if we could buy 32 lipsticks. The gallery owner asked why? My husband answered that our son collects chess sets, and he would love to select one that looked like a bishop, a pawn, etc. The gallery owner then called the artist who lives in London to see if that was o.k. She thought it was a brilliant idea. Then we selected all the pieces in 4 colors. When we returned home we bought a chess board, and created an extraordinarily beautiful chess set!
RM:What do you have in mind for your next acquisition?
GA:Nothing in mind. We buy what we like when we see it.
Top Image:Chica Azul , 2006 by RES Bottom Image: Livia Marin’s Fictions of a Use.
ROSE MARY SALUM (México). Es fundadora y directora de la revista bilingüe Literal, Latin American Voices y de Literal Publishing. Es autora de los libros de cuentos El agua que mece el silencio (Vaso Roto, 2015), Delta de las arenas, cuentos árabes, cuentos judíos (2013) Entre los espacios (2002) (Spaces in Between, 2006) y Vitrales (1994). En 2009 reunió la compilación Almalafa y Caligrafía, Literatura de origen árabe en América Latina para la revista Hostos Review. Ha sido incluída en diversas antologías en Estados Unidos, España, México y Australia. Entre sus distinciones y reconocimientos por su labor literaria y editorial están “Author of the Year 2008” por el Hispanic Book Festival, Ana María Matute (Torremozas), el Hispanic Excellence Award, 4 Lone Star Awards, 2 CELJ Awards, el Classical Award otorgado por la Universidad de St. Thomas, un reconocimiento por el Congreso de Estados Unidos y dos nominaciones: el Nora Magid Award otorgado por el Pen America (2013) y el Maggie Award(2005). Enseña escritura creativa en la universidad de Rice.