Marta Minujin

The Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) is delighted to present Born of Informalismo: Marta Minujín and the Nascent Body of Performance, curated by Michaëla de Lacaze Mohrmann. The third in a series of exhibitions on Latin American modernism and its legacies, this show examines the early work of trailblazing Argentine artist Marta Minujín (b. 1943), tracing her trajectory from informalist painting and sculpture to performance.



Shirley Jaffe

First encountered Shirley’s work at the Pompidou Center where a brilliant retrospective of her work (An American Woman in Paris) was installed.

Shirley studied art at Cooper Union Art School in New York, then in Washington. She discovered Kandinsky at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and admired Bonnard’s later work. In 1949, she settled for good in Paris. Her friendships with Kimber Smith, Joan Mitchell, Sam Francis, Jean-Paul Riopelle and many others helped her to discover American abstract expressionism, of which they were the “second generation” representatives in France.

Helen Bershad

Helen Bershad was born in Philadelphia in 1934 and graduated from Moore College of Art and Design in 1956, the same year she was awarded the John Frederick Lewis Fellowship. She began exhibiting at Marian Locks Gallery in 1978 and is known for her large, abstract paintings that explore color, form, line, patterning, and space.

Sonia Delaunay

Sonia Delaunay was a key figure in the Parisian avant-garde of the interwar years. Born to a Jewish Ukrainian family and raised in Saint Petersburg, at the age of eighteen Delaunay enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe, Germany. In 1905 she relocated to Paris, where Post-Impressionism and Cubism were dominant in the city’s galleries. In this highly experimental climate, Delaunay and her husband Robert pioneered Simultanism, a style of abstract painting that emphasises the transcendental effects of the interaction between colours. Although like Carla she is no longer with us she is represented at Bienniale.