As The Met has increased its commitment to Latin American art, Watson Library has increased our coverage of this rich art-historical region. In addition to hundreds of books published in the United States and in Europe, last year Watson Library added 914 titles published in Central and South America, and the Caribbean, covering art from the Precolombian era to today. These exhibition catalogues, monographs, and reference works join Watson's strong collection of documentation on the art of ancient and modern cultures and will support future scholarly research at the Museum. This fall, a sample of these publications will be on view in the vitrines in Watson Library, alongside highlights from the library's antiquarian Latin American materials.
Last year Watson Library added titles published in 17 Latin American countries. The majority of these titles came from Brazil. Two years ago Watson Library received a transformational gift of 3,000 books from the Casa Daros library in Brazil, giving Watson the finest collection on modern and contemporary Brazilian art in North America. Today the entire Casa Daros collection is processed and accessible to researchers.
Close behind Brazil for most titles acquired last year is Argentina, with 103. Watson also acquired 68 titles from Mexico and 45 from Colombia. Watson staff also work closely with booksellers from countries with smaller art-publishing industries to ensure we have coverage of the entire region. This year we were pleased to add titles from Paraguay, Guatemala, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and many others.
Gabriela Rangel recently donated 135 monographs, exhibition catalogues, and periodicals on contemporary art from her personal library on Latin American art and coordinated the donation of 38 publications from the Americas Society.
The library also recently received The Art of Painting in Colonial Bolivia (2017), a gift from Roberta and Richard Huber, longtime Friends of the Library. This book, published by Saint Joseph's University Press, is a truly impressive comprehensive study of an important period in Bolivian art history.
The library is also grateful for the many gifts of catalogues from contemporary galleries in Latin America, including the Patricia Ready Galería (Santiago, Chile), Galeria Estação (São Paulo, Brazil), Simões de Assis Gallery (Bogota, Colombia), Galería Vasari (Buenos Aires, Argentina), and Galería de Arte Ascaso (Caracas, Venezuela).
Watson Library strives for comprehensive coverage in our acquisitions, and the growing activity in art and art publications from Latin America has added depth and distinction to an already strong collection. We are pleased to showcase some of these important works in the vitrines this fall, and are grateful to the Friends of the Library, other donors, and the Contemporary Catalog Team for helping us to acquire Latin American materials.