Jesús Rafael Soto, the Raffi of Latin American Abstraction

Museums continue to puzzle over how to introduce children to art. LACMA currently has a kid-friendly hit: this 1990 Penetrable by Jesús Rafael Soto, a loan from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros collection. It consists of suspended plastic hoses for the visitor to walk though—a corn maze without the corn, and no need to call 911. Soto intended the interaction, though maybe not the emergent behavior documented above: children gathering armfuls of hoses for an extended hug.

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