‘In a perfect world, there would be no need for Latin American art departments, for this art would be perfectly integrated,” Estrellita Brodsky told Arte Al Día. But, because this isn’t the case in most museums, she and her husband, Daniel, have decided to do something. By endowing curatorial positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and at Tate Modern in London, the couple is working to change the profile of Latin American art in the United States and Europe. No doubt Estrellita’s passion for art from Latin America comes partly from the fact that, in addition to collecting it, she has studied it—she has a Ph.D. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. (Daniel, for his part, is the principal of the New York–based real estate company the Brodsky Organization.) Both are involved in the New York museum world: Daniel is chairman of the Met’s board, while Estrellita is on MoMA’s Latin American and Caribbean Acquisitions Committee and was previously on the board of El Museo del Barrio. The couple has also founded Another Space, a program that promotes exhibitions, publications, and research related to Latin American art.

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Estrellita and Daniel Brodsky

New York

Source of wealth:
Real estate

Collecting area:
Modern and contemporary Latin American and international art; drawings and paintings by architects, especially Le Corbusier and Calder

Top 200 appearance:

Fun fact:

Among the works in the Brodskys’ New York home is a Pol Bury sculpture that slowly rotates when activated by a motor.