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Latin American Art

Christie's New York

7 P.M., May 26, 2011 (Lots 1-83)

10 AM, May 27, 2011 (Lots 85-341)

Sale 2446

Diega Rivera

Lot 41, "Escena nocturna (Carnaval)," by Diego Rivera, oil on canvas, 15 1/4 by 18 1/2 inches, 1909

By Carter B. Horsley


The Spring Latin American Art Auctions at Christie's New York are full of many dramatic works including major paintings by Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Wilfredo Lam, Rodolfo Nieto, Fernando Botero, Matta and Wolfgang Paalen.

Lot 41 is marvelous small oil painting of a Carnaval night scene by Diego Rivera (1886-1957) that compares marvelously well with early Parisian scenes by Pablo Picasso and indeed the two shared many a night together.  The painting is an oil on canvas that measures 15 1/4 by 18 1/2 inches and was painted in 1909.  It is part of the National Treasure of Mexico.  It has a modest estimate of $150,000 to $200,000.  It sold for $242,500 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.

Of the 335 offered lost, 251 sold, (75 percent), for total of $22,571,450.  Virgilio Garza, Christie's head of Latin America paintings, siad that the market "is strong" and that he was "pleasantly surprised by the significant prices achieved for Latin Amerian masters who have reaffirmed their status as pioneers of Modernism in the region, such as Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias [whose lot 4] Offering for the Fruits of the Temple is considered to be one of the artist's great masterpieces and has been in a private collection until now."  It was painted in 1932 and had an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000 and sold for $1,022,500 to a private Asian buyer, a world auction record for the artist.  It was the cover illustration of the catalogue.

Other world auction records were set Fernando de Szyszlo (Peruvian, b. 1925), Oswaldo Guayasamin (Ecuadorian, 1919-1999), Edgar Negret (Colombian, b. 1920), Julio Larraz (Cuban, b. 1944), Richardo Martinez (Mexican, 1918-2009), Julio Alpuy (Uruguayan, 1919-2009), Ernesto Deira (Argentinian, 1928-1986), Jorge Jimenez Deredia (Costa Rican, b. 1954), Alipio Jaramillo (Colombian, 1913-1999), Miguel Rio Branco (Spanish. Brazilian, b. 1946), Isabel  de Obaldia (Panamanian, b. 1957) and Nicolas Garcia Uriburu (Argentinian, b. 1937).

Perhaps the standout artist of the auction is Rodolfo Nieto (1936-1988).

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Lot 166 is an untitled oil on canvas that measures 31 3/4 by 39 1/4 inches and was painted in 1965  


Lot 166 is an untitled oil on canvas that measures 31 3/4 by 39 1/4 inches and was painted in 1965.  It has a modest estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.  It sold for $30,000.

Greem

Lot 168, Untitled, by Rodolfo Nieto, oil on canvas, 39 1/4 by 32 inches,1963

Lot 168 is another Nieto abstraction,  albeit in a completely different and cooler palette.  An untilted oil on canas, it measures 38 1/4 by 32 inches.  It was painted in 1963.  It has a modest estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.  It sold for $20,000.

Tamayo

Lot 169, "Untitled,"by Rodolfo Nieto, oil on canvas, 63 by 51 1/4 inches

Lot 169 is a more traditionally Latin American abstraction by Nieto that measures 63 by 51 1/4 inches.  An untitled oil on canvas, it has an estimate of $18,000 to $22,000.  It sold for $47,500.

Tamayo

Lot 44, "Serenata a la luna," by Rufino Tamayo, oil on canvas, 42 1/4 by 30 inches, 1949

Lot 44 is a good oil on canvas by Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) entitled "Serenata a la luna."  It measures 42 1/4 by 30 inches and was painted in 1949.  It has an estimate of $900,000 to $1,200,000.  It has been widely exhibited and published.  It failed to sell.

Tamayo

Lot 57, "Figura Sideral, by Rufino Tamayo, steel with painted concrete finish, 90 1/2 inches high, 1990; Lot 55, "Manos arriba," by Rufino Tamayo, oil and sand on canvas, 37 3/8 by 53 1/8 inches, 1989, center; Lot 64, "Hombre con esfera," by Rufino Tamayo, oil on canvas, 35 1/2 by 434 3/8 inches, 1971

Lot 57, "Figura Sideral is a very fine sculpture by Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) of steel with painted concrete finish.  It is  90 1/2 inches high and was created in 1990 as 2 of an edition of 3.  I has an estimate of $180,000 to $200,000.  It sold for $494,500, a world auction record for a sculpture by the artist.

Lot 55, "Manos arriba," is an oil and sand on canvas by Tamayo that measures 37 3/8 by 53 1/8 inches.  Painted in 1989, it has an estimate of $300,000 to $400,000.  It sold for $470,500.

Lot 64, "Hombre con esfera," is an oil on canvas by Tamayo that measures 35 1/2 by 43 3/8 inches.  It was painted in 1971 and has an estinate of $350,000 to $450,000.  It sold for $362,500.

Syzszlo

Lot 22, "Paclla Pampa (Campo Desolado)," by Fernando de Szyszlo, oil on burlap, 76 5/8 by 113 1/8 inches, 1969

One of the most dramatic and bold works in the auction is Lot 22, Paclla Pampa (Campo Desolado)" by Fernando de Szyszlo (b. 1925).  An oil on burlap, it measures 76 5.8 by 113 1/8 inches and was executed in 1969.  It has an estimate of $70,000 to $100,000.  It sold for $182,500.

Blue

 

 Lot 295, "Untitled," by Antonio Bandeira, watercolor and gouache on paper, 9 7/8 by 9 1/8 inches, 1958

One of the loveliest abstractions in the auction is Lot 295, an untitled work by Antonio Bandeira (1922-1967).  A watercolor and gouache on paper, it measures 9 7/8 by 9 1/8 inches and was created in 1958.  It has an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.  It sold for $15,000. 


Matta

Lot 50,  "Untitled," by Matta, oil on canvas, 80 1/4 by 82 1/2 inches, 1965-6

Lot 50 is the best of the several Mattas in this auction.  An untitled oil on canvas, it measures 80 1/4 by 82 1/2 inches and was painted 1965-6. 

 The catalogue entry by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, associate curator of El Museo de Barrio in New York, notes that in the mid 1940's Matta traveled to Mexico with Robert Motherwell, spending most of his time in Taxco where "It was by chance that my work began to take the form of volanaos.  I saw everying in flames, but from a metaphysical point of view.  I was speaking fom beyond the volcano.  I painted that which burned in me and the best image for my body was the volcano."

"From the inspirational form of the volcano,the arist continued to work with the idea of embers, flaming liquids and flying sparks," the curator observed.

The lot has a modest estimate of $250,000 to $350,000.  It sold for $290,500.

Matta green

Lot 49, "Le regard du germe," by Matta, oil on canvas, 56 3/4 by 80 1/4 inches, 1956

Lot 49 is a large oil on canvas by Matta entitled "Le regard du germe."  It measures 56 3/4 by 80 1/4 inches and was painted in 1956.  It has an estimate of $300,000 to $400,000.  It sold for $710,000.

Matta

Lot 33, "Thistles," by Matta, oil on canvas, 36 by 28 inches, 1945

Lot 33 is an interesting and strong Matta oil on canvas that is entitled "Thistles."  It measures 36 by 28 inches and was created in 1945.  It has an estimate of $150,000 to $200,000.  It failed to sell.

Matta

Lot 191, "Untitled," by Matta, oil  on canvas, 24 7/8 by 28 5/8 inches, 1960


Lot 191 is an untitled abstraction by Matta that is an oil on canvas that measures 24 7/8 by 28 5/8 inches.  It was painted in 1960.  It has an estimate of $45,000 to $65,000.  It sold for  $64,900.

Matta yellow

Lot 36, "Tricheurs," by Matta, oil on canvas, 33 1/2 by 30 inches, 1945

Lot 36 is a strong oil on canvas by Matta entitled "Tricheurs."  It measures 33 1/3 by 30 inches and was painted in 1945.  It has an estimatee of $150,000 to $250,000.  It sold for $158,500.

Matta

"Lot 34, "Untitled," by Matta, oil on canvas, 36 by 52 inches, 1948

Lot 34 is a strong, untitled, abstract oil on canvas by Matta that measures 36 by 52 inches.  Painted in 1948, it has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It sold for $206,500.

 Matta

Lot 32,  "Untitled (double-sided drawing)," by Matta, graphite, crayon and colored pencil on paper, 23 5/8 by 19 1/2 inches, 1938

Lot 32 is an excellent double-sided drawing by Matta (1911-2002).  A graphite, crayon and colored pencil on paper, it measures 12 5/8 by 19 1/2 inches and was created in 1938.  It has an estimate of $120,000 to

$150,000.  It sold for $122,500.

Wolfgang Paalen

Lot 220, "L'Úventail des saisons," by Wolfgang Paalen, oil on canvas, 21 1/2 by 18 inches, painted in Paris in 1952

Wolfgang Paalen (1905-1959) was another important Surrealist.  Lot 220, "L'Úventail des saisons," is a very painterly oil on canvas by him that measures 21 1/2 by18 inches.  It was painted in Paris in 1952.  It has a modest estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $40,000.

Matta

Lot 204, Untitled, by Manuel Pailos, ink and watercolor on paper, 19 1/2 by 13 5/8 inches, top; Lot 205, "Constructivo 1," by Franciso Matto, oil and cardboard laid on canvas, 17 1/4 by 14 1/8 inches, circa 1959

Lot 204 is a fine geometric abstraction by Manuel Pailos (1918-2005).  An ink and watercolor on paper, it measures 19 1/2 by 13 5/8 inches.  It has an estimate $7,000 to $9,000.   It failed to sell.

Lot 205, "Constructivo 1," by Franciso Matto, oil and cardboard laid on canvas 17 1/4 by 14 1/8 inches, circa 1959.  It has an estimate of $12,000 to $18,000. It failed to sell.

A larger work by Matto, Lot 207, entitled "Grafismo 'Amor,'" painted in 1953,  had a bigger estimate of $40,000 to $60,000. It was an oil on board that measures 25 by 30 1/2 inches. It sold for $37,500.

Torres-Garcia

Lot 39, "Estructura con fondo gris," by Joaquin Torres-Garcia, oil on board 23 3/4 by 33 1/4 inches, 1943

Matto's work is very similar to that of Joaquin Torres-Garcia (1874-1949), a fine example of which is Lot 39, "Estructura con fondo gris," an oil on board that measures 23 3/4 by 33 1/4 inches and was painted  in 1943.  It has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.  It failed to sell.

Torres-Garcia

Lot 38, "Constructivo en cinco tonos," by Joaquin Torres-Garcia, oil on board laid down on masonite, 161/2 by 17 3/4 inches, 1943

A small but must more vibrant work by Torres-Garcia is Lot 38, "Constructivo en cinco tonos," an oil on board laid down on masonite tha tmeasures 16 1/2 by 17 3/4 inches.  Painted in 1943, it has an estimate of $300,000 to $400,000.  It sold for $362,500.

Sculpture

Lot 26, "Paisaje constructivista de Montevideo by Julio Alpuy, oil on canvas, 79 by 47 1/8 inches,1957

Lot 26 is a very good urban scene entitled "Paisaje constructivista de Montevideo" by Julio Alpuy (1919-2009).  An oil on canvas, it measures 79 by 47 1/8 inches and was painted in 1957.  It has an estimate of  $60,000 to $80,000.   




Siqueirossob

Lot 6, "Mujer Ilorando," by David Alfaro Siqueiros, pyroxilyn on masonite 32 by 23 7/8 inches, 1944

  Lot 6, "Mujer Ilordando," by David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974), pyroxilyn on masonite, 32 by 23 7/8 inches, 1944.  This lot has a modest estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.  It sold for $314,500.


Lam lady

Lot 27, "Femme Peignant ses Cheveux." by Wilfredo Lam, 48 1/4 by 33 3/4 inches, oil on panel, 1939

Lot 27 is a large portrait by Wilfredo Lam (1902-1982) probably of Helena Holzer, an oil on panel that measures 48 1/4 by 33 3/4 inches.   It is dated 1939 and has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.  It sold for $662,400.  

Red

Lot 270, Victor Chab, "Untitled) Abraction Pink,") oil on canvas, 29 3/4 by 23 5/8 inches, 1969, left;  Lot 270, "Untitled (Abraction Green," 23 3/4 by 10 3/4 inches,.1969, right

Lot 270  is a pair of abstractions, one in pink and one in green, by Victor Chab (b. 1930)  Both measure 29 3/4 by 23 5/8 inches and the estimate for the pair is $8,000 to $12,000.  It sold for $2,250.


White sculpture

Lot 45, "Untitled," white marble sculpture by Pablo Atcugarry, 56  1/2 by 41 by 27 inches, 2007

Lot 45 is a stunning and very beautiful, untiltled, white marble sculputre by Pablo Atchugarry (b. 1954).  It measures 56 1/2 by 41 bu 27 inches and was exected in 2007.  It has a modest estimate of $120,000 to $180,000.  It sold for $158,500.

Gray

"Lot 274, "Cage V," by Marcelo Bonevardi, painted wood assemblange, acrylic and ink on paper on a wood construjtion with textrued substarte on masonite with wood frame, 12 1/4 by 9 1/4 by 9 3/4 inches, 1975.

Lot 274, "Cage V" by Marcelo Bonevardi, painted wood assemblagee, acrylic and ink on paper and wood construction with texture substate on masonsite with wooden frame, 12 1/4 by 9 1/4 inches, 1978.  It has an estimate of  $8,000 to $12,000.  It sold for $8,750.

Sculpture

Lot 278, "Trofeo," by Marcelo Bonevardi, painted wood assemblage, acrylic on stretched burlapand construction with textured substate, 48 by 27 1/2 by 2 1/5 inches, 1982

Another very fine Montevardi sculpture is Lot 289, "Trofeo, a painted wood assemblage of acrylic on stretched burlap and construction with textured substate, 48 27 1/2 by 2 1/5 iches, 1982.  It has an estimate o f $20,000 to $25,000.  It sold for $20,000.

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