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Sotheby's New York

7 P.M., May 23, 2012, Lots 1-83)
10 A.M., May 24, 2012, Lots 85-302)

Sale 8862

Reveron veil



Lot 11, "Desnudo Detras de la Mantilla," by Armando Rever
ˇn, tempera, chalk and charcoal on burlap, 67 1/8 by 42 1/4 inches, circa 1946

By Carter B. Horsley

This Latin American Art auctions at Sotheby's New York May 23 and 24, 2012 are highlighted by great paintings by Reverˇn, Herrera, Rivera and Lam, many superb paintings and sculptures by Fernando Botero, several superb modern sculptures, and good paintings by Tamayo and Carrington.

The auction has two great paintings of women by Armando Rever
ˇn (1889-1954), Lots 11 and 13.

The former, "Desnudo Detras de la Mantilla," is a tempera, chalk and charcoal on burlap that measures 67 1/8 by 42 1/4 inches and was painted circa 1946.  It is the cover illustration of the auction catalogue, which describes it as"one of the most important paintings by the Venezuelan master to have ever been offered at auction."  It has an estimate of $700,000 to $900,000.  It sold for $872,500, including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.  It was an auction record for the artist.

Of 229 offered lots, 158, or 69 percent, sold for $26,859,250, including $21,754,375 for the evening sale, the highest ever at Sotheby's.


Reveron chair

Lot 13, "Retrato de Una Joven," by Armando Reverˇn, watercolor, gouache, and crayon on paper laid down on board and affixed to masonite, 35 1/8 by 23 1/4, 1937

Lot 13 is a very impressionistic work showing a seated girl with a hat.  Unlike most of the artist's work that have a limited palette centered mostly on whites and grays, this painting is quite colorful and lovely.  It was once in the collection of Governor and Mrs. Henry J. Allen of Kansas who acquired it from the artist.  It is a watercolor gouache and crayon on paper laid down on board and affixed to masonite.  It measures 35 1/8 by 23 1/4 inches and is dated 1937.  It has a modest estimate of !50,000 to $200,000.  It sold for $182,500.

In a February 9, 2007 review in The New York Times of an exhibition on the artist at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Holland Cotter wrote that "unless you have spotted his single smoke-puff of a painting in the Museum of Modern Art, Armando Reverˇn probably means nothing to you." "Why should he? Reverˇn, who died in 1954, spent most of his life in a shack by the sea in his native Venezuela. Many of his contemporaries dismissed him as nuts. His white-on-white pictures are practically unphotographable," he continued.

The artist studied for a while in Europe before settling in Macuto, a fishing village on the Carribean coast where he and his wife shared the space with pets and often dressed as Indians and he painted with brushes made of cloth, sticks and bones.  "The landscapes he painted there between 1926 and 1934 were remakrable.  Done mostly in white oils, they depict the immediate beachside surroundings, but as if in a blinding glare, or a light-shot mist.  They're like Whistler noctures at tropical high noon," Mr. Cotter observed, described another painting as like "a Malevich filtered through Agnes Martin."

The sale was 82 percent sold by lot and the total of $21,754,375 was the highest ever for a Latin American Art auction at Sotheby's New York.  Axel Stein, the department head at Sotheby's, said after the sale that "the demand for Abstract, Geometric, and Constructivist art from Latin America was particularly strong throughout the sale, with works by Camargto, Soto, Gego and Cruz-Diez inspiring competition between collectors from around the world."


Camargo


Lot  31, "Homage to Fontana." by Sergio Camargo, painted wood construction, 33 1/2 by 24 inches, 1967

Lot 31 is an important work by Sergio Camargo (1930-1990) entitled "Homage to Fontana."  A painted wood construction, it measures 33 1/2 by 24 inches and was created in 1967.  It has an estimate of $600,000 to $800,000.  It sold for $1,538,500.  Dedicated to his teacher, Lucio Fontana, it has a center narrow vertical space void of painted wood cones, a specific reference to Fontana's famous canvas "slashes."  


Gegi


Lot 33, "Dibujo sin Papel," by Gego, metal wire and thread construction, 35 7/8 by 34 inches, 1985

Lot 33 is an interesting metal wire and thread construction work by Gego (Gertudis Golschmidt) (1912-1994) entitled "Dibujo sin Papel."  It measures 35 7/8 by 34 inches and was created in 1985.  It has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It sold for $602,500.


Soto yellow

Lot 34, "Sin Titulo (Vibracion Amarilla Y Blanca," by Jesus Rafael Soto, paint, india ink, albastine, and painted metal wires on masonite, 39 1/8 inches square by 8 7/8 inches deep.


One of the auction's most stunning works is Lot 34, "Sin Titulo (Vibracion Amarilla Y Blanca," by Jesus Rafael Soto (1923-2005), paint, india ink, albastine, and painted metalsires on masonite, 39 1/8 inches square by 8 7/8 inches deep.  It has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.  It sold for $1,022,500.


Soto large

Lot 42, "Mural," by Jesus Rafael Soto, wood and paint construction with aluminum rods, 112 1/4 by 136 1/2 inches, 1967-1973


One of the auction's largest works is Lot 42, "Mural," by Jesus Rafael Soto, wood and paint construction with aluminum rods, 112 1/4 by 136 1/2 inches, 1967-1973.  The lot has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.  It failed to sell.


Soto wires

Lot 21, "Escritura Marisa," by Jesus Rafael Soto, acrylic on wood panel, painted metal and nylon string, 39 3/8 by 99 by 5 5/8 inches

Lot 21 is a fine work by Soto entitled "Escritura Marisa."  An acrylic on wood panel with painted metal and nylon string, it measures 39 38 by 99 by 5 5/8 inches.  It has an esitmate of $250,000 to $350,000.  It sold for $410,500.

Diaz circle

Lot 35, "Chromo-Interference Mecanique," by Carlos Cruz-Diaz, metal, paint, springs and electric motors, 82 3/8 inches in diameter, 1979

Lot 35 is an impressive circular metal moving sculpture by Carlos Cruz-Diaz.  It is 82 3/8 inches in diameter and was created in 1979.  It has an estimate of $350,000 to $450,000.  It sold for $662,500.



Atachubarry


Lot 149, "Las Tres Carabelas," by Pablo Atchugarry, Carara marble, 31 3/4 by 17 1/4 by 14 1/2 inches, 2002

One of the auction's most beautiful sculptures is Lot 149, "Las Tres Carabelas," by Pablo Atchugarry (b. 1952).  The Carara marble work was created in 2002 and measures 31 3/4 by 17 1/4 by 14 1/2 inches.  It has a modest estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.  It sold for $30,000.



Botero dress


Lot 22, "Standing Woman," by Fernando Botero, bronze, 139 1/2 inches high, 2003

Lot 22 is a great bronze sculpture by Fernando Botero (b. 1932) entitled "Standing Woman."  It is 139 1/2 inches high.  It was executed in 2003.  It has an estimate of $800,000 to $1,200,000.  It failed to sell.

Botero woman

Lot 59, "Seated Nude," by Fernando Botero, bronze, 19 inches high, 2003

Another good Botero bronze from the same year as Lot 22 is Lot 59, "Seated Nude."  It is only 19 inches high and has an estimate of $225,000 to $275,000.  It sold for $374,500.


Boteros

Lot 50, "Lovers," by Fernando Botero, bronze, 51 3/8 inches long, 1985, numbered 1 of an edition of 2, foreground; Lot 18, "Dancers," by Botero, graphite, charcoal and watercolor on canvas, 49 7/8 by 38 5/8 inches, 1995, left background; Lot 65, "Nina Mirandose al Espejo," by Botero, charcoal on canvas, 59 3/8 by 45 inches, 1982, left center background; Lot 19, "Un Abogado," by Botero, graphite, chaoral and watercolor on canvas, 49 7/8 by 38 5/8 inches, 1995, right center background; Lot 53, "Circus Woman," by Botero, oil on canvas, 46 1/4 by 32 inches, 2007, right background

Lot 50, Lovers," is a bronze sculpture of two reclining nude lovers by Fernando Botero.  It was made in 1985 as number 1 of an edition of 2 and is 51 3/8 inches long.  It has an esitmateof $600,000 to $800,000.  It sold for $482,500.

Lot 18, "Dancers," by Botero is a graphite, charcoal and watercolor on canvas that measures 49 7/8 by 38 5/8 inches and was executed in 1995.  It has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It sold for $254,500.

Lot 65, "Nina Mirandose al Espejo," by Botero is a charcoal on canvas that measures 59 3/8 by 45 inches and was painted in 1982.  It has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It sold for $242,500.

Lot 190, "Un Abogado," by Botero has  the same dimensions and date and estimate as Lot 18.  It sold for $290,500.

Lot 53, "Circus Woman," is an oil on canvas by Botero that measures 46 1/4 by 32 inches and was painted in 2007.  It has an estimate of $350,000 to $450,000.  It failed to sell.


Guzman

Lot 148, "Principio de Incertidumbre," by David Guzman, forged steel, 36 5/8 by 73 by 30 inches, 2011, foreground

Lot 148 is a very handsome forged steel sculpture by David Guzman (b. 1969) entitled "Principio de Incertidumbre."  It meaures 36 5/8 by 73 by 30 inches and was created in 2011.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $28, 125.


Matta sculpture

Lot 187, "Tomad senor esa mano (from the Don Qui Series, Cap XLIII), by Matta, pastel on paper mounted on canvas, 51 by 60 inches, 1985, left background; Lot 186, "No se le olvide lo que de la insula me tiene promedo (from the Don Qui Series Cap VII)," by Matta, pastel on paper mounted on canvas, 52 by 60 inches, 1985, right background; Lot 168, "Le Couple," by Matta, bronze, 26 1/2 inches high, foreground


Lot 187, "Tomad senor esa mano (from the Don Qui Series, Cap XLIII), is a pastel on paper mounted on canvas by Matta that measures 51 by 60 inches.  It was painted in 1985 and has an estimate of $35,000 to $45,000.  It failed to sell.
 
Lot 186, "No se le olvide lo que de la insula me tiene promedo (from the Don Qui Series Cap VII)," is a pastel on paper mounted on canvas by Matta that measures 52 by 60 inches and was painted in 1985. It has an estimate of $35,000 to $45,000.  It failed to sell.

Lot 168, "Le Couple," by Matta, is a very good abstract bronze sculpture that is 26 1/2 inches high and is number 5/6.  It was created in 1959-60.  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It failed to sell.


Matta three

Lot 180, "Volatice L'Echec," by Matta, oil on canvas, 29 3/4 by 25 3/8 inches, 1977, left; Lot 181, "D'iotima sabor del sin saber," by Matta, 50 1/8 by 53 1/2 inches, 1967, center; Lot 179, "Napalm al Egoismo," by Matta, oil on canvas, 28 3/4 by 23 5/8 inches, 1976, right

Lot 180, "Volatice L'Echec," by Matta, is an oil on canvas that measures 29 3/4 by 25 5/8 inches.  It was painted in 1977 and has an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.  It sold for $50,000.

Lot 181, "D'iotima sabor del sin saber," by Matta is an oilon canvas that measures 50 1/8 by 53 1/2 inches and was painted in 1967l.  It has an estimate of $70,000 to $90,000.  It sold for $86,500.

Lot 179, "Napalm al Egoismo," by Matta is an oil on canvas that measures 28 3/4 by 23 5/8 inches and was painted in 1976.  It has an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.  It sold for $56,250.


Lam

Lot 8, "Idolo (Oya/Divinite de L'Air et de la Mort," by Wilfredo Lam, oil and charcoal on canvas, 62 by 50 1/4 inches, 1944


Lot 8 is a large oil and charcoal on canvas by Wilfredo Lam (1902-1982) entitled "Idolo (Oya/Divinite de l'Air and de la Mort)."  It measures 62 by 50 1/4 inches and was painted in 1944.  It has an estimate of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000. It sold for $4,562,500 to a South American collector.  It set a new world's auction record for the artist and the painting "is entirely fresh to the market having been in the same private collection since 1947.

Oya is the Yoruba goddess who controls winds, storms and lightning and is also the guardian of entrances to cemeteries and ferries the souls of the dea from this world to the next, according to the catalogue entry.

 

Rivera child

Lot 17, "Nina en azul y blanco (Retrato de Juanita Rosas a Los Diez Anos de Edad)," by Diego Rivera, oil on canvas 47 3/4 by 36 inches, 1939

Lot 17 is a large and superb portrait of a young girl by Diego Rivera (1886-1957).  An oil on canvas, it measures 47 3/4 by 36 inches and was painted in 1939.  It has an estimate of $4,000,000 to $6,000,000.  It failed to sell. It was once in the collection of Max Epstein of Chicago.  In the catalogue entry, Professor Luis-Martin Lozano noted that the painting "is one of Rivera's greatest portraits of children, a fact the artist declared in his 1951 monograph."


Dahlias by Rivera

Lot 1, "Mujer con Dalias," by Diego Rivera, watercolor on rice paper, 11 by 15 inches, 1941


Lot 1 is a classic and very fine watercolor on rice paper by Diego Rivera (1886-1957).  Entitled "Mujer con Dalias," it measures 11 by 15 inches and was executed in 1941.  It has a modest estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $92,500.

Tamayo cat

Lot 52, "Gato Atrapado," by Rufino Tamayo, oil and sand on canvas mounted on masonite, 11 3/8 by 31 1/8 inches, 1953

Lot 52 is an excellent oil and sand on canvas mounted on masonite by RufinoTamayo (1899-1991). It measures  11 4/8 by 31 1/8 inches and was painted in 1953.  It has an estimate  of $150,000 to $250,000.  It sold for $194,500.

Tamayo white

Lot 54, "Figure with a Fan," by Rufino Tamayo, oil on canvas, 39 3/8 by 31 1/2 inches, 1955

Lot 54 is a very good oil on canvas by RufinoTamayo that is entitled "Figure with a Fan."  It measures 39 3/8 by 31 1/2 inches and was painted in 1955.  It has an estimate of $350,000 to $450,000.  It sold for $410,500.



Tamayo couple

Lot 14, "Pesonajes en rosa," by Rufino Tamayo, oil and sand on canvas, 51 1/4 by 37 3/4 inches, 1982

Lot 13 is a good oil and sand by canvas by Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) entitled "Personajes en rosa."  It measures 51 1/4 by 37 3/4 inches and was painted in 1982.  It has an estimate of $500,000 to $700,000.  It sold for $530,500.


Tamayo girl


Lot 107, "Mujer de Espaldas" by Rufino Tamayo, gouache on paper, 10 3/8 by 7 1/4 inches, circa late 1930s

Lot 107 is a nice gouache on paper by Rufino Tamayo entitled "Mujer de Espaldas.  It measures 10 3/8 by 7 1/4 inches and was painted circa late 1930s.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $28,125.


Tamayo two girls


Lot 106, "Caminantes," by Rufino Tamayo, gouache on paper, 10 3/4 by 8 1/8 inches, 1939

Lot 106 is another nice gouache on paper by Tamayo that measures 10 3/4 by 8 1/8 inches.  It is titled "Caminantes" and is dated 1939.  It has anestimate of $20,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $17,500.


Carrington


Lot 7, "Santa Teresa en la Cocina," by Leonora Carrington, oil on canvas, 20 by 39 5/8 inches, 1958

Lot 7 is a good oil on canvas by Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) entitled "Santa Teresa en la Cocina."  It measures 20 by 39 5/8 inches and was painted in 1958.  it has an estimate of $350,000 to $450,000.  It failed to sell.

Carrington sorcery


Lot 16, "El Nigromonte (The Conjurer)," by Leonora Carrington, oil on canvas, 29 by 21 1/2 inches, circa 1950

Another Carrington work, "El Nigromonte (The Conjurer)," is Lot 16, an oil on canvas that measures 29 by 21 1/2 inches and was painted circa 1950.  It has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It failed to sell.


Bravo drapery


Lot 20, "Ad Laudes," by Claudio Bravo, oil on canvas, 76 b y 51 inches, 1999

Lot 20 is a fine example of Claudio Bravo's bravura technique in painting hanging fabrics.  Entitled "Ad Laudes," it is an oil on canvas that measures 76 by 51 inches and it was painted in 1999.  it has an estimate of $700,000 to $900,000.  It sold for $1,172,500.



Bravo vases

Lot 23, "Ceramica de Marrakesh," by Claudio Bravo, oil on canas, 32 by 39 1/8 inches, 1995

Lot 23, "Ceramica de Marrakesh," is a fine still life by Claudio Bravo (1936-2011).  An an oil on canvas, it measures 32 by 39 1/8 inches and was painted in 1995.  It has an estimate of $250,000 to $350,000.  It sold for $290,500.


Herrera pink

Lot 49, "Untitled (Double Castle/Purple)," by Arturo Herrera, cut-out collage and mixed media on paper, 65 by96 inches, 2005

One of the most spectacular and beautiful works in the auction is Lot 49, a cut-out collage and mixed media on paper by Arturo Herrera (b. 1959).  "Untitled (Double Castle/Purple)" measures 65 by 96 inches and was executed in 2005.  It has an modest estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $218,500.


Carreno


Lot 157, "Untitled, "by Omar Carreno, enamel paint and wood elements on plywood 19 1/4 by 39 1/8 inches, 1952

Lot 157 is a very stunning, untitled sculpture of enamel paint and wood elements on plywood by Omar Carreno (b. 1927).  It measures 19 1/4 by 39 1/8 inches and was created in 1952.  It has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.  It sold for $98,500.


Negret

Lot 44, "Aparato Magico," by Edgar Negret, cardboard and painted wood construction, 55 by 21 by 7 1/4 inches, 1957

One of the more original and striking sculptures in the auction is Lot 44, "Aparato Magico," by Edgar Negret (b. 1920).  The cardboard and painted wood construction conjures a family of train signals and measures 55 by 21 by 7 1/4 inches.  It was executed in 1957.  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $40,625.



Gerzso gray

Lot 57, "Paisaje Nocturno," by Gunther Gerzso, oil on canvas, 19 7/8 by 28 7/8 inches, 1954

Gunther Gerzso (1915-2000) is well known for his very beautiful abstractions in bright colors.  Lot 57, "Paisaje Nocturno," is one of his more unusual night scenes and its shapes are more angles than usual.  An oil on canvas, it measures 19 7/8 by 28 7/8 inches and was painted in 1954.  It has an estimate of $70,000 to $90,000.  It sold for $104,500.


Gerzso green


Lot 137, "Ocre-Azul-Verde," by Gunther Gerzso, oil on masonite, 15 by 24 inches, 1971

Lot 137, "Ocre-Azul-Verde," is a more traditional work by Gerzo.  An oil on masonite, it measures 15 by 24 inches and was painted in 1971.  It has an estimate of $70,000 to $90,000.  It failed to sell.


Ktcho

Lot 196, "El Huracan," by Kcho, mixed media on canvas, 78 by 51 1/8 incehs, 2000

Lot 196 is a large and striking mixed media on canvas by Kcho (b. 1970) entitled "El Huracan."  It measures 78 by 51 1/8 inches and was executed in 2000.  It has an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.  It sold for $17,500.


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