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Christie's New York

7 P.M., May 29, 2013, Lots 1-85
10 A.M., May 30, 2013, Lots 90-320

Sale 2708


Tamayo earth

Lot 9, "Tres figuras," by Matta, oil on canvas, 28 3/4 by 36 1/4 inches, 1966

By Carter B. Horsley

This Latin American Art auctions at Christie's New York May 29 and 30, 2013 are highlighted by very good works by Tamayo, Martinez, Matta, Iturria, Lam, and Carrington.

Lot 49 is a great oil on canvas by Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) entitled "Tres Figuras."  It meaures 28 3/4 by 36 1/4 inches.  It was painted in 1966.

Tamayo earth detail 1

Detail of Lot 49

It has been widely exhibited and published.

Tamayo earth detail 2

Detail of Lot 49

This masterpiece is a vibrant composition of color and texture.

It has an estimate of $600,000 to $800,000.  It failed to sell.

Tamayo woman

Lot 46, "Sonriente en rosa," by Rufino Tamayo, oil and sand on canvas, 51 by 37 3/8 inches, 1988

Lot 46 is a more realistic Tamayo and is entitled "Sonriente en rosa," but it can't begin to compare with the glorious "Tres Figuras.'  An oil and sand on canvas, it measures 51 by 57 3/8 inches.  It was painted in 1988 and has been widely publishedd and exhibited. 

Tamayo woman detail

Detail of Lot 46

 It has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.  It sold for $375,750.

Martinez

Lot 38, "Mujeres con fruitas," by Alfredo Ramos Martinez, oil on canvas, 36 by 34 inches, circa 1930

The cover illustration of the auction catalogue is Lot 38, "Mujeres con fruitas," an oil on canvas by Alfredo Ramos Martinez (1871-1946).  It measures 36 by 34 inches and was painted circa 1930.  It has been widely exhibited and published and is a prime example of the artist's idyllic Indian motifs.  The artist lived in Paris from 1900 to 1909 where he became friendly with Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Auguste Rodin.  He returned to Mexico in 1909.  The lot has an estimate of $1,000,000 to $1,500,000.  It sold for $1,107,750.

Martinez 2

Lot 40, "Young Love," by Alfredo Ramos Martinez, tempera and conte crayon on paper laid down on heavy paper, 19 by 23 1/2 inches, circa 1939

Another Martinez is Lot 40, "Young Love," a tempera and conte crayon on paper laid down on heavy paper measures 19 by 23 1/2 inches.  It was painted circa 1939.  It has an estimate of $150,000 to $200,000.  It failed to sell.

Carrington 1

Lot 58, "Neighborly advice," by Leonora Carrington, tempera on masonite, 10 by 15 inches 1947

Lot 58 is a good tempera on masonite by Leonora Carrington entitled "Neighborly advice."  It measures 10 by 15 inches and was painted in 1947.  It was shown at the Pierre Matisse Gallery in New York in 1948.  


Carrington 1 detail

Detail of Lot 58

The lot has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000  It sold for $364,750.


Carrington 2

Lot 61, "De la hiera santa," by Leonora Carrington, oil and tempera on canvas, 39 1/2 b 27 5/8 inches, 1975

Another Carrington is Lot 61, "De la hiera santa," an oil and tempera on canvas that measures 39 1/2 by 27 5/8 inches and was painted in 1975.  It has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It sold for $195,750.


Iturria grid

Lot 259, "Untitled," by Ignacio Iturria, oil on canvas, 39 by 31 7/8 inches

Lot 259 is an excellent untitled oil on canvas by Ignacio Iturria (b. 1949).  It measures 39 by 31 7/8 inches.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000.  It sold for $15,000.

Iturria basin

Lot 258, "Untitled," by Ignacio Iturria, oil on canvas, 31 1/2 by 23 3/8 inches

Lot 258, "Untitled," by Ignacio Iturria, is an oil on canvas that measures 31 1/2 by 23  3/8 inches.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $25,000.  It sold for $21,250.


Figari

Lot 52, "Candombe," by Pedro Figari, oil on board, 16 by 38 3/4 inches, circa 1930

Lot 52 is a fine oil on board by Pedro Figari (1861-1938) entitled "Candombe."  It measures 16 by 38 3/4 inches and was painted circa 1930.  It has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.  It sold for $67,500.


Portocarrara


Lot 102, "Untitled," by Rene Portocarrero, ink and gouache on paper, 11 3/4 by 14 7/8 inches, 1956

Lot 102 is an untitled attractive ink and gouache on paper by Rene Portocarrero (1912-1985) that measures 11 3/4 by 14 7/8 inches.  It was painted in 1956.  It has an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.  It sold for $11,875.

Matta 1

Lot 15, "Peage de Venus," by Matta, oil on canvas, 78 3/4 by 150 3/8 inches, 1967

Lot 15 is a very large oil on canvas by Matta entitled "Peage de Venus."  It measures 78 3/4 by 150 3/8 inches and was painted in 1967.  

The catalogue provides the following very interesting commentary:

"By mid-century, Matta had been cast from the surrealist group for abandoning abstraction and pursuing an increasingly narrative and socio-political content in his work.  But far from lamenting his break Matta seemed to relish the opportuity to explore new ares of creativity unencumbered by the precepts and limitations of surrealism.  Moreover by the 1950s, the artist's diaphanous and mysterious landscapes suggesting inner worlds of what he described by 'Psycholoigcal Morphologies' and his dynamic and pulsating physical scapes in constant transpormation and turmoil had themselves morphed into biomorphic abstractions inhabited by tubular humaoids partially inspired by mythical totemic figures culled from such myraid sources as Pre-Columian, Native American, and Oceanic arts.  It seemed that against the backdrop of world events unfolding Matta could no longer aford to merely focus his practice on expressing the subconscious world or distant cosmic realities and phenomena.  But rather his practice assumed a sense of urgency that posits the dehumanizing effects of technology, war, social injustice and political corruption.  Thus Matta's postwar production evinces cosmic and social landscapes indicative of recent hisorical events, while providing a metaphorical glimpse into the timeless struggles of humanity  By the 1960s, Matt's heightened concerns about social inequalities and the perennial strugggles of man led the artist to embark on a number of significant trips, most notably he traveled to Cuba, Chile, and Nicaragua where he actively engaged with artists and supported political movements that opposed exploitation.  Likewise in his own work he continued to engage more humanistic concerns and current events such as racial strife and the Vietnam War, whilst never abandoning the core tenents of his practice - the search to visually convey a cosmic reality that transcends traditional notions of time and space.  During this period Matta's subject matter also gravitated to mytholocial themes, futureistic warfare, and phantasmic creatures in undersea or other chimerical worlds.  Painted in 1967, Peage de Venus depicts a liminal space populated by apparitions - biomorphic and humanoid creatures - engaged in a vaporous underworld far below the sea or high above the heavens.  The overall mood is one of reverie and an unabashed abandonment that recall the Renaissance mastepriece by Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Delights (1490-1510).  In Matta's painting androids with elongated and circular appendages suggest otherworldly bi-sexual beings with a heightened sense of sexual potency, while bulblous shaped pods harness seeds yet to be fertiflized or perhaps eggs in a state of gestation.  The artist employs his familiar technique of sponging and wiping off thinned pigment to produce translucent layers of color.  Here blue, ivory and green-yellow washes fill the canvas to create a limitless space in which the boundaries between the terrestial and aquatic and living creatures and their envionment are effetively dissolved...."

The lot has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It sold for $339,750.

Matta fire

Lot 56, "El prisonero de la luz," by Matta, oil on canvas, 38 3/8 by 49 1/4 inches, 1941

Lot 56 is a great oil on canvas by Matta entitled "El Prisonero de la Luz."  It measures 38 3/8 by 49 1/4 inches and was painted in 1941.  Matta spent the summer of 1941 in Taxco with Robert Motherwell and the spectacular eruption of the Paricutin volcano left a lasting impression on the artist who began to in corporate the violence of nature in his work.

Detail of Matta fire

Detail of Lot 59

 The lot has an estimate of $2,500,000 to $3,500,000.  It failed to sell.

Matta 3

Lot 11, "Yennes, l'evitation in Blue," by Matta, oil on canvas, 18 1/8 by 28 inches, 1939

Lot 11, "Yennes, l'evitation in Blue," by Matta is an oil on canvas that measures 18 1/8 by 28 inches.  It was painted in 1939.  

In her catalogue entry, Abby McEwen, assistant professor at the University of Maryland, notes that in his painting Matta "draws on what curators Elizabeth A. T. Smith and Collette Dartnall have described as Matta's 'idea of an inner fire, manifesting itself in flames, eruptions, and swirling lavalike forms to express the interrelatedness of man and landscape.  Within these morphological landscapes with no apparent central focus one can decipher both crystalline and fluid forms amidst fields of vibrant color.'  Inviting an analogy between the morphology of Matta's paint and the metaphor of the natural world, Smith and Dartnall suggest that 'the struggle chaos and cosmos' is imaged in 'unevenly painted surfaces applied in layers that are alternately thick and transparent.'  Here, the quiddity of Matta's paint dramatizes the enveloping vapor of blue, which washes over opalescent bodies that gleam gemlike, through amorphous openings.  A living, liquid landscape, Yennes, l'evitation in Blue invokes an athmosphere of cosmic flux, a watery galaxy of life ermerging out of the ether."

The lot has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.  It sold for $435,750.

Matta brown

Lot 63, "Let's Phosphoresce, by Matta, oil on canvas, 31 by 38 7/8 inches, 1950

Lot 63 is an impressive Matta with an unusual brown palette.  Entitled "Let's Phosphorescue," it is an oil on canvas that measures 31 by 38 7/8 iches.  It was painted in 1950.   It was exibited at the Pasadena Art mseum in 1964 and the Pan American Uion in Washington in 1955.    It has an estimate of $250,000 to $450,00.  It failed to sell.


Black lady

Lot 27. "Untitled,"by Francisco Narvaez, ebony, 23 1/2 inches high

Lot 27 is a very beautiful and powerful, untitled, ebony sculpture by Francisco Narvaez (1905-1982).  It is 23 1/2 inches high.  The lot has an estimate of $180,000 to $220,000.  It sold for $267,750.

Botero marble nude

Lot 36, "Reclining Woman," by Fernando Botero, rose marble, 20 1/2 inches long

Lot 36 is a luscious reclining female nude in rose marble by Fernando Botero (b. 1932).  It is 20 1/2 inches long.  It has an estimate of $300,000 to $400,000.  It sold for $363,750.

Botero nun child

Lot 20, "Aparicion de Santa Rosa de Lima," by Fernando Botero, oil on canvas, 51 1/2 by 59 1/4 inches, 1967

Lot 20 is a large oil on canvas by Fernando Botero of "The Apparition of Santa Rosa de Lima."  It measures 51 1/2 by 59 1/4 inches and was painted in 1967.  It has an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000.  It sold for $363,750.

Lam color

Lot 8, "Untitled (Abstract),"by Wilfredo Lam, oil on cardboard, 20 3/4 by 26 inches, 1937

Lot 8 is a great abstraction by Wilfredo Lam (1902-1982).  An untilted oil on carboard painted in 1937, it measures 20 3/4 by 26 inches.  It is a fabulous, slightly akilter composition.  

The catalogue provides the following commentary:

"Here Lam appears to liberate the pictorial space from the constraints of the modernist grid suggesting a more seamless relationship between the physical space and the biomorphic motifs that inhabit that space merging the two in a manner that forecasts his mature work in which space and figures metamorphose into one another suggesting a quintessentially non-Western cosmology rooted in interconnections and limitless dimensions."

The lot has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.  It sold for $171,750.


Lam 2 birds

Lot 53, "L'eau Solide," by Wilfredo Lam, oil on canvas, 34 1/2 by 41 3/4 inches, 1945

Lot 53 is a large oil on canvas by Lam that is entitled "L'eaus solide."  It measures 34 1/2 by 41 3/4 inches and was painted in 1945.  It has been widely published and exhibited.

In her catalogue entry, Abby McEwen remarked that "Lam's return to Cuba coincided with surging interest in Anillean culture andidentity."

"The disaporic Negritude movement led by Aimé Cesaire, who Lam met in Martinique whil en route to Havana, signalled new racial consciouness: Afro-Cuban cosmology was the subject of pioneering ethonographic and anthoprological work by Lydia Cabrera and Fernando Ortiz.  At this moment of intense fascination with African culture, in Cuba and worldwide, Lam began to reconsitute the iconography of the syncretic Afro-Cuba religion Santeria, which he had studied as a child with his godmother....Indeed, scholars have linked many of the figurative elements that appear in his paintngs - for insance, the small head with horns in L'eau solide which may suggest the deity Eleggua to speific orishas within the Santeria belief system."

 It has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.  It failed to sell.  

Many heads

Lot 136, "Sueno de piedra y mineral," by Mario Carreno, ink on paper, 15 1/8 by 18 7/8 inches, 1964

Lot 136 is an impressive ink on paper by Mario Carreno (1913-1999) that measures 15 1/8 by 18 7/8 inches.  Entitled "Sueno de piedra y mineral," it was painted in 1964.  It has an estimate of $12,000 to $18,000.  It sold for $11,875.


Construct

Lot 142, "Rebbib, paper, graphite, and wood construction, by Luis Fernando Roldan, 60 by 120 by 48 inches, 2012

Lot 142, "Rebbib," is a great construction of paper, graphite and wood by Luis Fernando Roldan (b. 1955).  It measures 60 by 120 by 48 inches and was created in 2012.  It has an estimte of $18,000 to $22,000.  It failed to sell.



Syzslo

Lot 22, "Duino," by Fernando de Szyszlo, acrylic on canvas, 62 by 93 3/8 inches, 1992

Lot 22 is a compelling and mysterious large acyrlic on canvasby Fernando de Szyszlo (b. 1925) entitled "Duino."  It measures 62 by 93 3/8 inches and was painted in 1992. 

Syzslo detail

Detail of Lot 22

 It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $60,000.


Shipyard

Lot 53, "The Bridge at Boca," by Benito Quinquela Martin, oil on canvas, 61 7/8 by 81 inches, circa 1924

Lot 53, "The Bridge at Boca," is a large and impressive oil on canvas by Benito Quinquela Martin (1890-1977).  It measures 61 7/8 by 81 inches and was painted circa 1924.  It was once in the collection of President Marcelo T. Alvear of Buenos Aires who gave it to HRH Prince of Wales Edward VIII of St. James Palace in London.  It has been widely pulished.  Boca is the port district of Buenos Aires.  The lot has an estimate of $300,000 to $400,000.  It sold for $339,750.  

Tattoo

Lot 9, "Figura con tatuajes," by Mario Carren, colored pencil and gouache on paper, 28 1/2 by 22 1/2, 1947

Lot 9 is a fine colored pencil and gouache on paper by Mario Carreno (1913-1999) of a figure with tattoos.  It measures 28 1/2 by 22 1/2 inches and was painted in 1947.  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $62,500.

Vigas

Lot 210, "Guardiana," by Oswaldo Vigas, oil on canvas, 65 by 23 3/4 inches, 1967

Lot 210 is a very lovely abstract oil on canvas by Oswaldo Vigas (b. 1926) that is entitled "Guardiana."  An oil on canvas, it measures 65 by 23 3/4 inches and was painted in 1967.  It has an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.  It sold for $111,750.

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