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Sotheby's New York

7 P.M., May 28, 2013, Lots 1-60
10 A.M., May 29, 2013, Lots 75-232

Sale 8998


Matta bluest

Lot 59, "Originelle," by Matta, oil on canvas, 82 2/3 by 106 1/3 inches 1987

By Carter B. Horsley

This Latin American Art auction at Sotheby's New York May 28 and 29, 2013 is highlighted by several wonderful works by Matta, two fine paintings by Leonore Carrington, a very good painting by Morales, a superb Rufino Tamayo and nice examples by Botero, Martinez, Torres-Garcia and Reveron.


Lot 59 is a huge oil on canvas by Matta (1911-2002) entitled "Originelle."  It measures 8 2 2/3 by 106 1/3 inches and was painted in 1987.  
 

Detail of Matta Bluest

Detail of Lot 59

While Matta is always an artist of extraordinary imagination and palette, "Originelle" is very striking because it so many human-like figures and such gorgeous colors of blues, and grays.


Second detail of Matta Bluest

Detail of Lot 59

It also is one of the artist's most dynamic compositions in which he has choreographed a climax of a great and mysterious dance with very exotic creatures.  It is a masterpiece.  

It has a modest estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It sold for $317,000 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.



Matta Violet

Lot 170, "Violetation," by Matta, oil on canvas, 64 1/4 by 81/14 inches, 1989

Another very large and fabulous Matta oil is Lot 170, "Violetation."  It measures 64 1/4 by 81 1/4 inches and was painted in 1989.  Like Lot 59, it has numerous human-like figures and a very unusual and wonderful palette, this time with an emphasis on violet.

Matta Violet detail

Detail of Lot 170

In this work, Matta's  composition is almost secondary to the verymasterly  distressed texture of the painting.  This is another amazing masterpiece.  

It has a modest estimate of $125,000 to $175,000.  It sold for $125,000.


Matta gray red

Lot 30, "Untitled," by Matta, oil on canvas, 31 7/8 by 39 1/2 inches, 1962

Lot 30 is a more "scientific" Matta, one without figures and with a strong and very vibrant sense of mechanization and combustion.  It is another masterpiece.  An oil on canvas, it measures 31 7/8 by 39 1/2 inches and was painted in 1962.  

Detail of Matta gray red

Detail of Lot 30


It has a modest estimate of $125,000 to $175,000.  It sold for $125,000.

Matta blue

Lot 10, "Morphologie Psychologique," by Matta, oil on canvas, 18 by 26 inches, circa 1939

A much earlierand much smaller work by Matta is Lot 10, "Morphologie Psychologique," an oil on canvas that measures 18 by 26 inches and was painted circa 1939.  It was given by the artist who came to New York that year with other Surrealists from Paris to Mary Lawrence Tonetti, whoworked with Augustust St. Gaudens,the sculptor, and executed a monumental sculpture of Columbus for the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. The painting has a very pleasing palette and a fine, dynamic composition. It has an estimate of $800,000 to $1,200,000.  It failed to sell.

Tamayo face

Lot 52, "Hombre con Sombrero," by Rufino Tamayo, oil and sand on canvas, 39 5/8 by 31 1/2 inches, 1972

Lot 52 is a great oil and sand on canvas of "Hombre con Sombrero" by Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991).  It measures 39 5/8 by 31 1/2 inches and was painted in 1972.

Detail of Tamayo face

Detail of Lot 52

 It has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It sold for $245,000.

Tamayo brick

Lot 18, "Mujer tras La Persiana," by Rufino Tamayo, oil and sand on canvas, 51 3/8 by 38 1/4 inches, 1976

Lot 18 is an oil and sand on canvas by Tamayo entitled "Mujer tras La Persiana."  It measures 51 3/8 by 38 1/4 inches and was painted in 1976.  It has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.  It sold for $533,000.

Carrington group

Lot 29, "Operation Wednesday," by Leonora Carrington, tempera on masonite, 24 by 17 3/8 inches, 1969

Lot 29 is a good tempera on masonite by Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) entitled "Operation Wednesday.  It measures 24 by 17 3/8 inches and was painted in 1969.  

Carrington group detail

Detail of Lot 29


It has an estimate of $150,000 to $200,000.  It sold for $269,000.

carrington blue     Detail of Carrington Blue    


Lot 32, "Bat-Men (How True My Love)," by Leonora Carrington, tempera on panel, 28 5/8 by 12 inches, circa 1950


Lot 32 is another fine painting by Carrington that is entitled "Bat-Men (How True My Love).  A tempera on panel, it measures 28 5/8 by 12 inches and was painted circa 1950.  It has an estimate of $150,000 to $200,000.  It failed to sell.

Corset by Varo

Lot 7, "Recuerdo de la Walkyria," by Remedios Varo, gouache on paper affixed to artist board, 14 3/4 by 12 3/8 inches, 1938

Lot 7 is a fine gouache on paper affixed to artist board by Remedios Varo (1908-1963).  It is entitled "Recuerdo de la Walkyria" and measures 14 3/4 by 12 3/8 inches.  It was painted in 1938.  It has been widely exhibited and published.  It has an estimate of $150,000 to $200,000.  It sold for $185,000.

Morales

Lot 28, "Circo," by Armando Morales, oil and beeswax on canvas, 57 7/8 by 72 1/8 inches, 1981

Lot 28 is a superb painting by Armando Morales (1927-2011) entitled "Circo."  An oil and beeswax on canvas, it measures 57 7/8 by 72 1/8 inches and was painted in 1981.  It has an estimate $225,000 to $275,000.  It sold for $257,000.

Torres-Garcia

Lot 33, "Composition Constructive," by Joaquin Torres-Garcia, oil on canvas, 28 3/4 by 23 5/8 inches, 1931

Lot 33 is an excellent oil on canvas by Joaquin Torres-Garcia (1874-1949) entitled "Composition Constructive."  It measures 28 3/4 by 23 5/8 inches and was painted in 1931.  It has anestimate of $700,000 to $900,000.  It sold for $1,445,000.

Strings

Lot 45, "Untitled," by Arturo Herrera, printed paper cutout mounted on acid-free paper 66 1/2 by 90 1/2 inches, 2003

Lot 45 is an untitled work by Arturo Herrera (b. 1959).  It is a large printed paper cutout mounted on acid-free paper that measures 66 1/2 by 90 1/2 inches.  It was created in 2003.  

Detail of strings

Detail of Lot 45

It has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.  It sold for $389,000.


Villaneuva


Lot 204, "Los Caminos de la Vida," by Ernesto Villanueva, mixed media on canvas with painted metal elements, 83 by 71 2/3 inches, 2003

One of the most striking works in the auction iis Lot 204, "Los Caminos de la Vida," by Ernesto Villanueva (b.1970).  A mixed media work on canvas with painted metal elements, it measures 83 by 71 2/3 inches.  It was created in 2003.  It has an estimate of $12,000 to $18,000.  It sold for $20,000.

Reveron

Lot 13, "Vista del Playon," by Armando Reveron, oil on canvas, 38 3/8 by 43 3/4 inches, 1933

Lot 13 is a good landscape by Armando Reveron (1889-1954) entitled "Vista del Playon."  An oil on canvas, it measures 38 3/8 by 43 3/4 inches.  It was painted in 1933.  It has been widely published.  It has an estimate of $350,000 to $450,000.  It sold for $437,000.

Botero woman

Lot 14, "Archangel San Miguel," by Fernando Botero, oil on canvas, 76 1/2 by 53 1/4 inches, 1986

Lot 14 is a large oil on canvas by Fernando Botero (b. 1932) of "Archangel San Miguel."  It measures 76 1/2 by 53 1/4 inches and was painted in 1986.  The archangel is wearing a large straw hat wiht the royal feather plumes of Inca nobility.  The lot has an estimate of $600,000 to $800,000.  It sold for $815,000.

Botero gent

Lot 56, "Man with a Walking Stick," by Fernand Botero, bronze, 41 inches high, numbered 5/6, 1987

Lot 56 is a fine bronze sculpture of a "Man with a Walking Stick" standing on a small woman reclining on her stomach by Fernanrd Botero.  It is 41 inches high and number 5/6.  It was created in 1987.  It has an estimate of $450,000 to$4550,000.  It sold for $617,000.



Latin1

Lot 17, "La India de los Floripondios," by Alfredo Ramos Martinez, oil on canvas, 30 by 24 inches, circa 1932

Lot 17 is a good oil on canvas by Alfredo Ramos Martinez (1872-1946) entitled "La India de los Floripondios." It measures 30 by 24 inches and was painted circa 1932.  It has an estimate of $800,000 to $1,200,000.  It failed to sell.


Ianelli

Lot 176, "Tensao," by Arcangelo Ianelli, tempera on canbas 70 7/8 by 50 7/8 inches, 1976

Lot 176 is a subtle and haunting abstraction by Arcangelo Ianelli (1922-2009) entitled "Tensao."  A tempera on canvas, it measures 70 7/8 by 50 7/8 inches and was painted in 1976.  It has an estimate of $18,000 to $22,000.  It sold for $81,250.

Iron

Lot 180, "The Juggler," by Marcelo Bonevardi, mixed media and construction on canvas, 48 by 30 1/2 inches, 1965, numbered 204

Lot 180 is a very good mixed media and construction on canvas by Marcelo Bonevardi (1929-1994).  Entitled "The Juggler," it measures 48 by 30 1/2 inches and is dated 1965 and number 204.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $25,000.  It failed to sell.

Kutica

Lot 210, "Pintando un Cielo," by Ignacio Iturria, oil on canvas, 20 1/8 by 78 inches, 1996

Lot 210 is an amusing work by Ignacio Iturria (b. 1949) entitled "Pintando un Cielo."  An oil on canvas, it measures 20 1/8 by 78 inches and was painted in 1996.  It has an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.  It sold for $15,000.

Gerzso

Lot 173, "Yaxchilan," by Gunther Gerzso, cast bronze, 28 1/2 inches high, numbered 1/6, 1988

Lot 173 is a fine cast bronze sculpture by Gunther Gerzso (1915-2000).  Entitled "Yaxchilan," it measures 28 1/2 inches high and is numbered 1/6.  It was created in 1988.  It has an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.  It sold for $62,500.


Bellerman

Lot 11, "Costa de la Guaira a la Caida del Sol," by Ferdinand Bellemann, oil on canvas, 46 7/8 by 62 3/8 inches, 1874

Lot 11 is a lovely and large landscape by Ferdinand Bellemann (1814-1889) that is entitled "Costa de la Guaira a la Caida del Sol."  An oil on canvas, it measures 46 7/8 by 63 3/8 inches and was painted in 1874.  It has an estimate of $700,000 to $1,000,000.  It failed to sell.

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