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Christie's New York

11 A.M., May 28, 2014, Lots 1-137
3 P.M., May 28, 2014, Lots 138-250

Sale 2853

Botero house

Lot 11, "Man Going to Work," by Fernando Botero, oil on canvas, 20 by 25 inches, 1969

By Carter B. Horsley

The May 28, 2014 Latin American Art auction at Christie's New York is highlighted by several good works by Botero, an excellent Torres-Garcia, a fine Siqueiros, a good Tamayo, an impressive Reveron self-portrait, an amusing Iturria, an exquisite de Amaral, and a jaunty Figari.

The sale total was $17,614,500 with 76 percent of the 245 offered lots selling.

The back-cover lot of the catalogue was Lot 11, "Man Going to Work," by Fernando Botero (b. 1932), shown at the top of this article.  An oil on canvas, it measures 74 inches square and was executed in 1969.  It has been widely published.  It has an estimate of $1,200,000 to $1,800,000.  It sold for $1,445,000 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.

Botero equestrian

Lot 30, "Man on a Horse," by Fernando Botero, oil on canvas, 17 1/2 by 13 1/2 inches, 2002

Lot 30 is a small oil on canvas by Botero of a "Man on a horse."  It measures 17 1/2 by 13 1/2 inches and was painted in 2002.  It has an estimate of $150,000 to $200,000.  It sold for $221,000.


Botero bullfighter

Lot 155, "Picador," by Fernando Botero, oil on canvas, 60 by 48 1/2 inches, 2005

Lot 155, "Picador," is an oil on canvas by Botero that measures 60 by 48 1/2 inches and was painted in 2005.  It has an estimate of $500,000 to $700,000.  It failed to sell.


Boteri young girl

Lot 154, "Anna," by Fernando Botero, watercolor on paper, 14 7/8 by 12 inches, 1973

Lot 154 is a charming watercolor on paper by Botero entitled "Anna."  It measures 14 7/8 by 12 inches and was created in 1973.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000.  It sold for $47,500.


Botero devil


Lot 153, "Devil," by Fernando Botero, sepia and ink on paper, 9 1/4 by 8 inches, 1971

Lot 153 is an amusing sepia and ink on paper of "Devil" holding a devil doll by Botero.  It measures 9 1/4by 8 inches and was drawn in 1971.  It has a modest estimate of $12,000 to $18,000.  It failed to sell.


Reveron

Lot 75, "Autoretrato con pumpa," by Armando Reveron, pastel and chalk on paper laid down on wood, 24 3/4 by 19 inches, 1947


Lot 75 is a good pastel and chalk self-portraint on paper laid down on wood by Armando Reveron (1889-1954).  It measures 24 3/4 by 19 inches and was painted in 1947.  It has an estimate of $120,000 to $180,000.  It failed to sell.

Tamayo

Lot 102, "The Frog," by Rufino Tamayo, oil and sand on canvas, 23 3/8 by 20 inches, 1946

Lot 102 is a good oil and sand on canvas by Rufino Tamayo ()1899-1991) entitled "The Frog."  It measures 23 38 by 20 inches and was painted in 1946.  It has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.  It sold for $605,000.

Lot 148 is another Tamayo entitled "Dialogue" that was being sold by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which has been deaccessioning many Tamayos in recent years.  This oil and marble dust on canvas meausres 51 1/2 by 75 inches and was painted in 1974.  It had been widely published and exhibited and had an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.  It sold for $845,000.

Torres-Garcia maze

Lot 56, "Composition TSF," by Joaquin Torres-Garcia, oil on canvas, 36 1/8 by 23 1/2 inches, 1931

The cover illustration of the auction catalogue is Lot 56, "Composition TSF," by Joaquin Torres-Garcia (1874-1949).  An oil on canvas, it measures 36 1/8 by 23 1/2 inches and was executed in 1931.  The artist's pictographs and grids became "a new paradigm for Latin American abstraction," according to the catalogue.  The lot has an estimate of $1,000,000 to $1,500,000.  It sold for $1,565,000.


Torres-garcia small


Lot 60, "Barcos metafisicos sobre fondo verde," by Joaquin Torres-Garcia, oil on cardboard, 16 3/4 by 20 inches, 1943

Another work by Torres-Garcia is Lot 60, "Barcos metafisico sobre fondo verde," an oil on cardboard that measures 16 3/4 by 20 inches.  It was painted in 1943 and was  been widely published and exhibited.  It has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000. It sold for $118,500.

Lam 1

Lot 192, "Untitled," by Wilfredo Lam, oil on canvas, 51 3/4 by 44 inches, 1964

Lot 192 is a good untitled abstract oil on canvas by Wilfredo Lam (1902-1982).  It measures 51 3/4 by 44 inches and was painted in 1964.  It has an estimate of $500,000 to $700,000.  It failed to sell.


Lam 2

Lot 50, Untitled, by Wilfredo Lam, oil on canvas, 25 3/4 by 21 3/8 inches, 1970

Another good oil on canvas by Lam is Lot 50.  An untitled work from 1970, it measures 25 3/4 by 21 3/8 inches.  It has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.  It sold for $106,250.


Atchugarry2

Lot 189, untitled, by Pablo Atchugarry, white Carrara marble with granite base, 58 1/2 inches high, 2012

Lot 189 is a very fine, untitled, white Carrara marble abstract sculpture by Pablo Atchugarry (b. 1954).  It is 58 1/2 inches high and was created in 2012.  It has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.  It sold for $106,500.


Atchugarry

Lot 26, "Untitled," by Pablo Atchugarry, white Carrara marble, 22 by 15 by 12 inches, 2012

Lot 26 is another good sculpture by Atchugarry, this time a bit more curved.  The untitled white Carrara marble statue measures 22 by 15 by 12 inches and was created in 2012.  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $52,500.


Carrington


Lot 121, "The Hunt," by Leonora Carrington, oil and tempera on canvas, 15 by 39 3/8 inches, 1962

Lot 121 is an oil and tempera on canvas by Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) entitled "The Hunt."  It measures  15 by 39 3/8 inches and was painted in 1962.  It has an estimate of $120,000 to $180,000.  It sold for $173,000.



Figari


Lot 74, "Al bautismo de paseo," by Pedro Figari, oil on board, 11 7/8 by 31 3/8 inches, 1932

Lot 74 is a good oil on board by Pedro Figari (1861-1936) entitlted "Al Bautismo de paseo."  It measures 11 7/8 by 31 3/8 inches and was painted in 1932.  It has an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.  It sold for $52,500.


Vera


Lot 175, "El taller," by Guillermo Munoz Vera, oil and alkyd on canvas, 118 by 92 1/2 inches, 2000

Lot 174 is an impressive oil and alkyd on canvas by Guillermo Munoz Vera (b. 1956) entitled "El Taller."  It meaures 118 by 92 1/2 inches and was painted in 2000.  It has an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.  It failed to sell.



Iturria


Lot 34, Untitled, by Ignacio Iturria, oil on canvas, 28 by 36 inches, 1996

Lot 34 is a good untitled oil on canvas by Ignaccio Iturria (b. 1949).  It measures 28 by 36 inches and was painted in 1996.  It has an estimate of $18,000 to $22,000.  It sold for $27,500.


Iturria 2

Lot 172, "Les immigrantes," by Iturria, oil on cardboard, 19 by 76 1/2 inches, 1994

Another Iturria is Lot 172, "Les immigrants," an oil on cardboard that measures19 by 76 1/2 inches.  It was painted in 1994.  It has an esitmate of $18,000 to $22,000.  It sold for $21,250.


de Amaral

Lot 23, "Cesta Lunar 016," by Olga de Amaral, linen, silk and goldleaf, 1992, 172 1/2 by 59 inches

Lot 23 is a large and beautiful work by Olga de Amaral (b. 1932) on linen, silk and goldleaf that was made in 1992 and is entitled  "Cesta  Lunar 016." 


de Amaral detail

Detail of Lot 23


It measures 172 1/2 by 59 inches.  It has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.  It sold for $161,000.




Matta

Lot 53, "Le mouse," by Matta oil on  paper laid down on canvas, 19 1/4 by 35 1/8 inches

Lot 53 is tonally unusual work by Matta (1911-2002) entitled "Le mouse."  An oil on paper laid down on canvas, the brownish painting measures 19 1/4 by 35 1/8 inches.  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It failed to sell.


Meijguinand

Lot 245, "Untitled," by Francisco Mejia-Giumand, oil on canvas, 29 3/8 by 59 1/4 inches, 1980

Lot 245 is a very good untitlted oil on canvas by Francisco Mejia-Guimand (b. 1964).  It meaures 29 3/8 by 59 1/4 inches and was painted in 1980.  It has an estimate of $12,000 to $18,000.  It sold for $17,500.


Diago

Lot 61, Untitled, by Roberto Diago, oil, gouache and ink on board, 20 by 30 inches

A good untitled abstract work is Lot 61, an oil, gouache and ink on board by Robert Diago (1920-1957).  It measures 20 by 30 inches and has an estimate of $18,000 to $22,000.  It sold for $15,000.


Ruiz

Lot 246, ""Desplazamiento,"by Pedro Ruiz, oil on canvas, 40 by 59 1/2 inches, 2012

One of the auction's more striking paintings is Lot 246, "Desplazamiento," by Pedro Ruiz ((b. 1957).  An oil on canvas, it measures 40 by 59 1/2 inches and was painted in 2012.  It has an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.  It sold for $32,500.


Siqueiros

Lot 117, "Untitled," by David Alfaro Siqueiros, pyroxylin on board, 24 by 31 3/4 inches, 1973

Lot 117 is an excellent pyroxylin on board by David Alfaro Siqueiros.  It measures 24 by 31 3/4 inches and was painted in 1973.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000.  It sold for $47,500.


Zesatti



Lot 176, "Vida atada," by Luis Armando Zesatti, acrylic on canvas, 51 1/4 by 76 3/4 inches, 2006

One of the auction's most impressive paintings is Lot 176, "Vida atada,"by Luis Armando Zesatti (b. 1967).  It measures 51 1/4 by 76 3/4 inches and was painted in 2006.  It has an estimate of $35,000 to $45,000.  It sold for $47,500.

Rayo


Lot 68, "Kogui II," by Omar Rayo, acrylic on canvas, 20 by 26 inches, 1970

Lot 68 is a handsome abstract acrylic on canvas by Omar Rayo (1928-2010) entitled "Kogui II."  It measures 20 by 26 inches and was painted in 1970.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $25,000.  It sold for $32,500.


Syzlo


Lot 151, "Mar de Luria," by Fernando de Szysylo, acrylic on canvas 30 3/4 by 157 1/4 inches, 1990

Lot 151 is a very large and impressive acrylic on canvas by Fernando de Szyszlo (b. 1925). It is entitled "Mar de Luria and measures 30 3/4 by 157 1/4 inches.  It was painted in 1990.  It has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.  It sold for $87,500.


Sanchez


Lot 160, "El reto," by Tomas Sanchez, acrylic on canvas, 59 3/8 by 47 3/4 inches, 2001

Lot 160 is an acrylic on canvas entitled "El Reto," by Tomas Sanchez (b.1948).  It meaures 59 3/8 by 47 3/4 inches.  It was painted in 2001.  It has an estimate of $180,000 to $220,000  It sold for $185,000.


Tunga

Lot 225, "Palindromo incesto,"by Tunga, 28 1/2 by 82 3/4 by 50 7/8 inches, 1992-2002

One of the more intriguing sculptures in the auction is Lot 225, "Palindromo incesto,"by Tunga (b. 1952),  It measures 28 1/2 by 82 3/4 by 50 7/8 inches and was created 1992-2002.  It relates to a Nordic myth about Siamese twins who were joined by hair and sacrificed at puberty and the scavenged scalp was taken as a trophy by a woman who embroidered an image and the hair turned to metal and then gold, according to the catalogue.  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $149,000.



Ferrari


Lot 218, "Estructura geometrica," by Leon Ferrari, stainless steel, 12 by 5 3/4 by 5 3/4 inches, edition 4 of 20, 1983

Lot 218 is a very fine abstract stainless steel sculpture by Leon Ferrari (1920-2013).  Entitled "Estructura geometrica," it is 4 of an edition of 20 and was created in 1983. It has an estimate of $12,000 to $18,000.  It sold for $11,875.


Cardenas

Lot  42, Untitled, by Agustin Cardenas, wood, 21 1/4 inches high

Lot 42 is a fine untitled wood sculpture by Agustin Cardenas (1927-2001).  It is 21 1/4 inches high.  It has an estimate of $25,000 to $30,000.  It sold for $50,000.


Derida

Lot 159, "Genesis," by Jorge Jimenez Deredia, bronze with marble base, 15 by 72 3/4 by 13 3/8 inches, 2 of an edition  of 8, 2005

Lot 159 is a quite striking bronze sculpture in four parts on a marble base, entitled "Genesis," by Jorge Jimenez Deredia (b. 1954).  It measures 15 by 72 3/4 by 13 3/8 and is 2 of an edition of 8.  It was created in 2005.  It has an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.  It sold for $50,000.

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