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Latin American Art Auctions on November

Posted on November - 14 - 2018

November is full of excitement for Latin American Art lovers, who happen to also have a passion for auctions and biddings. There is nothing like the sound of an auctioneer’s gavel sealing the deal over an important and pricy work of art. In November, two of the biggest auction houses, Christie’s and Sotheby’s are having their fall auctions on Latin American Art.

As for Sotheby’s the theme of the auctions is not solely Latin American art, but Impressionist and Modernist Art. However, due to the success that Sotheby’s had by integrating Contemporary Latin Art into their Contemporary sales, they became the first major auction house to formally integrate Latin American Art into their Global Fine Art auction. A big move for Latin American art representation in major sale points for high-rolling collectors as well as museums and institutions. Surprisingly, one of the offices that have had the most success selling Latin American art has been Sotheby’s Paris, where Surrealist Wilfredo Lam’s A Trois Centimètres de la Terre (1962) sold for $5.2 million, which provided a new auction record for the Cuban artists.  In their upcoming show, amongst the wide variety of international artists, the highlights among the Latin American artists a lovely piece by Diego Rivera titled El Sueño (La niña dormida), Rufino Tamayo’s powerful Paisaje del Paricutín(1947) where he depicted the birth of a volcano in Mexico in 1943. The Impressionist and Modern Art sales will take place on the 12th and 13th of November.

Diego Ribera, El Sueño

Christie’s on the other hand, offers an additional Latin American Art Online auction on the 12th event, which coincides, with their live auction on the 20th and 21st of November. Amongst the pieces displayed, there can be found works by Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo pieces from the Los Angeles County Museum of Artworks on paper by some of Cuba’s leading contemporary artists such as Manuel Mendive, Roberto Fabelo, and Tomás Sánchez. On the live show, the highlights include works by Diego Rivera´s Retrato de Inesita Martínez, Rufino Tamayo’s Hombre Feliz, Los Carpinteros’s Havana Country Club and Beatriz Milhazes’s A planta e a flor da banana. 

By: Gabriela Martinez de la Hoz

Los Carpinteros “Country Club”