Latin American artists in upcoming auctions in major houses

Posted on Sep - 25 - 2019


In this fast-paced world, where everyone is trying to take a bite out of the substantial profits and retain their market share, auction houses are changing their traditional sales model. Traditionally, auction houses concentrated their efforts to provide their buyers with classical and historical pieces, established artists and works that would not be younger than twenty or thirty years. Now, that has changed. In the upcoming auctions, the Big Three significant auction houses, Christie's, Sotheby's, and Phillips are moving their attention to mid-career artists, and in that category, resounding names from Latin American contemporary art scene step in to take their share. Here are four artists whose names you will usually find among the ranks of the overheated bidding and whose work has been produced in the last ten years. 


Damián Ortega, 

Highway, 2009

It's no secret that Ortega is one of the stars of Mexican contemporary art. His sculptures range from spectacular proportions to more accessible sizes, where the artist appropriates daily objects, decontextualize them and transmutes them into new structures. Not only is he represented by the best galleries internationally, but he also has had solo exhibitions at the Tate Modern, London, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and Freud Museum, London. His work is offered in Philips' New Now', starting at $10,000 - $15,000.

courtesy: Phillips

Tomás Saraceno

Naos, 2012

The Argentinian artist has gained worldwide fame by his recognizable artworks, which seem to materialize invisible worlds and forces, in a coherent and engaging visual language. Naos is part of the presentation Cloud Cities body of work which has been exhibited in multiple locations, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2012. His work has been presented in various venues and has gained an international following. At Sotheby's Contemporary Curated, the selection offers the work form the post-war period; the collection includes an assortment of Latin American post-war and Contemporary artists. Saraceno's work is expected to be in the range of $40,000 - $50,000. 2019-09-25 00.18.44.png

courtesy: Sotheby's

Analia Saban 

Slab Foundation #7, 2012

Christie's is also offering works by post-war and contemporary artists, much like it's rival Sotheby's and it' no surprise that they share various artists in their assortment. Nevertheless, in its selection, the works of Argentinian-born Saban make her one of the youngest in the collection. The artist dissects and reconfigures traditional notions of painting, using the medium of paint as the subject itself. Saban finds herself having had exhibited in various international museums, and her collection can be found in the Hammer Museum at UCLA, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles; Centre Pompidou in Paris, and Fundación Proa in Buenos Aires, among others. In Christie's sale "Post-war to Present," the artist's work is expected to go from $10,000 - $15,000. 

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courtesy: Christie's


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