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Christie's New York

7 P.M., November 20, 2013, Lots 1-74
10 A.M., November 21, 2013, Lots 80-253

Sale 2747

Detail of Matta

Lot 38, "La rosa," by Matta, oil on canvas, 20 by 25 inches, 1943

By Carter B. Horsley
The fine Latin American Art auction at Christie's New York November 20 and 21, 2013 is highlighted by a great Matta, several wonderful works by Neto and Botero, excellent works by Berni, Torres-Garcia, Paalen, Soriano, Jaar and Reveron, two good paintings by Leonore Carrington, and many other choice works by Soto, Lam, Iturria and Figari.

Matta

Detail of  Lot 38

Lot 38, "La Rosa," is a great oil on canvas by Matta (1911-2002).  It measures 20 by 25 inches and was executed in 1943.  It is being sold by the Cleveland Museum of Art to benefit future acquisitions.

Matta's volcanic imagery takes on the guise of pulsating forms, nebulous tissues or membranes derived from human or plan life, and projectile-like splashes of color that imbue this work with a decidedly erotic edge consistent with the artist's belief in the continuum of natural phenomena and his vision of the earth as a sexually charged mass of energy in perpetual state of transformation and regeneration."

 It has a very modest estimate of $250,000 to $350,000.  It sold for $461,000 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.

The sale sold 76 percent of the offered lots for $18,240,375.

Virgilio Garza, head of Christie's Latin American Art department, said after the sale that "we are pleased to conclude the Day session of our fall Latin American Art sale with the continued momentum of the evening session, achieving excellent prices by artists including Nahum B. Zenil, Alexandre Arrechea, Franciso Mejia-Guinand and Daniel Senise," adding that "in the same vein as last night's session, the succss of these lots was demonstrative of the significant interest that exists internationally for works by Latin American artists who are fresh to the auction market."



Paalen

Lot 36, "Untitled," by Wolfgang Paalen, oil on canvas, 51 by 47 inches, 1946

Lot 36 is a large and very colorful, untitled oil on canvas by Wolfgang Paalen (1905-1959).  It measures 51 by 47 inches and was painted in 1946.  It is being sold by the Ralph and Fanny Ellison Charitable Trust.


Paalen detail

Detail of Lot 36

It has a modest estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $209,000.

Neto 1

Lot 29, "Mujer en la regardera," by Rodolfo Nieto, oil on canvas, 44 1/2 by 57 1/4 inches

There are several large striking paintings in the auction by Rodolfo Nieto (1936-1985).  Lot 29 is a 44 1/2-by-57 1/4-inch oil on canvas entitled "Mujer en la regardera."   

Detail of Neto 1

Detail of Lot 29

It and two other Nietos were exhibited in one of the main rooms at Christie's New York and were consigned from the collection of Estela and Joaquin Shapiro.  Estela Shapiro opened the Galeria Estala Shapiro in Mexico in 1977 and befriended such artists as Nieto, Juan Soriano, his mentor and Gunther Gerzso.  The lot  has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It failed to sell.


Neto bull

Lot 23, "Toro," by Rodolfo Nieto, oil on canvas, 38 3/8 by 51 1/4 inches, 1977

Another Shapiro Nieto is Lot 23, Toro," a 1977 oil on canvas that measures 38 3/8 by 51 1/4 inches. The catalogue entry noted that Nieto "belongs to the Ruptura (Rupture) era of the mid-twentieth century, those artists who followed the lead of RufinoTamayo and Jose Luis Cuevas in 'breaking' with the figurative social realism of the Mexican School of Painting challenging the dominant visual narratives of Mexican Muralism to experiment with neo-figuration and geometric, lyrical, and figurative abstraction," adding that Nieto "is also rightly considered a contributor to the dissemination of the so-called 'Oaxaca cShool' under the mantle of this compatriot Tamayo.

Detail of Neto Bull

Detail of Lot 23

It has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It sold for $293,000.

Neto scrawl

Lot 126, "Untitled (Homage to Van Gogh)," by Rodolfo Nieto, oil on canvas 45 3/4 by 35 inches, 1967

Lot 126 is an untitlted, non-Shapiro Nieto that is known as "Homage of Van Gogh).  An oil on canvas, it measures 45 3/4 by 35 inches and was painted in 1967.  It has an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.  It sold for $15,000.


Soriano

Lot 35, "Retrato de una filosofa (Maira Zambrano)," by Juan Soriano, oil on canvas, 40 7/8 by 57 1/4 inches, 1955

Lot 35 is a dramatic and bright oil on canvas by Juan Soriano (1920-2006) entitled "Retrato de una filosofa (Maria Zambrano)."  It measures 40 7/8 by 57 1/4 inches and was painted in 1955.  It is from the Shapiro collection and has an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.  It sold for $56,250.


Mabe

Lot 216, "Untitled," by Manabu Mabe, oil on canvas, 20 inches square, 1979


Lot 216 is a bold untitled abstraction by Manabu Mabe (1924-1997).  An oil on canvas, it is 20 inches square and was painted in 1979.  It has an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.  It sold for $15,000.

Lam 1

Lot 154,  "Les Branches," by Wilfredo Lam, pastel and charcoal on paper, 22 7/8 by 35 1/4 inches, 1955

Lot 154 is a very colorful and excellent abstraction by Wilfredo Lam (1902-1982) entitled "Les Branches."  The work has a lovely soft palette and very dynamic dimensionality that is unusual for the artist.  It has a modest estimate of $20,000 to $25,000.  It sold for $47,500.

Lam 2

Lot 155, "Untitled," by Wilfredo Lam, goauche, pastel and charcoal on paper laid down on canvas, 30 1/8 by 21 7/8 inches, 1962

A less lyrical but still impressive work by Lam is Lot 155, an untitled gouache, pastel and charcoal on ppaper laid down on canvas he executed a few years later in 1962.  It measures 30 1/8 by 21 7/8 and is unusual in his oeuvre for its density and "spotty" brushwork.  It has an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.  It failed to sell.

Lam 3

Lot 8, "Untitled," by Wilfredo Lam, oil on canvas, 19 3/4 by 15 3/4 inches, 1965

A later and more conventional work by Lam is Lot 8, "untitled," an oil on canvas from 1965 that measures 19 3/4 by 15 3/4 inches.  In this very strong work, large hands replace his traditional birds in a good composition.  It has been widely exhibited and published.  It has a modest estimate of $70,000 to $90,000.  It sold for $118,750.

Pink checks

Lot 47, "Banderinhas estruturadas com mastros (No.1339)," by Alfredo Volpi, tempera on canvas, 18 3/4 by 26 7/8 inches, circa 1970

Lot 47 is a tempera on canvas by Aldredo Volpi (1896-1988) that measures 18 3/4 by 26 7/8 inches.  Entitled "Banderinhas estruturadas com mastros," it was painted circa 1970.  It has an estimate of $350,000 to $450,000.  It failed to sell.

Volpi gray

Lot 50, "Bandeirinhas horizontais com mastroa (No. 1337)," tempera on canvas by Alfredo Volpi, 16 3/4 by 33 1/2 inches, circa 1970

Another Volpi is a very similar work by Volpi only with a different palette.  Lot 50 is is entitled "Banderinhas hoizontais com mastros (No. 1337)."  A tempera on canvas, it measures 16 3/4 by 33 1/2 inches and was also painted circa 1970.  It has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.  It sold for $389,000.


Soto yellow

Lot 225, "Sotomagie Portfolio," by Jesus Rafael Soto, 13 1/4 inches square, 1967

Lot 225 consists of three works by Jesus Rafael Soto (1923-2005).  The lot has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $62,500.

Untitled by Soto

Lot 60, "Untitled," by Jesus Rafael Soto, painted wood and metal relief, 23 5/8 inches square, 1975

Lot 60 is a handsome painted wood and metal relief by Soto.  It is 23 5/8 inches square and was created in 1975.  It has an estimate of $70,000 to $90,000.  It sold for $93,750.

Siqueiros

Lot 105, "Untitled," by David Alfaro Siqueiros, gouache and oil on paper laid on panel, 25 1/2 by 19 3/4 inches, 1968

Lot 105 is a very striking untitled work by David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974).  A gouache an oil on paper laid down on panel, it measures 25 1/2 by19 3/4 and is being sold, inexplicably, by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to benefit acquisitions of Latin American art.  it has a  modest estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.  It failed to sell.

Beatix

Lot 69, "O casamento," by Beatriz Milhazes, acrylic on canvas, 48 by 49 1/8 inches,1995

Lot 69 is a very colorful acrylic on canvas by Beatriz Milhazes (b.1960) entitled "O casamento."  It measures 48 by 49 1/8 inches and was created in 1995.  The catalogue entry notes that the artist indulges in what one critic called "baroque delirium" in navigating between order and chaos, restraint and exuberance.  It has an estimate of $600,000 to $800,000.  It sold for $1,025,000.


Tamayo planes

Lot 39 , "Women Reaching for the Moon," by Rufino Tamayo, oil and sand on canvas, 36 by26 1/4 inches, 1946

Lot 39, Women Reaching for the Moon," by Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991), is the cover illustration of the auction's catalogue and is property of the Cleveland Museum of Art to benefit future acquisi    tions.  The work's theme would be repeated, albeit with a single man, for a major mural the artist completed in 1953 for the Dallas Museum of Art.  Lot 39 has been very widely published and exhibited  It was once in the collection of Leonard C. Hanna Jr. of Cleveland.  It has an estimate of $1,200,000 to $1,800,000.  It sold for $1,445,000.


Tamayo 1

Lot 43, "Dos mujeres," by Rufino Tamayo, oil on canvas, 51 by 38 inches, 1958

Lot 43 is another Tamayo, entitled "Dos mujeres."  It is an oil on canvas that measures 51 by 38 inches and was painted in 1958.  It has an estiamte of $500,000 to $700,000.  It failed to sell.

Tamayo blue

Lot 37, "Child Playing," by Rufino Tamayo, oil and sand on canvas, 49 1/4 by 39 inches, 1945

Lot 47 is a pleasant oil and sand on canvas by Tamayo entitled "Child Playing."  It measures 49 1/4 by 39 inches and was painted in 1945.  It is being sold, inexplicably, by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to benefit acquisitions of Latin American Art. It has been widely published and exhibited. It has an estimate of $300,000 to $400,000.  It sold for $425,000.  

Miners

Lot 73, "Gold in the Morning #4," by Alfredo Jaar, light box with color transparency, 48 1/2 by 72 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches, 2005, one of an edition of three

The most dramatic work in the auction is Lot 73, "Gold in the Morning #4," by Alfredo Jaar (b. 1954), a light box with color transparency that measures 48 1/2 by 72 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches.  It was created in 2005 as one of an edition of three.  It depicts a humanity soiled thoroughly with mud in the foreground and converted to infinitesmal hordes in the background, an utterly memorable composition that thunderously inspires awe and fear.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000.  It sold for $37,500.


Obregon

Lot 169, "Huesos de mis bestias," by Alejandro Obregon, acrylic on panel, 9 3/8 by 18 1/2, circa 1966

Lot 169 is a striking and complex abstraction by Alejandro Obregon (1920-1992).  An acrylic on panel, it measures 9 3/8 by 18 1/2 inches and was painted circa 1966.  It has an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.  It sold for $17,500.

Botero

Lot 53, "Circus Girl in Her Trailer," by Fernando Botero, oil on canvas, 53 1/2 by 39 1/4 inches, 2008

Lot 53 is a fine oil on canvas by Fernando Botero (b.1932) that is entitled "Circus Girl in Her Trailer."  It measures 53 1/2 by 39 1/4 inches and was painted in 2008.  It has an estimate of $350,000 to $450,000.  It sold for $341,000.


Solar

Lot 152, "Siete casas (la figurativa)," by Alejandro Xul Solar, watercolor on paper laid down on board, 5 3/4 by 6 inches, 1919

Lot 152 is a simple but very stylish watercolor on ppaper laid down on board by Alejandro Xul Solar (1887-1963).  Entitled "Siete casas (la figurativa)," it measures 5 3/4 by 6 inches and was painted in 1919.  It has an estimate of $25,,000 to $30,000.  It failed to sell.


Figari 1

Lot 148, "Injuria," by Pedro Figari, oil on board, 19 1/2 by 27 1/8 inches, 1922

Lot 148 is a good oil on board by Pedro Figari (1861-1938) entitled "Injuria."  It measures 19 1/2 by 27 1/8 inches and was painted in 1922.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000.  It sold for $25,000.

Figari 2

Lot 147, "La Novia," by Pedro Figari, oil on cardboard, 12 3/4 by 19 inches, 1933

The auction's best work by Pedro Figari is Lot 147, "La Novia,"an oil on cardboard that measures 12 3/4 by 19 inches and was painted in 1933.  It has an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.  It sold for $37,500.


Two Figaris

Lot 145, "El Domingo," by Pedro Figari, oil on board, 12 1/2 by 19 inches, left; Lot 33, "Camdombe," by Figari, oil on board, 19 by 25 inches, 1932


Lot 145 is a pleasant oil on board by Pedro Figari entitled "El Domingo."  It measures 12 1/2 by 19 inches.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000.  It sold for $37,500.

Lot 33 is a pleasant oil on board by Figari entitled "Camdombe."  It measures19 by 25 inches and was painted in 1932.  It has an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.  It failed to sell.

Black table

Lot 22, "Fuerza ancestral," by Jorge Jimenez Deredia, bronze sculpture with marble base, 19 by 88 by 22 inches, one in an edition of six, 2008

The main sculpture in the vestibule of Christie's New York during this auction's exhibition was Lot 22, "Fuerza ancestral," a bronze sculpture by Jorge Jimenez (b. 1954).  It measures 19 by 88 by 22 inches and was created in 2008 as one in an edition of six. Born in Heredia, Costa Rica, the artist's real last name is Martinez, but he adopted the surname "Deredia." It has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.  It sold for $75,000.

Stockringer

Lot 202, "Mulherguerreira," by Francisco Stockinger, iron,wood and scrap metal, 62 1/2 inches high

Lot 202 is a very fine iron, wood and scrap metal sculpture by Francisco Stockinger.  Entitled "Mulherguerreira, it is 62 1/2 inches high.  It has an estimate of $18,000 to $22,000.  It sold for $30,000.


Iturria grid

Lot 197, "Metegol I," by Ignacio Iturria, oil on canvas, 39 7/8 by 32 inches, 1991

Lot 197 is an amusing and good oil on canvas by Ignacio Iturria (b. 1949) entitled "Metegol I."  It measures 39 7/8 by 32 inches and was created in 1991.  

Iturria detail

Detail of Lot 197


It has an estimate of $25,000 to $30,000.  It failed to sell.

Iturria sink

Lot 196, "Untitled," by Ignaccio Iturria, oil on canvas, 52 1/8 by 39 inches

Another good oil on canvas by Iturria is Lot 196.  It is untitled and measures 52 1/8 by 39 inches.  It has an estimate of $20,000 to $25,000.  It sold for $18,750.

Iturria table

Lot 201, "El Pupitre de Ana," by Ignacio Iturria, oil on canvas, 59 1/8 by 74 1/2 inches, 1998

Another very good work by Iturria is Lot 201, "El Pupitre de Ana," an oil on canvas that measures 59 1/8 by 74 1/2 inches.  It was painted in 1998.


Iturria table detail

Detail of Lot 201

It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It failed to sell.

Alpuy

Lot 150, "The Earth III," by Julio Alpuy, incised and painted wood, 35 by 38 3/4 inches, 1965

One of the finest works in the auction is Lot 150, "The Earth III," incised and painted wood, by Julio Alpuy (1919-2009).  It measures 35 by 38 3/4 inches and was created in 1965.  The warmth of the reddish-brown wood and the pale blue background of the painted circle with its embossed figures is very beautiful and the the circular incised holes framing it add fine dimensionality and counterpoint.  An exceeding satisfying work, it has an estimate of $12,000 to $18,000.  It sold for $16,250.

Arias

Lot 236, "Agua que no has de beber (Cordilleras)," by Fernando Arias, gold plated bronze with inlaid preious stones,17 inches long

Lot 236 is an exquisite gold plated island inlaid with previous stones by Fernando Arias (b. 1963).  It is entitled "Agua que no has de beber (Cordilleras)" and is 17 inches long and is dated 2012.  It has an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.  It failed to sell.

Berni

Lot 20, "Juanito Laguna," by Antonio Berni, oil, collage, and mixed media on wooden board, 48 by 40 1/2 inches, 1977

One of the auction's most striking works is Lot 20, "Juanito Laguna," by Antonio Berni (1905-1981).  An oil, collage and mixed media on wooden board, it measures 48 by 40 1/2 inches and was created in 1977.
The catalogue entry notes that Berni, "an outstanding figure in twentieth-century Argentine art," documented the living conditions of Bajo de Flores, "one of the growing shantytowns around Buenos Aires."  He created two characters who became very prominent in this work: Ramona Montiel, "a seamstress turned prostitute," and Juanito Laguna, a "street urchin" - "fictional creations that grew to urban legends Juanito and Ramona personified Berni's hallucinatory tablleaux vivants, scenes drawn from the city's sordid underbelly."  Juanito's face is made of corrugated paper and the background includes papers pressed for lead molds for newspaper printing.  The lot has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.  It sold for $100,000.

Camargo

Lot 66, "Relief No. 285," by Sergio Camargo,  oil on wood construction, 58 7/98 by 40 3/4 inches, 1970

Lot 66, "Relief No.285," is an oil on wood construction by Sergio Camargo (1930-1990).  It measures 58 7/8 by 40 3/4 inches.  It has an estimate of $500,000 to $700,000.  It sold for $749,000.


Canyon by Morales

Lot 52, "Cenote, Yucatan, Mexico," by Armando Morales, oil and beeswax on canvas, 63 1/2 by 50 1/2 inches, 1995

Lot 52 is a richly textured oil and beeswax on canvas by Armando Morales (1927-2011) entitled "Cenote, Yucatan, Mexico."  It measures 63 1/2 by 50 1/2 inches and was painted in 1995. It has an estimate of $180,000 to $220,000.  It sold for $209,000.


Slit by Zapata

Lot 167, "Cuna," by Hugo Zapata, carved and polished lutita (shale rock), 36 1/4 inches long, 2006

Lot167 is a very beautiful shale rock sculpture entitled" Cuna" by Hugo Zapata (b. 1945).  It is 36 1/4 inches long and was created in 2006.  It has an estimate of $18,000 to $22,000.  It failed to sell.


St. George

Lot 31, "St. George Slaying the Dragon," left, and "St. Martinof Tours Dividing his Cloak," right, both by an anonymous Peruvian painter, 17th  Century, oil with inlaid mother-of-pearl and shell on panel 24 4/5 inches high

Lot 31 is a pair of oval oil paintings with inlaid mother-of-pearl and shell on panel by an anonymous 17th Century Peruvian artist.  They are 24 4/5 inches high and one depicts "St. George Slaying the Dragon" and the other "St. Martin of Tours Dividing ihis cloak."  The lot has an estimate of $80,000 to  $120,000.  It sold for $245,000.

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