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7 PM, May 26, 2015 and 10 AM, May 27, 2015

Sale 9428

Torres-Garcia 47


Lot 47, "Grafisme en Noir et Rouge," by Joaquin Torres-Garcia, oil on canvas, 29 1/2 by 22 inches

By Carter B. Horsley

The Latin American Modern & Contemporary Art auction at Sotheby's New York November 19 & 20, 2015 is highlighted by excellent works by Torres-Garcia, Bonevardi, Dariť, Ferrari, Goeritz, Leufert, Scheindel, and Vigas.

The star of the auction is Lot 47, "Grafisme en Noir et Rouge," by Joaquin Torres-Garcia (1874-1949), an oil on canvas that measures 29 1/2 by 22 inches.  The catalogue entry notes that in 1948 Clement Greenberg wrote about a new pictorial polyphony," an "all-over" uniformity and among the artists who created this development were Torres-Garcia, "Jean Dubuffet, Mark Tobey and Jackson Pollock."  The lot has an estimate of $1,000,000 to $1,500,000.  It failed to sell.

Torres-Garcia 51

Lot  51, "Rue (Figures dans une structure)," by Joaquin Torres-Garcia, oil on cement composite board, 20 1/8 by 16 1/8 inches

Another Torres-Garcia, one that is more colorful, is Lot 51, "Rue (Figues dans une structure)."  An oil on cement composite board, it measures 20 1/8 by 16 1/8 inches.  It has an estimate of $180,000 to $220,000.  It sold for $322,000 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.

Vigas 150

Lot 150, "Belisama," by Oswaldo Vigas, oil on canvas, 41 1/4 by 43 1/2 inches, circa 1970

A more colorful and curvilinear abstract work is Lot 150, "Belisama," by Oswaldo Vigas (1926-2014).  An oil on canvas, it measures 41 1/4 by 43 1/2 inches and was painted circa 1970.  It has an estimate of 40,000 to $60,000.  It sold for $112,500.

Leufert 60

Lot 60, "Listonado," by Gerd Leufert, painted wood, 41 1/8 by 29 by 5 7/8 inches, circa 1970

Lot 60 is an extremely attractive painted wood sculpture by Gerd Leufert (1914-1998) entitled "Listonado."  It measures 41 1/8 by 29 by 5 7/8 inches and was created circa 1970.  It has an estimate of $70,000 to $90,000.  It sold for $87,500.

Gerszo 144

Lot 144, "Paisaje azul," by Gunther Gerzso, oil on canvas, 18 by 21 3/8 inches

Lot 144 is a good abstract oil on canvas by Gunther Gerzso (1915-2000).  Entitled "Paisaje azul," it measures 18 by 21 3/8 inches.  It has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.  It sold for $75,000.


Gerszo 156

Lot 156, "Tiger-Tree-Game," by Gunther Gerzso, oil on masonite, 23 5/8 by 17 by 5/8 inches, 1957

Lot 156 is a very atypical but quite striking oil on masonite by Gerszo entitled "Tiger-Tree-Game."  It measures 23 5/8 by 17 5/8 inches and was painted in 1957.  It was once owned by Leigh Bloch of Chicago.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000.  It failed to sell.

soldevilla 143

Lot 143, "Sol y luna," by Lolo Soldevilla, metal and wood construction, 30 7/8 inches high, 1954

Lot 143 is an attractive metal and wood construction entitled "Sol y luna" by Lolo Soldevilla (1901-1971).  It is 30 7/8 inches high and was created in 1954.  It has an estimate of $35,000 to $45,000.  It sold for $43,750.


goeritz  57

Lot 57, "El Animal del Pedregal," by Mathias Goeritz, carved wood, 43 1/4 inches long, circa 1951

Lot 57 is a striking carved wood sculpture entitled "El Animal del Pedregal" by Mathias Goeritz (1915-1990).  It is 43 1/4 inches long and was carved circa 1951.  It was commissioned by Luis Barragan for a residential development.  It has an estimate of $80,000 to $100,000.  It sold for $100,000.


Bonevardi 53

Lot 53, "The Supreme Instrument," by Marcelo Bonevardi, wood, twine and oil on canvas construction, 70 by 85 1/2 inches, 1965

Lot 53 is a very fine construction collage by Marcelo Bonevardi (1929-1994) entitled "The Supreme Instrument."  It measres 70 by 85 1/2 inches and was created in 1965.  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $50,000.  It sold for $47,500.

Conalpuy  170

Lot 170, "Universe II," by Julio Alpuy, painted wood carving, 18 3/4 bu 17 7/8 inches, 1964

Lot 170 is a very fine painted wood carving by Julio Alpuy (1919-2009) entitled "Universe II.)  It measures 18 3/4 by 17 7/8 inches and was created in 1964.  It has an estimate of $7,000 to $9,000.  It failed to sell.

eielson  140

Lot 140, "Quipus 44-B," by Jorge Eduardo Eielson, mixed media on canvas, 29 by 27 1/2 inches, 2002

Lot 140 is a very sensus mixed media on canvas by Jorge Eduardo Eielson (1924-2006).  It is entitled "Quipus 44-B" and measures 29 by 27 1/2 inches.  It was created in 2002.  It has an estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.  It sold for $28,750.


Mendive  180

Lot 183, "De la serie energias vitales," by Manuel Mendive, mixed media and enameed shellls on painted metal, 87 inches high, 2010

Lot 183 is a mixed media and enameled shells on painted metal scupture by Manuel Mendive (b. 1944) entitled "De la serie energias vitales." It is 87 inches high and was created in 2010.  It has an estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.  It sold for $100,000.

Darie  41

Lot 41, "Untitled," by Sandu Dariť, painted wood assemblage, 53 1/8 by 47 1/4 inches, circa 1950

Lot 41 is a very attractive painted wood assemblage in four parts by Sandu Dariť (1908-1991) that was created circa 1950.  The overall dimensions are 53 1/8 by 47 1/4 inches.  It has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.  It sold for $125,000.


Ferrari 59

Lot 59, "Luna," by Leon Ferrari, stainless steel, 39 3/8 inches in diameterm 2006

Lot 59 is a lacy and delicate sphere of stainless steel, 39 3/8 inches in diameter, by Leon Ferrari (b. 1920).  It was created in 2006 and is entitled "Luna."  It is the cover illustration of the auction catalogue.  It has an estimate of $125,000 to $175,000.  It sold for $168,750.


Scheindel  193

Lot 193, "Monotopia," by Mira Schendel, "ink on Japanese paper, 18 1/4 by 9 inches, 1963

Lot 193 is a beautiful ink on Japanese paper by Mira Schendel (1919-1988).  It is entitled "Monotopia" and measures 18 1/4 by 9 inches and was drawn in 1963.  It has an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.  It failed to sell.

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