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Christie's New York

5 PM, November 22 and 10 AM, November 23, 2016

Sale 12127

Tamayo  31


Lot 31, "Nino en la ventana," by Rufino Tamayo, oil on canvas, 19 by 26 inches, 1963

By Carter B. Horsley

The Fall 2016 Latin American Art auction at Christie's New York has some very fine works by Matta, Tamayo, Botero, Torres-Garcia, Atchugarry, and Lam and very good works by Nieto, Rivera, Muniz, Reveron, Marinez and Rivera.

Lot 31 is a good oil on canvas by Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) entitled "Nina en la ventana."  It measures 19 by 26 inches and was painted in 1963.  It was included in Emily Genauer's 1973 book on the artist and numerous other publications and was exhibited at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence in 1975.  It is property from the Lewin Family Collection. It has a modest estimate of $180,000 to $220,000.  It sold for $331,500 including in the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.

The sale total was $22,761,500 with only 63.4 percent of the offered lots selling.

Tamayo 34

Lot 34, "Cara azul," by Rufino Tamayo, oil on canvas,12 by 18 inches, 1973

Another smaller Tamayo from the same collection is Lot 34, "Cara azul," an oil on canvas that measures12 by 18 inches and was painted in 1973.   It has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.  It sold for $223,500.


Tamayo 30

Lot 30, "Sandias," by Rufino Tamayo, oil on canvas, 31 1/2 by 39 1/4 inches, 1969

A large oil on canvas by Tamayo, also from the same collection, is Lot 30, "Sandias."  It measures 31 1/2 by 39 1/4 inches and was painted in 1969.  Watermelons were a popular subject for the artist and one his paintings of them is the cover illustration for this season's Latin American Modern Art catalogue at Sotheby's.  This lot has an estimate of $1,200,000 to $1,800,000.  It sold for $2,167,000, the highest price of the auction.  The one being offered at Sotheby's is a better picture and was once owned by Audrey Hepburn, but has the same estimate and dimensions as this lot but was painted in 1957.

Tamayo 21

Lot 21, "Tierra quemada," by Rufino Tamayo, oil and sand on canvas, 31 5/8 by 39 1/2 inches, 1951

Lot 21 is a very good oil and sand on canvas by Tamayo from 1951 a year after he had a one-man show at the Venice Bienniale.  It is entitled "Tierra quemada."  It measures 31 5/8 by 39 1/2 inches.  It is property of Placido and Martha Domingo. It was once with Knoedler Galleries and has been widely published.  It has an estimate of $500,000 to $700,000.  It failed to sell.


Siquieros 22

Lot 22, "La Conesa," by David Alfaro Siqueiros, pyroxilin on masonite, 48 by 67 inches, 1958

Lot 22 is another property of the Domingos and is an excellent and large pyroxilin on masonite by David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974).  Entitled "La Conesa," it measures 48 by 67 inchess and was painted in 1958.  The catalogue notes that this work is "an important study for a major mural project now at the National Museum of History in Mexico City.  "La Conesa," or "the White Kitten," as was known was a celebrated performer.  The lot has a modest estimate of $150,000 to $200,000.  It sold for $343,500.


Torres-Garcia 12

Lot 12, "Port of New York," by Joaquin Torres-Garcia, oil on cardboard, 22 by 31 1/2 inches, 1923

Lot 12 is a fine oilon cardboard by Joaquin Torres-Garcia (1874-1949) of "The Port of New York."  It measures 22 by 31 1/2 inches and was painted in 1923.  Shortly after his arrival in New York in 1920, the artist noted that "the huge city, seen from the Brooklyn Bridge is imconceivably famtastc, at night it shines like golden embers," adding that "Broadway is a party of lights, each night billboard signs screaming, competing, with each other.  This is a new crazy beauty."  The lot has a modest estimate of $300,000 to $400,000.  It sold for $775,000.


Lam 16

Lot 16, "Untitled," by Wilfredo Lam, oil on canvas, 19 3/4 by 27 3/8 inches, 1967

Lot 16 is a very good, untitled oil on canvas by Wilfredo Lam (1902-1982).  It measures 19 3/4 by 27 3/8 inches and was painted in 1967.  It has an modest estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.  It sold for $112,500.


Lam 109

Lot 109, "Untitled," by Wilfredo Lam, oil on canvas, 27 1/2 by 20 inches, 1973


Another untitled oil on canvas by Lam is Lot 109.  It measures 27 1/2  by 20 inches and was painted in 1973.  It has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.  It sold for $93,750.

Botero 14

Lot 114, "Untitled (Female Skeleton)," by Fernando Botero,  watercolor on paper laid down on canvas, 69 by 41 3/4 inches, 1980

Lot 114 is a wonderful, very large watercolor on paper laid down on canvas by Fernando Botero (b. 1932) entitled "Untitled (Female Skeleton).  It measures 69 by 41 3/4 inches and was painted in 1980.  It has an modest estimate of $140,000 to $180,000.  It failed to sell.


Botero 116

Lot 118, "Dancers," by Botero, oil on canvas, 19 3/8 by 14 inches, 2003

Lot 118 is a good small oil on canvas by Botero that measures 19 3/8 by 14 inches and was painted in 2003. It is titled "Dancers."  It had an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.  It sold for $343,500.

Martinez 28

Lot 28, "Flores tropicales," by Alfredo Ramos Martinez, tempera and Conte crayon on cardboard, 23 1/2 by 34 inches

Lot 28 is a lovely tempera and Conte crayon on cardboard by Alfredo Ramos Martinez (1871-1946).  Entitled "Flores tropicales," it measures 23 1/2 by 34 inches.  It has an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.  It sold for $118,750.


Iturria  216


Lot 216, "Destrozo de monstruous," by Ignacio Iturria, oil on canvas, 37 3/4 by 52 inches, 1994

Lot 216 is a large and amusting oil on canvas entitled "Destrozo de monstruous" by Ignacio Iturria (b. 1949).  It measures 37 3/4 by 52 inches and was painted in 1994.  It has an estimate of $25,000 to $30,000.  It failed to sell.

Atchucarry  7

Lot 7, "Untitled," by Pablo Atchugarry, marble, 74 1/8 inches high, 2015

Lot 7 is a very beautiful, abstract, untitled marble sculpture by Pablo Atchugarry (b. 1954).  It is 74 1/8 inches high and was made in 2015.  It has an estimate of $150,000 to $200,000.  It sold for $439,500, a world auction record for the artist.


Rivera

Lot 146, "Untitled (Stone Workers)," by Diego Rivera, watercolor and india ink on paper, 15 3/4 by 11 5/8 inches, 1943

Lot 146 is a very good watercolor and india ink on paper by Diego Rivera (1886-1957) entitled "Untitled (Stone Workers)."  It measures 15 3/4 by 11 5/8 inches and was created in 1943.  It has an estimate of $35,000 to $45,000.  It sold for $50,000.


Muniz

Lot 72, "WWW (World Map, Pictures of Junk)," by Vic Muniz, digital photogenicprint, artist's proof four of four, triptych, each panel 104 1/4 by 71 inches, 2008


Lot 72 is a large and impressive triptych by Vic Muniz (b. 1961) entitled "WWW (World Map, Pictures of Junk)."  It is an artist's proof, four of four, of a digital photogenic print and each panel measures 104 1/4 by 71 inches.  It was created in 2008.  It has an modest estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.  It failed to sell.

Nieto

Lot 177, three oil, ink and collage on canvases, by Rodolfo Nieto, 1966

Lot 177 is a group of three oil, ink and collage canvases by Rodolfo Nieto (1936-1985).  Two are of equal size and one is large and all were created in 1966.  The lot has an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.  It sold for $21,250.


Reveron 11


Lot 11, "Cocoteros en la playa, Macuto," by Armando Reveron, oil on burlap, 21 1/4 by 25 inches, 1940


Lot 11 is a very poetic, sepia-like landscape by Armando Reveron (1899-1954) entitled "Cocoteros en la playa."  An oil on burlap, it measures 21 1/4 by 25 inches and was painted in 1940.  It has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.  It sold for $137,500.

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