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Christie's New York

7 PM, May 25 and 10 AM, May 26, 2016

Sale 12166


Matta 1

Lot 42, "Tres Personages," by Rufino Tamayo, oil and sand on canvas, 38 1/4 by 51 1/4 inches, 1970

By Carter B. Horsley

The Spring 2016 Latin American Art auctions at Christie's New York are very fine works by Matta, Tamayo, Botero, and Lam and very good works by Nieto, Rivera, Morales, de Amaral and Martinez.

Lot 42 is a great oil and sand on canvas by Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991) entitled "Tres Personages."  It measures 38 1/4 by 51 1/4 inches and was painted in 1970.  It has been widely exhibited and published.

Detail of Matta 1

Detail of Lot 42

The lot has an estimate of $1,500,000 to $2,000,000.  It sold for $1,345,000 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.

The sale total was $24,963,250 with 91.2 percent of the 281 offered lots selling.



Matta grey

Lot 32, "Ecce fuma," by Matta, oil on canvas, 69 1/4 by 82 5/8 inches, 1973

Another Matta is Lot 32, Ecce fuma," an oil on canvas that measures 69 1/4 by 82 5/8 inches.  It was painted in 1973.  It has an estimate of $180,000 to $220,000.  It failed to sell.


Tamayo cover

Lot 18, "Maestros cantores," by Rufino Tamayo, oil on canvas, 33 1/2 by 27 5/8 inches, 1949

The cover illuystration of the catalogue for this auction is Lot 18, "Maestros cantories," by Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991).  An oil on canvas, it measures 33 1/2 by 27 5/8 inches and was painted in 1949.  It has been widely exhibited and published.  It has an estimate of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000.  It sold for $2,165,000.

Tamayo yellow

Lot 22, "Bienvenida," by Rufino Tamayo, oil and sand on canvas, 76 1/4 by 51 inches, 1977

Lot 22 is an oil and sand on canvas by Tamayo entitled "Bienvenida."  It measures 76 1/4 by 51 inches and was painted in 1977.  It is property from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. which has incredibly been deaccessioning fine works by Tamayo for several years.  It has been widely published and exhibited.  It has an estimate of $500,000 to $700,000.  It sold for $545,000.

Tamayo Man in a Landscape

Lot 35, "Man in a Landscape," by Rufino Tamayo, oil on canvasm, 32 by 39 1/4 inches, 1961

Lot 31 is a very good abstract oil on canvas by Tamayo that is entitled "Man in a Landscape."  An oil on canvas, it measures 32 by 39 1/4 inches.  It was painted in 1961.  It has an estimate of $500,000 to $700,000.  It sold for $485,000.


Rivera

Lot 11, "Nina con rebozo," by Diego Rivera, oil on canvas, 32 1/4 25 1/8 inches, 1938

Lot 11 is a fine oil on canvas by Diego Rivera (1886-1957) entitled "Nina con rebozo,"  Ie measures 32 1/4 by 25 1/8 inches and was painted in 1938.  It is property from the collection of Maria and Placido Domingo.  It is the rear cover illustration of the auction's catalogue.  It has an estimate of $1,000,000 to $1,500,000.  It sold for $1,205,000.


Nieto 136

Lot 136, untitled, by Rodolfo Nieto, oil on canvas, 39 by 31 1/2 inches, 1965

Lot 136 is a very striking untitled abstract oil on canvas by Rodolfo Nieto (1936-1985).  It measures 39 by 31 1/2 inches and was painted in 1965.  It has a modest estimate of $12,000 to $18,000.  It sold for $40,000.

Lam grey

Lot 33, "Le Sabbat (Immagine No. 5)," by Wilfredo Lam, oil on canvas, 41 3/8 by 51 1/8 inches, 1964

Lot 33 is a very good abstraction by Wilfredo Lam (1902-1982) entitled "Le Sabbat (Immagine No. 5)."  An oil on canvas, it measures 41 3/8 by 51 1/8 inches and was painted in 1964.  It has been widely exhibited and published.  It has an estimate of $600,000 to $800,000.  It sold for $785,000.


Lam pink

Lot 94, "Personnage," by Wilfredo Lam, oil on canvas, 18 1/8 by 15 inches, 1972

Another Lam is Lot 95, "Personnage," an oil on canvas that measures 18 1/8 by 15 inches.  It was painted in 1972.  It has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.  It sold for $68.750.


Botero outside


Lot 36, "Seated Woman," by Fernando Botero, bronze, 84 inches high, number 3/3, conceived in 2002 and cast in 2004

Lot 36 which was exhibited at the entrance to the auction house is Lot 36, "Seated Woman," by Fernando Botero (b. 1932).  The bronze is 84 inches high and is numbered 3/3.  It was conceived in 2002 and cast two years later.  It is from the Wynn Las Vegas Collection. It has an estimate of $700,000 to $900,000.  It sold $725,00.


Botero lobby

Lot 50, "Reclining figure," by Fernando Botero, bronze, 54 inches long, number 1 of 3, 1985

Lot 50 is a fine bronze of a reclining nude woman by Fernando Botero.  It is 54 inches long and is numbered 1 of 3.  It was created in 1985.  It has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.  It sold for $545,000.


Botero horse

Lot 40, "Rape of Europa," by Fernando Botero, bronze, 40 inches long, number 3 of 6, 2006

Another good Botero bronze is Lot 40, Rape of Europa."  It is 40 inches long and numbered 3 of 6.  It was created in 2006.  It has an estimate of $500,000 to $700,000.  It sold for $629,000.


Amaral

Lots 59 and 60, "Moon Basket 49," and "Moon Basket 50," by Olga de Amaral, linen with silver and gold leaf, 276 1/2 by 88 inches, 1991

Lots 59 and 60, shimmering works on linen with silver and gold leaf by Olga de Amaral, were exhibited in the great staircase hall of Christie's New York.  They each measure 276 1/2 by 88 inches and were created in 1991.  The one of the left is entitled "Moon Basket 49" and the other is entitled "Moon Basket 50."  They each have an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.  Lot 49 sold for $125,000.  Lot 50 sold for $100,000.


Bonevardi197

Lot 197, "Talismanic Object (No. 468)," by Marcelo Bonevardi, arcylic on stitched linen and wood construction with textured substrate, wood assemblage and carvings, 69 by 47 3/4 by 5 inches, 1975

Lot 197 is a very impressive work by Marcelo Bonevardi (1929-1994) entitled "Talismanic Object (No. 468)."  It measures69 by 47 3/4 by 5 inches and was created in 1975.  It has a modest estimate of $12,000 to $18,000.  It sold for $11,875.


Boto 204

Lot 204, untitled, oil on wood, by Martha Boto, 21 1/2 by 18 inches

Lot 204 is a very lyrical and lovely painted oil on wood sculpture in two parts by Martha Boto (1925-2004).  It measures 21 1/2 by 18 inches.  It has an estimate of $12,000 to $18,000.  It sold for $12,500.


Venosa217

Lot 217, untitled, by Angelo Venosa, two units, 2012

One of the auction's handsomest works is Lot 217, a two-part untitled sculpture by Angelo Venosa (b. 1954).  It was created in 2012.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000.  It failed to sell.

Diago 237

Lot 237, untitled, by Juan Roberto Diaggo, oil on canvas collage laid down on canvas, 78 1/2 by 59 inches, 2012

Lot 237 is a very handsome untitled oil on canvas collage by Juan Roberto Diaggo (b. 1971).  It measures 78 1/2 by 59 inches and was painted in 2012.  It has an estimate of $12,000 to $18,000.  It sold for $30,000.


Iturria 231

Lot 231, "Mueble con cucharas," by Ignacio Iturria, oil on canvas, 74 1/8 by 58 1/2 inches, 1991

Lot 231 is a good oil on canvas by Ignacio Iturria (b. 1949) entitled "Mueble con cucharas."  It measures 74 1/8 by 58 1/2 inches and was painted in 1991.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000.  It sold for $32.500.


Fabelo 179

Lot 179, "Ensayos," by Roberto Fabelo, oil on canvas, 21 1/4 by 25 inches, 1991

Lot 179 is a very good oil sketch on canvas by Roberto Fabelo (b. 1950) that is entitled "Ensayos.)  It measures 21 1/4 by 25 inches and was painted in 1991.  It has an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.  It sold for $13,750.



Ruiz 175

Lot 175, "Odontoglossum," by Pedro Ruiz, acrylic on canvas, 51 by 70 1/2 inches

Lot 175 is a striking and large floral painting with a figure by Pedro Ruiz (b. 1957) that is entitled "Ondontoglossum."  An acrylic on canvas, it measures 51 by 70 1/2 inches.  It has an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000.  It sold for $30,000.



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