The prestigious autioneers, Christie’s, will present outstanding works by some of the region’s most established and sought after modern and contemporary artists during their much anticipated spring sale of Latin American Art this month. Artworks up for auction include Fernando Botero, Claudio Bravo, Mario Carreño, Matta, Cildo Meireles, Gabriel Orozco, Diego Rivera, Tomás Sánchez, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo, Joaquín Torres-García and Adriana Varejão.
The sale is particularly rich in its selection of works by many surrealist artists, including key examples by several of the European émigré women artists— Remedios Varo, Leonora Carrington, Alice Rahon and Bridget Tichenor—who converged in Mexico City during the 1940s and 50s during a period of great cultural and intellectual flourishing.
Leading Mexican modernists like Rufino Tamayo and Diego Rivera are equally well represented with exceptional works including the monumental Lavanderas con zopilotes by Diego Rivera and the richly chromatic and vibrant Rufino Tamayo’s Mujer con sandías.
Additional highlights include works by leading abstract geometric artists that span the many manifestations of abstraction in Latin America from Edgar Negret’s talismanic steel reliefs or aparatos mágicos and Gego’s brilliant experiments with line and space in her dibujos sin papel to Carmen Herrera’s reductivist approach to color and form in her iconic black and white series.
The auction will take place in the Christie’s Saleroom at Rockefeller Plaza, New York, on May 27th and May 28th.
Days before the auctioneer’s gavel falls on these important works, Christie’s will present the exhibition “Colombia Recounted: A Project of Contemporary Colombian Art” and which opens May 23rd .
Colombia Recounted is the result of a collaboration between the Latin American Painting Department and two external curators, who have worked together to assemble a tight, 14-piece exhibition which offers a nearly perfect portrait of Colombia’s dynamic scene. ‘We would have like to have had a larger group,’ claims the Miami-based, Colombian-born curator Francine Birbragher-Rozencwaig. “We needed to select a group that would best expose the contemporary art practice of Colombia to viewers completely unfamiliar with it, whilst broadening the mindset of those who only know Doris Salcedo or Fernando Botero,” she added, citing two of the country’s best known practitioners.
Colombian artists, Beatríz Gonzalez, Rafael Gómez Barros, Miler Lagos and Luis Fernando Roldán have also been invited to showcase their work at this important exhibition of contemporary Colombian art.