Latin America: A Theme Auction

Phillips De Pury & Company, New York. October 3rd, 2009.

Phillips de Pury & Company presents Latin America, a theme auction offering a cross section of quality works of contemporary art, design and photographs for sale on October 3rd at the company’s Chelsea galleries in New York. Latin America will compose a survey of work by established and emerging artists which are inspired by, reflect on and embody the spirit of the region and the culture of Latin America. A new innovative catalogue in the form of an art and lifestyle magazine has been developed to accompany these sales and will include interviews with key art world figures such as artists, curators and collectors. The Latin America issue will feature editorials with Vik Muniz and Tiqui Atencio.

Contemporary highlights include the illuminatingly abstraction by Jorge Pardo’s Untitled #6, 2002, estimated between $25,000 – 35,000. Additional highlights include Tunga’s Exogenous Axis, 2000. Estimated between $40,000 – 60,000, Tunga’s work powerfully stands out as a transformative aesthetic representation of the female form. Candida Höfer’s Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, 2006, estimated between $60,000 – 80,000, is a detailed architectural perspective of a stacked, vacant Buenos Aires library. In addition, Roberto Matta’s Antropopus, 1971, estimated between $40,000 – 60,000, showcases a stylized sense of space through a diffused compositional landscape. Vik Muniz’s Maria Callas (Diamond Divas), 2004, estimated between $70,000 – 90,000 is a sparkling color photograph employing Muniz’s signature manipulation of material through illusionary appropriation. This session will also include Rufino Tamayo’s Mujer en un interior estimated between $400,000 – 500,000; and José Clemente Orozco’s Naturaleza Muerta (Autorretrato) estimated between $300,000 – 400,000. Phillips de Pury & Company’s Latin America sale will present select design works by mid-century craftsmen as well as contemporary stars from Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba, and the United States. Designers to be offered include postwar masters Oscar Niemeyer, Sergio Rodrigues, Joaquim Tenreiro, José Zanine Caldas, Jorge Zalszupin, as well as contemporary stars Fernando & Humberto Campana, Hugo França and Julia Krantz. Among the highlights of Brazilian design is a working prototype dining table by Pritzker Prize laureate Oscar Niemeyer, a giant of 20th century architecture. The table, built in 1990 from stainless steel, wood and glass, will be offered with an estimate between $25,000 – 35,000.

Photography highlights include Nickolas Muray’s arresting color photograph, Frida Kahlo on Bench, ca. 1938 estimated between $10,000- 15,000. This image has become one of the most iconic photographs of Kahlo capturing her traditional Mexican dress and unique style while further demonstrating Muray’s pioneering use of color photography. Kahlo is the subject of other works to be offered by photographers Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Héctor Garcia and Juan Guzman. Other highlights include a broad selection of works by Latin American photographers or themed works by artists Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Edward Weston, Tina Modotti and Henri Cartier-Bresson and contemporary works by Luis González Palma, Vik Muniz, Andres Serrano, Michael Eastman and Simon Norfolk. Additionally, Robert Frank’s Peru, 1948, will be offered at an estimated $15,000 – 25,000. Contemporary Editions highlights Beatriz Milhazes’ As Irmas (The Sisters), 2003 a colorful screenprint of a whimsically hued flowering formation, estimated between $14,000 – 18,000. Other Modern and Contemporary Editions highlights include works by Jorge Pardo, Guillermo Kuitca, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Rufino Tamayo and Roberto Matta. Asserting the continuous growth of Latin American art, Phillips de Pury & Company is proud to announce this inaugural sale, which reflects on past generations and comments on the direction of this highly influential region.

Phillips De Pury & Company
450 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011

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