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Nov 25, 2014

Mexican surrealists top Latin American auction, Botero sets record

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mexican surrealists Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington led Sotheby’s Latin American art sale, which set auction records for 12 artists from the region.

Varo’s 1960 “Hacia la Torre,” (Towards the Tower) fetched $4.31 million and Carrington’s 1945 “The Temptation of Saint Anthony” sold for $2.63 million in the Monday evening sale in New York.

Nov 25, 2014

Mexican surrealists Varo, Carrington lead Latin America art sale

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mexican surrealists Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington led Sotheby’s Latin American art sale, which set auction records for 12 artists from the region.

Varo’s 1960 “Hacia la Torre,” (Towards the Tower) fetched $4.31 million and Carrington’s 1945 “The Temptation of Saint Anthony” sold for $2.63 million in the Monday evening sale in New York.

Oct 2, 2014

Houston art exhibit showcases Gandhi and history of nonviolence

HOUSTON (Reuters) – A hollowed-out handgun becomes a first-aid kit for gunshot victims. Fragments from the feet of Buddha statues stand near a painting of ghostly dancers entitled “Hiroshima.” Photographs of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi hang by images of Nobel Peace Prize winners he inspired.

The Menil Collection, an art museum in Houston, has put together a thought-provoking exhibit inspired by Gandhi and the history of nonviolence. It pits peaceful images against works of art depicting violence.

Aug 15, 2014

Trip Tips: Latin Americans infuse New York with Hispanic culture

NEW YORK, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Newcomers from Mexico and
Central and South America are streaming into New York City in
greater numbers, joining the long-standing communities of Puerto
Ricans and Dominicans and enriching the chorus of Latin voices
in the Big Apple.

Spanish is now spoken in nearly a quarter of New York homes
and the variety of accents is growing, along with the variety of
regional cultures.

May 29, 2014

Botero, Torres-Garcia paintings lead Latin American art sales in NY

NEW YORK, May 29 (Reuters) – A family portrait by Colombian
artist Fernando Botero and works by Uruguayan artist Joaquin
Torres-Garcia and Brazilian sculptress Lygia Clark led Latin
American art auctions in New York.

Christie’s sold a total of $17.6 million and Sotheby’s $15.1
million in the sales Wednesday, which also set an auction record
for Ernesto Icaza, a turn-of-the-century Mexican painter.

May 23, 2014

Corrected – Latin American art sales in NY feature Botero, Matta paintings

NEW YORK (Reuters) – (In final paragraph, corrects Sotheby’s anticipated sales to $17 million to $26 million, not $43 million)

A family portrait by Colombian artist Fernando Botero and a depiction of psychological turmoil by Chilean painter Roberto Matta are expected to be the highlights of Latin American art sales in New York next week.

May 23, 2014

Latin American art sales in NY feature Botero, Matta paintings

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A family portrait by Colombian artist Fernando Botero and a depiction of psychological turmoil by Chilean painter Roberto Matta are expected to be the highlights of Latin American art sales in New York next week.

Botero’s 1969 “Man Going to Work” is the top lot in Christie’s line-up for its Wednesday sale, with a pre-sale estimate of up to $1.8 million. Matta’s “Morphologie Psychologique” could fetch up to $3.5 million at Sotheby’s two-day auction on Wednesday and Thursday.

Nov 22, 2013

Brazilian works fetch top prices at N.Y. Latam art auctions

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A triangulated aluminum sculpture by Brazilian artist Lygia Clark that sold for $1.8 million at Phillips’ Latin American auction, capped a week of regional art sales in New York in which Brazilian works commanded the top prices.

Clark’s 1960 “Bicho Invertebrado” (Invertebrate Animal) was the top item in the evening auction on Thursday, which brought in $6 million.

Nov 21, 2013

Wooden mazes by Brazil’s Camargo top Sotheby’s Latin American sale

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Red and white wooden mazes sculpted by Brazilian artist Sergio Camargo topped Sotheby’s Latin American art sale in New York on Wednesday, selling for $2.1 million and setting a record for the artist.

Camargo’s 1964 “Untitled (Relief No. 21/52),” a labyrinth of white cylinders with their tips slanting in different directions, fetched more than five times its pre-sale low estimate.

Nov 20, 2013

Tamayo portrait, Brazil abstract art top Latin American art sale

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo’s “Women Reaching for the Moon” fetched $1.4 million and was the top selling work in Christie’s Latin American art auction in New York, where contemporary Brazilian abstract artists also made a strong showing.

The Tuesday evening sale brought in $14.5 million, with 85 percent of the art works sold, and there was high demand for contemporary and modern artists, said Virgilio Garza, the head of Latin American art at Christie’s.

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      "Walker Simon is a desk editor in New York specializing in emerging markets, particularly Latin America, where he was a long-time correspondent. Raised in Mexico, he joined Reuters in Mexico City and was posted to Lima, Caracas and finally Bogota, where he was the Andean bureau chief. Beyond the region, he has a wider geographic interest, whetted by knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese, German, French and Russian. Apart from editing, Walker writes frequently for the Reuters news service."
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