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Nov 21, 2012

Botero’s bronze “Horse” top seller at NY Latam art auction

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Colombian artist Fernando Botero’s “Horse” sculpture was the highlight of Christie’s Latin American auction, which also set a record for Cuban-born artist Tomas Sanchez.

Botero’s 1999 bronze work with dark brown patina, fetched $938,500 at the sale late on Tuesday and Sanchez’s 2005 acrylic on canvas “Buscador de Paisajes,” (Landscape Searcher), sold for $626,500, Christie’s said.

Nov 20, 2012

Chile, Mexico artists lead Latin American art sale in New York

NEW YORK, Nov 20 (Reuters) – A rare, life-size, anonymous
portrait of Aztec emperor Moctezuma II and a ground-breaking
surrealist painting by Chilean artist Roberto Matta were among
the top-selling works at a Latin American art auction at
Sotheby’s.

The Monday evening sale also set records, at prices above $1
million each, for Mexican landscape artist Gerardo Murillo,
Chilean Claudio Bravo and pioneering Venezuelan kinetic sculptor
Jesus Rafael Soto.

Nov 16, 2012

Surrealist, Mexican works poised to lead NY Latin American art auctions

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A rare, life-size, anonymous portrait of Aztec emperor Moctezuma II and a ground-breaking surrealist painting by Chilean artist Roberto Matta are among the top lots in Latin American art auctions next week in New York.

Art experts hope that record sales of post-war and contemporary art this week will have a spillover effect and fuel demand for Latin American art during three days of sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

Nov 16, 2012

Surrealist, Mexican works poised to lead NY Latam art auctions

NEW YORK, Nov 16 (Reuters) – A rare, life-size, anonymous
portrait of Aztec emperor Moctezuma II and a ground-breaking
surrealist painting by Chilean artist Roberto Matta are among
the top lots in Latin American art auctions next week in New
York.

Art experts hope that record sales of post-war and
contemporary art this week will have a spillover effect and
fuel demand for Latin American art during three days of sales at
Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

Jun 1, 2012

Chile, Peru best poised to ride out slowdown: Fitch

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Chile and Peru are best positioned in Latin America to withstand a downturn in the global economy and a drop in commodity prices, while Argentina and Venezuela are the most vulnerable to any turmoil, a senior official from Fitch Ratings said on Friday.

Both Chile and Peru have large rainy-day funds and their government debt is a relatively small fraction of their economic output at about 20 percent or less, Shelly Shetty, head of the sovereign ratings for Latin America, told the Reuters Latin America Investment Summit in New York.

May 24, 2012

Cuban surrealist Lam painting tops Latam art sale

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A painting by Cuban surrealist Wifredo Lam, named for an African Yoruba goddess also worshipped in the Caribbean, led Sotheby’s strongest Latin American evening art sale ever on Wednesday night.

Setting an auction record for Lam, the 1944 “Ídolo (Oya/Divinité de l’Air et de la mort),” fetched $4.56 million from a South American collector, more than doubling the late artist’s previous top market price.

May 23, 2012

Painting by Chile’s Matta tops Latin American art sale

NEW YORK, May 22 (Reuters) – Chilean artist Roberto Matta’s
“La revolte des contraires” led Christie’s Latin American art
auction on Tuesday, selling for $5 million and setting a record
for the artist viewed as a seminal figure bridging surrealism
and abstract expressionism.

“It is a long overdue recognition for the artist, who is one
of the most influential artists of the 20th century,” said
Virgilio Garza, Christie’s Latin American art chief.

May 21, 2012

Diego Rivera poised to top NY Latam art auctions

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Diego Rivera portrait of a 10-year old girl, her head cocked and gaze wary, is expected to top this week’s Latin American art auctions, where surrealist-tinged works by other artists are also primed to do well.

Rivera’s 1939 “Niña En Azul y Blanco” (Girl in Blue and White), which portrays the girl in indigenous dress enveloped by an oversized shawl, could sell for up to $6 million at Sotheby’s.

Jan 16, 2012

Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Quito, Ecuador

By Walker Simon

(Reuters) – Perched 9,350 feet above sea level, Quito is a gateway to sweeping Andean panoramas and a UNESCO world heritage monument.

The centre of the capital of Ecuador, which takes its name from the nearby equatorial line, is a living museum of Spanish colonial architecture, freshened by over $300 million in recent restorations.

Jan 9, 2012

Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Caracas

By Walker Simon

(Reuters) – Caribbean heat mingles with Andean cool in Caracas, which is nestled against a verdant mountain range, cresting at over 9,000 feet (2,765 metres).

Languidly tropical by day, the Venezuelan capital’s climate turns brisk after sundown. The perfume of the lush greenery infuses the evening breeze, encouraging outdoor dining.

    • About Walker

      "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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