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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.

Nov 18, 2011

Latam art sales in U.S. have best year since 2008

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Latin American art sales, which totaled nearly $90 million in New York in 2011, scored their best year since the 2008 financial crisis, aided by a boom in Brazilian art and demand from Asia.

The sales at Christie’s and Sotheby’s were second only to the 2008 Latin American market total of $96 million, according to the auction houses.

Nov 17, 2011

Tamayo tops Latam auction, kinetic art sales strong

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rufino Tamayo’s painting “Watermelon Slices” fetched $2.2 million, topping Sotheby’s Latin American sale, which also set auction records for pioneering Venezuelan kinetic artist Carlos Cruz-Diez.

“It was a great night for Rufino Tamayo,” Sotheby’s Latin American art chief Carmen Melian said of the Wednesday evening sale, which totaled $17 million.

Nov 16, 2011

Botero bronze, Brazil artists hit auction records

NEW YORK (Reuters) A towering bronze sculpture by Fernando Botero and works by several Brazilian artists set auction records during Christie’s Latin American sale, the auction house said on Wednesday.

Cast in 2007, Botero’s “Dancers” fetched $1.76 million. Weighing 3,500 pounds (1.6 metric tones) and 10 feet 5 inches tall, it is probably the tallest Botero sculpture ever auctioned, said Virgilio Garza, Christie’s Latin American art chief.

Nov 14, 2011

Botero sculpture, Tamayo painting lead Latam sales

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A towering Fernando Botero sculpture and a painting by Mexican master Rufino Tamayo lead Latin American art auctions this week, which could benefit from strong demand seen in earlier art sales in New York.

Botero’s bronze “Dancers,” which was cast in 2007 and is 10 feet 5 inches tall, could sell for as much as $2 million when it goes under the hammer at Christie’s.

Nov 11, 2011

Diego Rivera murals reunited after 80 years

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Five murals by Mexican artist Diego Rivera will go on display on Sunday in a new exhibit that reunites works that struck a chord across a broad social spectrum when they were unveiled during the Great Depression.

The works, which were first shown in 1931 and 1932, are the highlight of “Diego Rivera, Murals for The Museum of Modern Art,” which runs through May 14.

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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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