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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.

Aug 19, 2011

48 hours in Bogota, Colombia

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s capital city lures tourists with its mild year-round weather, booming nightlife and its museums about gold, emeralds and the artist Fernando Botero.

Once sleepy streets buzz with crowds at outdoor tables and modern art graces courtyard cafes.

Aug 19, 2011

Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Bogota, Colombia

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s capital city lures tourists with its mild year-round weather, booming nightlife and its museums about gold, emeralds and the artist Fernando Botero.

Once sleepy streets buzz with crowds at outdoor tables and modern art graces courtyard cafes.

Oct 21, 2010
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Germans atone for Holocaust with “stumble stones”

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(Photo: “Stumble stones” in Berlin’s Wilmersdorf district November 7, 2008/Fabrizio Bensch)

The metal plaques, called Stolpersteine, or “stumble stones,” are set into the ground at my father’s ancestral home in this picturesque village south of Frankfurt.

The squares, 10 cm by 10 cm (4 inches by 4 inches), are barely conspicuous, but the words etched in brass seem to cry out for memory of the home’s last five Jewish inhabitants.

Jun 15, 2010
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Museum exhibit unveils Andy Warhol’s Catholic, abstract side

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(Photo: Andy Warhol’s work “The Last Supper” from 1986/The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts)

As a pop art pioneer, Andy Warhol blazed his way to fame with trademark Brillo soap pad boxes and silk-screens of Campbell’s Soup cans.  But a new museum exhibit shows pop art was just a seven-year phase for Warhol in the 1960s, before his 1980s plunge into abstract art and Christian imagery, particularly his versions of “The Last Supper.”

Flippant, brazen and flamboyant as an art world personality, Warhol long kept private his devout, lifelong Catholicism.

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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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