Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Latin American Modern Art

October 11, 2013

Our era’s increasing embrace of, and demand for, Latin American Modern art has inspired LAMA to create a special section of more than 50 Latin American works for Sunday’s auction. Devoted to paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture by Latin American modernists, this exquisite sampling offers the collector a unique opportunity to acquire works from the Bernard and Edith Lewin Collection of Mexican Art being sold by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to benefit future acquisitions, as well as items items from the Estate of Ruth and Dalzell Hatfield.

Detail of Mujer Envuelta con Rebozo (1978), Francisco Zúñiga

LAMA’s grouping of Latin American works includes such gems as Felipe Castañeda’s Mother and Child (Lot 82), an ethereal and suggestive sculpture in pink marble, with the child being cradled alternately in his mother’s arms or his mother’s womb, depending on the mind’s eye.

Mother and Child (c. 1975), Felipe Castañeda

In 1997, Bernard and Edith Lewin donated their vast anthology of works by important Mexican modernists to LACMA – a gift that transformed its Latin American collection into one of the best in the country. Also from the Lewin Collection are several affordable works by Vladimir Cora (Lot 101), Jorge Ochoa (Lots 106-108), and other fine works from artists that offer a modern take on traditional Mexican scenes and stylistic approaches.

Still Life With Bottles (4) (c. 1990), Vladimir Cora,
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

In addition to the LACMA-related items, our Latin American Collection also boasts Pedro Coronel’s hypnotic Untitled from 1981 (Lot 92), about which we wrote extensively for a previous blog. As beautiful as this oil on canvas is on the page and on the screen, it is one of those works that must be seen in person to truly apprehend. Masterly employing variations on all manners of hot and cool pink, and perfectly offset by the rich cinnamon background, the result soothes the eye while firing the soul.

Untitled (1981), Pedro Coronel

While we’ve already shared with you our thoughts about Francisco Zúñiga’s haunting bronze sculpture, Mujer Envuelta Con Rebozo (Lot 79), Sunday’s auction also includes Zúñiga’s delicate drawing Desnudo Sentado from 1969 (Lot 80), as well as 20 beautiful lithographs entitled 20 Dibujos (Lot 81) from 1974.

Desnudo Sentado (1969), Francisco Zúñiga

20 Dibujos (20) (1964), Francisco Zúñiga

LAMA is proud to share this rich sampler of the endlessly varied and ever-expanding world that is Latin American Art. Please join us to see it in person via our preview, open 10-6 from now through Saturday, and of course make sure to attend Sunday’s noon auction, whether online, on the phone, or in person.

Lot Information:

Lot 79
Francisco Zúñiga
Mujer Envuelta con Rebozo
#3 of 3
Incised signature “ZUNIGA” with date and edition in Roman numerals
LAMA would like to thank the Fundacion Zúñiga for their assistance in cataloguing this work
Together with Francisco Zúñiga catalogue raisonné of sculpture volume I
17.5″ x 12″ x 19″
Literature: Zúñiga, Francisco. Francisco Zúñiga: Catalogo Razonado I Escultura, 1923-1993. Mexico: Albedrio, En Acociacion Con Fundacion Zúñiga Laborde, 1999. p 480, #825.
Estimate: $18,000 – 25,000

Lot 80
Francisco Zúñiga
Desnudo Sentado
Crayon and pastel on paper
Signed and dated in pencil “Zúñiga 1969″ lower right; retains La Galeria Altavista 120-3, San Angel label verso
Sheet: 25.5″ x 19.75″; Frame: 38.25″ x 32.5”
Illustrated: Zúñiga, Ariel. Francisco Zúñiga: Catalogue Raisonne of Drawings, 1927-1970. Vol. III. Mexico: Albedrio and Fundacion Zúñiga Laborde, AC, 2006. #1619.
Estimate: $8,000 – 12,000

Lot 81
Francisco Zúñiga
20 Dibujos (20)
Published by Galeria de Arte Misrachi, Mexico; printed by Litografos Unidos, S.A., Mexico
Suite of offset lithographs on Grand Aigle Lavis Canson paper in clamshell case
From the edition of 2000
Each print with signature and date in plate
9 prints framed, 11 unframed
Each sheet: 18″ x 25″ (or 25″ x 18″)
Estimate: $5,000 – 7,000

Lot 82
Felipe Castañeda
Mother and Child
c. 1975
Mexican pink onyx
Sculpture: 15″ x 12″ 7.5″; With base: 17″ x 14″ x 9.5″
Estimate: $5,000 – 7,000

Lot 101
Vladimir Cora
Still Life With Bottles (4)
c. 1990
Color Mixograph on handmade paper
Artist’s proof
Each signed in pencil lower right; “P/A” inscribed lower left
Each image: 27″ x 39″; Each sheet: 30″ x 42″
Estimate: $1,500 – 2,000

Lot 104
Leonardo Nierman
Acrylic on panel
Signed lower left; signed, titled, and dated verso
Image/Panel: 78.75″ x 78.75″
Estimate: $5,000 – 7,000

Lot 92
Pedro Coronel
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated “Pedro Coronel Paris 81″ verso
Canvas: 47.25″ x 47.5″; Frame: 59.75″ x 59.75”
Provenance: Private Collection, Coronado, California; Private Collection, California (acquired directly from the above, 2013)
Literature: Pedro Coronel: Retrospectiva. Mexico City: Museo de Arte Moderno. pp 110-115 (for similar examples from this period).
Estimate: $150,000 – 200,000

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