Our era’s increasing embrace of, and demand for, Modern Latin American 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 including Pedro Coronel, Francisco Zúñiga, and Felipe Castañeda, 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 from the Estate of Ruth and Dalzell Hatfield.
A painter who was at odds yet fascinated with his country’s artistic history, Pedro Coronel (1922-1985) blended the shapes and symbols of Mexico’s past with his own abstract study of color. He was associated with the Generación de la Ruptura (The Breakaway Generation), a group of young artists who criticized Mexican muralism in favor of universal painting styles such as Abstract Expressionism and Cubism. Influenced by his Breakaway Generation contemporaries, chiefly his friend Rufino Tamayo, Coronel transitioned from figurative painting to abstract works with indigenous themes, ending his career with a quest for intense color. LAMA will offer Untitled (1981), an exceptional oil on canvas painted four years before his death.
The strong market demand for Modern Latin American art has led Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) to create a special section of more than 50 works in the October 13, 2013 Modern Art & Design Auction devoted to paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture by Latin American modernists. This special section will include works from the Estate of Ruth & Dalzell Hatfield and the Bernard & Edith Lewin Collection of Mexican Art being de-accessioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Continue reading to preview works to go up for auction by Felipe Castañeda, Francisco Zúñiga, Alfredo Ramos Martinez, and Pedro Coronel.