Melián tells A.i.A. Previously, she served as Senior Specialist and Director of the Latin American Art Department at Sotheby's New York, and Director of the Nohra Haime Gallery in New York. Sotheby’s latest move is a recognition of the international appeal that the category has earned since 1979. Sotheby’s has unexpectedly become the most promising possibility for Latin American art in the auction rooms. "Just thinking of what just happened, of $1 billion of art sold in three short days in New York City is quite a phenomenon," said Axel Stein, head of Sotheby's Latin American department. Despite critical oversight, the demand for Botero's work is only growing, says Carmen Melián, director of Sotheby's Latin American department. After the sale, Kristen Hammer of Sotheby's Latin American Art Department said in an interview that the wonderful portrait may have sold for less because it was not signed. So, then what is new and exciting about this move? Every season, our dedicated Latin American Art specialists spearhead a global commitment to maximizing the visibility of the category within our marquee and mid-season New York sales, as well as within our biannual Evening and Day Sales in London, Paris, Milan, and Hong Kong. offers unrivaled expertise on Modern, Contemporary, and Latin American Art. Photo: Courtesy of Sotheby’s The failure to sell these two key works was largely responsible for the total reaching $17.6 million, just a little more than half its $30 million presale estimate. *** In another unexpected development, Russian buyers bought works by Fernando Botero and Wifredo Lam at the Christie’s Latin American sales in New York in 2014. Sotheby’s spring sale of Latin American art with, a special emphasis on landscapes will take place on May 27 and 28. However, it does not represent a complete break. “The Bird Charmer” by Rufino Tamayo was sold for $4.3 million on Thursday at Sotheby’s Latin American art auction in New York. The main auction houses’ quantity-rather-than-quality approach has also punished the category for some time. Axel Stein, Sotheby’s head of department of Latin American Art and senior vice … Receive the best from Sotheby’s delivered to your inbox. The department also hosts a variety of online only auctions and consignments are welcome for all sales on a rolling basis. While at Sotheby’s, Anthony held senior positions in the Print, Latin American and Contemporary Art Departments. We have engaged over 580 bidders from 51 countries to compete for Latin American Art in our Global Fine Art sales. It is a shift from an established practice dating back to the foundation of their Latin American Art Department in 1979. Sotheby's major American Art auctions are held in May and November in New York. The artist who created the piece is unknown. In recent seasons, we have demonstrated key financial advantages to this approach that have consistently achieved exceptional results for our consignors. Lot 8, "Cabeza de Hombre," by David Alfaro Siqueiros, pyroxylin on copper, 14 1/4 by 12 inches, 1935 "Fernando Botero: A Celebration," which went off on the evening of May 25, 2011, featured 21 lots by the 79-year-old Colombian artist. Sultan is known for being a collector of Latin American and contemporary art. **Sotheby’s acknowledged the recent changes in the demographic of buyers of Latin American art in the press releases for May’s Latin American auction sales in 2012. In a 2012 study, I found that the total auction turnovers in 2011 for the markets of Fernando Botero and Gerhard Richter – both born in 1932 and both leading artists in their respective markets – were $17.5 million and $175.7 million, respectively. Finden Sie perfekte Stock-Fotos zum Thema Sothebys Latin American Art Preview sowie redaktionelle Newsbilder von Getty Images. In a long-awaited decision, the auction house announced it will integrate Latin American art into its contemporary auction sales in New York – starting this Autumn. “It’s a magnificent painting from Tamayo’s most important period,” Axel Stein, head of Sotheby’s Latin American Art department, told The Associated Press. Now, Sotheby’s has created the possibility of injecting supply into a drying-out inventory, with art that is heavily supported by museums and institutions and has significant potential to appreciate substantially over time. Artsy presents Sotheby’s: Latin America – Modern Art, featuring exemplary works from the region spanning the first half of the 20th century. The results were 32.8% lower than those of November 2016 and the lowest since the second half of 2012. But, if the “best” lots go to the contemporary art auctions, it may send the signal that the regional sales are more of a second-rate market. Sotheby’s began integrating works from its standalone Latin American sales into other categories, beginning with contemporary art, nearly three years ago. Since the integration of the category, Sotheby’s has continued to offer outstanding paintings, drawings, and sculptures by Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Frida Kahlo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Joaquín Torres-García, Wifredo Lam, Matta, Remedios Varo, Leonora Carrington, Alice Rahon, Francisco Toledo, Fernando Botero, Claudio Bravo, Fernando de Szyszlo, Mario Carreño, Mariano Rodríguez, Armando Reverón, Angel Zárraga,Emilio Pettoruti, Cândido Portinari, Miguel Covarrubias, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jesús Rafael Soto, Antonio Dias, Julio Le Parc, Jorge Eielson, Almir Mavignier, León Ferrari, Sarah Grilo, Oswaldo Guayasamín, Ricardo Martínez, Sandú Darié, Gego, Olga de Amaral, Loló Soldevilla, Mercedes Pardo, Gerd Leufert, Lygia Clark, Mira Schendel, Luis Tomasello, Oswaldo Vigas, and more. Art + Auction. * A further look at the segment of Modern art shows that works by Roberto Matta and Wifredo Lam also realize prices significantly below those of their American and European counterparts at auction. Latin American art has seen significant changes in buyer composition over the past five years. NEW YORK (AP) — "The Bird Charmer" by Rufino Tamayo was sold for $4.3 million on Thursday at Sotheby's Latin American art auction in New York. But tonight, as … August Uribe has been appointed Head of Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Department in New York. Of these bidders, 61% were new bidders to the Latin American Art category. Prices like these would reflect works of inferior quality by artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat or Gerhard Richter. The solution to decreasing rates of unsold inventory is not fuelling the market with more supply and expecting demand to follow. This strategy engages an increasingly broad group of clients, many of whom collect works across categories to add to their collections. The auction calendar in New York has not helped the Latin American market. The house is surely expecting to realize better prices. The region’s art is a relatively affordable alternative, as the top end of the US and European market becomes too pricey. Their aggregated catalogue can easily sum more than 600 lots ranging from modern and contemporary art to colonial painting and furniture. But Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is making one of the most compelling cases so far. Stay informed with Sotheby’s top stories, videos & news. You can unsubscribe from Sotheby’s emails at any time by clicking the “Manage your Subscriptions” link in any of your emails. Every season, our dedicated Latin American Art specialists spearhead a global commitment to maximizing the visibility of the category within our marquee and mid-season New York sales, as well as within our biannual Evening and Day Sales in London, Paris, Milan, and Hong Kong. With one record-breaking session after another, it almost feels like bidders have nothing else left to spend on Latin American art. 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