Tuesday October 21, 2014

Auction Report: Strong Showing by Carreño, Lam, Herrera, and Sánchez

In this week’s Latin American sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s in New York, Cuban works turned in solid results—and a handful did better than that.

Rebel: A Cuban-American Woman in the U.S.Civil War, Part 2

The documentary Rebel, which aired on public television last week, reveals the little-known story of Loreta Janeta Velázquez (1842-c. 1902), the daughter of a wealthy Cuban family who disguised herself as a man and fought in the U.S. Civil War as a Confederate soldier. The film’s director, María Agui Carter, talks about her research for the documentary with Cuban Art News.

Auction Report: Amelia Peláez Sets New Auction Record at Phillips Sale

Cuban art got off to a strong start this evening with the first spring Latin American auction in New York at Phillips. Several works blew past their high estimates, including a record-setting piece by Amelia Peláez.

Rebel: A Cuban-American Woman in the U.S.Civil War

Who was Loreta Janeta Velázquez? In her documentary Rebel, filmmaker María Agui Carter explores the astonishing story of this pampered daughter of a wealthy Cuban family who disguised herself as a man and fought in the American Civil War. Was Loreta a historical figure, or a fictional character? Recent research indicates that she did indeed exist.

Spring Auction Preview

New York’s Latin American auctions kick off this Thursday, May 23, with the 4 p.m. sale at Phillips, followed by Sotheby’s on Tuesday, May 28 and Christie’s on Wednesday, May 29. Cuban art is well represented at all three auction houses. Here are a few of the lots we’ll be watching.
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