Friday February 27, 2015

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.

At Factoría Habana, Artists Respond to Urban Change

“El ardid de los inocentes” (The Cunning of the Innocents) presents the work of eight artists who explore the subversive, at times paradoxical, nature of change in the urban environment.

Bookshelf: Photography, Art, Architecture, E-Books, and an Interview

Recent publications, a few familiar names and faces, and news of interest, including an interview with Teresita Fernández, first published in a 2010 book and now online.
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