Thursday February 22, 2018

Art Market Update: Cuban Art Goes International at Phillips

Acting on last month’s announcement with the upcoming “New Now” sale

Belkis Ayón, My Vernicle o ¿tu amor me condena? (My Vernical or Your Love Condemns Me), 1998

Courtesy Phillips

Late last month, Cuban Art News reported on an announcement by Phillips that the auction house would begin integrating Latin American art into its evening, day, and “New Now” sales.

Yoan Capote, Como los peces (Like Fish), 2000

Courtesy Phillips

With the “New Now” sale of contemporary art scheduled for next Wednesday, February 28, in New York, that plan is already coming into effect.

Los Carpinteros, Sala de Lectura Ovalada (Oval Reading Room), 2011

Courtesy Phllips

The approximately 245 lots on offer include works by some 17 Cuban artists. Most are presented in a special section, “Contemporary Cuba.” 

Carlos Alfonzo, Untitled, 1989

Courtesy Phillips

Artists in the “Contemporary Cuba” section include Belkis Ayón, Carlos Garaicoa, Los Carpinteros, Yoan Capote, and Manuel Mendive.

Armando Mariño, Muerte del yo (The Death of the Ego), 2002

Courtesy Phillips

Marta María Pérez, Armando Mariño, and Sandra Ramos are also represented.

Carlos Garaicoa, Rivoli (The Place where Blood Flows), 2002

Courtesy Phillips

“Contemporary Cuba” includes an untitled work by Antonia Eiríz, c. 1960, similar to the one included in the exhibition Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985, which debuted last year at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and will open this spring at the Brooklyn Museum.

Antonia Eiríz, Untitled, c. 1960

Courtesy Phillips

Beyond Cuba, Latin American artists in the sale include Abraham Cruzvillegas, the duo Os Gêmeos, Jaime Gili, Iván Navarro, and Enoc Pérez.

And beyond Latin America, the roster includes Andy Warhol, Marlene Dumas, Kara Walker, and George Condo, among many others.

Sandra Ramos, La anunciación (The Annunciation), 1993

Courtesy Phillips

As Kaeli Deane, head of Latin American art at Phillips, told Cuban Art News last month, “In today’s world, Latin American artists are part of most major gallery programs, and more and more Latin American artists are being featured with retrospectives at international institutions.”

Manuel Mendive, Untitled, 1987

Courtesy Phillips

And, she added, “We are seeing more and more international collectors focusing their efforts on building well-rounded collections of modern and contemporary art, and in order to do so, it is impossible to overlook Latin America.”

“New Now” takes place next Wednesday, February 28, 11 a.m., at Phillips New York.

Marta Mária Pérez, Ya no hay corazón (Heartless), 1999

Courtesy Phillips