Last summer, Sotheby’s announced that it was incorporating contemporary Latin American art into its mainstream sales. As the auction season begins, we follow up with a look at Cuban lots in next week’s contemporary auctions, and highlight the Cuban lots to watch in Christie’s online Latin American Art sale.
In the contemporary sales, star billing goes to Carmen Herrera, whose 1956 canvas Untitled (Orange and Black) is Lot 33 in the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale at Phillips (Thursday, November 16, 5 p.m.). Estimated at $700,000 to $1 million, it could go higher.
Herrera set a record at auction in the 2016 fall sales, which saw her 1965 canvas Cerulean reach $970,000.
Other Cuban artists to watch in the mainstream contemporary sales include Loló Soldevilla and Sandú Darié, with works in the morning session of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day Auction (Friday, November 17, 9:30 a.m.). The Soldevilla (Lot 262) is estimated at $40,000 to $60,000; the Darie (Lot 263) is $60,000–$80,000.
$40,000–$60,000 is also the estimate range for Untitled (Glass on Body Imprints), a suite of editioned photographs by Ana Mendieta. A set of these works is currently on view in New York at the Met Breuer, in the exhibition Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950–1980.
Attractive Online Estimates
Carrying attractive lower estimates, Christie’s online Latin American Art sale features more than a dozen lots by Cuban artists, including Carlos Enríquez, Antonio Gattorno, Teresita Fernández, Roberto Fabelo, and Manuel Mendive.
Lot 15, a Carlos Enríquez Nude, ink on heavy paper, is well estimated at $15,000–$20,000. So are Lots 16 and 17—an Untitled oil portrait by Victor Manuel ($12,000–$18,000) and Female Nude Study, Paris, a drawing by Antonio Gattorno estimated at $4,000–$6,000. This work was chosen by Ernest Hemingway to be included in his book on Gattorno.
Two watercolors by Armando Mariño, Exiled and Flying Men (Colonial Heritage Series), Lots 21 and 25, each carry an estimate of $6,000–$8,000. A canvas by José Ángel Toirac, Che and Fidel (From the gray series) is also estimated at $6,000–$8,000.
Midnight, Late May, Lot 38, a silkscreen on glass by Teresita Fernández, is offered with a $8,000–$12,000 estimate.
Christie’s online Latin American Art sale kicks off the week, going live on Monday, November 13. The live contemporary sales take place on Wednesday and Thursday, November 15 and 16, beginning with Phillips’ afternoon sale at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The action heats up the following week with the Latin American day and evening sales. We’ll be back next Thursday with a preview and the top lots on our Cuban art watch list.