Gabriel de la Mora - Latin America New York Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galería OMR, Mexico City
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Mexico City, Galería OMR, Gabriel de la Mora Originalmentefalso / Originallyfake, 2011

  • Literature

    Gabriel de la Mora Originalmentefalso / Originallyfake, Galería OMR, Mexico City, 2013, p. 20 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Acquired at Galería Irabién in Miami for USD$55,000, David Alfaro Siqueiros's Cuauhtémoc underwent a process of smoking and incineration by blowtorch, which was extended to the frame, itself ostentatiously detailed in silver. This picture of the defeated Mexica hero included a certificate from Adriana Siqueiros and was listed in the records of patrimonial inventory kept by Rafael Cruz Arvea at the National Institute of Fine Arts, until it was later discredited by the Institute itself.

    This heroic effigy of the Mexica leader actually originated in a workshop that specialized in fakes, and the ruse was detected as soon as the collector Lance Aaron, who owns an especially rich collection of modern Mexican art, discovered an inconsistency between the date of this painting, associated with a mural of the Castle of Chapultepec, and the materials that were used to produce it. He duly proceeded to file a lawsuit, but over the years would up baptizing his archive the name of the emblematic Lecumberri prison in Mexico City, a caustic allusion the land of no return that is the Mexican justice system.

    Francisco Reyes Palma



acrylic on panel intervened with fire, in artist's frame
36 3/4 x 32 1/2 in. (93.3 x 82.6 cm)

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $28,750

Contact Specialist
Kaeli Deane
Head of Sale
New York
+1 212 940 1352

Latin America

New York 26 May 2015 4pm