Guillermo Kuitca - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Friday, March 3, 2023 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    Sotheby's, New York, 23 November 1998, lot 55
    Private Collection
    Sotheby's, New York, 27 May 2009, lot 36
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Caracas, Museo Alejandro Otero, Guillermo Kuitca en Caracas, 16 November 1997- 15 March 1998, no. 13, p. 32 (illustrated)

  • Literature

    Sonia Becce, Guillermo Kuitca, Obras 1982-1998, Conversaciones con Graciela Speranza, Spain, 1998, pp. 222-225 (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Guillermo Kuitca

    Argentinian • 1961

    Guillermo Kuitca is an Argentinean child prodigy who held his first solo exhibition at age thirteen. He emerged as a painter during the 1980s, rejecting the neoexpressionist trend of the time. Yet his art is intellectually demanding, formally complex and relevant to the historical moment.

    Kuitca is influenced by Antoni Tápies, Francis Bacon, Jenny Holzer and Pina Bausch. His paintings denote total abstraction and deal with space, language, deat, and travel. His series of maps from the 1990s depicted on canvases and mattresses explore themes of disappearance, migration and the importance of memory. He rarely depicts humans, and his map paintings are difficult to decipher geographically, allowing viewers to meditate on the psychology of space.

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Property from the Collection of Jimmy Belilty


Naked Tango (After Warhol)

signed, titled and dated 'NAKED TANGO (after Warhol) Kuitca 1994' on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
192.1 x 145.9 cm (75 5/8 x 57 1/2 in.)
Painted in 1994.

£50,000 - 70,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 3 March 2023