León Ferrari - Latin America New York Tuesday, November 22, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Pan American Art Projects, Miami
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Bethsheba Spain and Timothy Stroud, ed., Géométrie hors limites art contemporain latino-américain dans la collection Jean et Colette Cherqui (Geometry Beyond Limits Latin-American Contemporary Art from the Jean and Colette Cherque Collection, Milan, 2010, p. 217 (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    León Ferrari

    Argentinian • 1920 - 2013

    León Ferrari was a defining figure in Argentine conceptual art. He was awarded the Golden Lion at the 2007 Venice Biennale, among other prestigious awards. During his youth, Ferrari began creating artworks while studying Engineering in Rome. Returning to Buenos Aires, he began to create art that dealt with heavy subjects such as inequality, power and discrimination, championing a sense of urgency to understand the destructive and poetic potential of these societal issues.

    One particularly controversial work, La Civilización Occidental y Cristiana (Western Christian Civilization), was exhibited in 1965 and promptly censured by the Catholic Church, as the sculpture features a store-bought Jesus figure crucified to a U.S. fighter jet. However, Ferrari is probably best known for his "written drawings" that feature compositions of abstracted handwriting created in various mediums, conveying emotion and visual poetry.

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Carta a Torres-García

signed, titled and dated "Carta a Torres García León Ferrari 5/10/05" lower right
mixed media on paper
24 1/4 x 17 1/4 in. (61.6 x 43.8 cm)
Executed in 2005.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $25,000

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Kaeli Deane
Head of Sale, Latin American Art
New York
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Latin America

New York Auction 22 November 2016