Create your first list.

A way to share and manage lots.

  • Provenance

    Sean Kelly Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Los Carpinteros is an artist’s collective that was founded in 1992 by Marco Antonio Castillo Valdés, Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez and Alexandre Arrechea. In 2003, Arrechea pursued his own artistic career, while Castillo and Rodríguez continued as a collective, based in Havana and Madrid. Their name, meaning “The Carpenters”, is attributed to the paintings and sculptures they made using self-taught carpentry techniques. They have exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the United States and their work is included in prestigious collections such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna. Their oeuvre explores the intersection between art and quotidian life by merging architecture, design, drawing and sculpture into conceptual works that negotiate the space between the functional and non-functional. Watercolors, such as the present lot, are used as a mock blueprint or technical draft that suggests the planning stages involved in the making of art, yet they function exquisitely on their own and have become recognizable worldwide.

  • Artist Biography

    Los Carpinteros

    Cuban • N/A

    The Cuban artist collective Los Carpinteros (The Carpenters) was formed in 1992 and has since produced some of the most important contemporary art in Latin America. Originally comprised of Marco Castillo, Dagoberto Rodriguez and Alexandre Arrechea (who left the group in June 2003), the trio abandoned the concept of individual authorship and instead worked in the tradition of guild and artisan workshops. Their technically sophisticated drawings and sculptures are primarily inspired by design and architectural constructions, such as desks, chairs, armoires and other pieces of furniture. In illustrating seemingly banal objects, Los Carpinteros comment on materialism, highlighting the practicality as well as the uselessness of the depicted objects.

    View More Works

Contemporary Cuba: Works from a Private Collection


Sala de Lectura Ovalada (Oval Reading Room)

signed, titled and dated "Sala de Lectura Ovalada (Vista 3/4) Los Carpinteros, Madrid 2011" lower edge
watercolor on paper
29 7/8 x 43 7/8 in. (75.9 x 111.4 cm.)
Executed in 2011.

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $21,250

Contact Specialist
Sam Mansour
Associate Specialist, Head of New Now Sale
New York
+1 212 940 1219
[email protected]

New Now

New York Auction 28 February 2018