Los Carpinteros - New Now New York Wednesday, March 8, 2023 | Phillips
  • Provenance

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

  • Exhibited

    New York, Sean Kelly Gallery, Edifice, Complex, Visionary, Structure, January 6–February 3, 2018 (another example exhibited)

  • 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.

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Property from an Important Private American Collection


Sala de Lectura Babel (Babel Reading Room)

incised with the artist collective's initials, title, inscription and date "SALA DE LECTURA BABEL LC 17 29 - 3/5" on the reverse
corten steel
31 5/8 x 29 1/2 x 30 1/2 in. (80.3 x 74.9 x 77.5 cm)
Executed in 2017, this work is number 3 from an edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs.

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $12,700

Contact Specialist

Avery Semjen
Head of Sale, New Now
212 940 1207

New Now

New York Auction 8 March 2023