Los Carpinteros - Latin America New York Thursday, May 23, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galleria 1/9 Arte Contemporanea, Rome
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, in 2006

  • Exhibited

    Rome, Galleria 1/9 Arte Contemporanea, Iván Navarro/Los Carpinteros, June 22– September 15, 2006

  • Literature

    G. Ankele and D. Zyman, eds., Los Carpinteros: Handwork- Constructing the World, Cologne: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, 2010, cover, p. 261 (illustrated)

  • 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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La lengua de la tierra

watercolor on paper
52 1/2 x 67 in. (133.4 x 170.2 cm.)
Signed, titled, inscribed and dated "La lengua de la tierra Los Carpinteros La Habana 2006" lower edge.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $50,000

Contact Specialist
Henry Allsopp
Worldwide Director, Latin American Art
+ 1 212 940 1216

Latin America

New York 23 May 2013 4pm