Neil Williams - LATIN AMERICA New York Wednesday, September 29, 2010 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    The Kim Esteve Collection, São Paulo

  • Exhibited

    Brazil, 20th São Paulo International Biennial, Neil Williams; Works from Brazil 1982-1988, 1989.

  • Literature

    E. Leffingwell, The Keeper's Memory, The Kim Esteve Collection and a Narrative History of Chácara Flora, São Paulo: Editora Terceiro Nome, 2003 (illustrated); C. von Schmidt, Neil Williams, Works from Brazil, 1982-1988, 20th São Paulo International Biennial, 14 October-10 December 1989; São Paulo: Kim, Steve and Lana Jokel, 1989, pp. 14,112 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Williams worked with a skilled carpenter to construct complex bars and stretch canvases suitable to an improvised terrace studio. A single-motor airplane visit to Mato Grosso followed by a stop in the then isolated beach town of Trancoso (Bloco de Trancoso alludes to an annual beachside parade) served to vivify his palette in the years remaining to him following his definitive move to Brazil. The lively embrace and upthrust grid of this painting suggest an informed collision of beachside Hamptons and Brazilian festival. Not incidentally reflecting his affinity for the Latin American Neo- Concrete movement, such playful motifs occur in much of Williams’ work to follow.



Bloco de Troncoso

Acrylic on canvas and wood.
102 3/8 x 76 in. (260 x 193 cm).

$120,000 - 140,000 

Sold for $98,500


29 September 2010
New York