Wesley Duke Lee - LATIN AMERICA New York Wednesday, September 29, 2010 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    The Kim Esteve Collection, São Paulo.

  • Literature

    E. Leffingwell, The Keeper's Memory, The Kim Esteve Collection and a Narrative History of Chácara Flora, São Paulo: Editora Terceiro Nome, 2003.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Widely regarded as the principle artist of his generation, Lee is the current subject of a major retrospective at the Pinakotheke  Cultural, Rio de Janeiro. Lee is credited with a sea change in focus on contemporary art in Brazil, much as Tom Jobim changed the music scene to Bossa Nova. Lee was also celebrated for the formation of a school of “Magic Realism” in Brazil. At one point frustrated with the posture of galleries unwilling to show work considered erotic, Lee presented the exhibition by flashlight in a bar.  In 1965 he was awarded the first place award at the 8th biennal of Tokyo. Lee frequently drew on classical themes, such as Telephos Meets Auge (2003) appropriated from the Pergamon frieze. He participated in Maurice Tuchman’s innovative 1970 Art and Technology at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.



Telephos Meets Auge

Acrylic on canvas.
74 7/8 x 59 in. (190.2 x 149.9 cm).

$60,000 - 80,000 


29 September 2010
New York