From Diego Rivera to Ana Mendieta: Kaeli Deane's Six Picks from 20th Century & Contemporary Art
Kaeli Deane, Head of Latin American Art, shares modern and contemporary highlights from this month's sales.
Exploring Wifredo Lam and His Afro-Chinese-Cuban Heritage
Through 'Sur les traces', 1945, Abigail McEwen looks at the nuanced cross-cultural influences—including Santería and Chinese ink wash painting—that informed Lam's practice throughout the 20th century.
Carmen Herrera's 'Blanco y Verde': The Artist's Most Seminal Series
One of only 14 known versions of Carmen Herrera's 'Blanco y Verde' series, the work coming to auction this November remained in obscurity for over four decades, carefully selected by the artist to remain in her small home studio in New York.
Contemporary Cuba: Kaeli Deane with Cuban Art News
Our Head of Latin American Art spoke to Cuban Art News about a curated selection of works coming to auction.
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News and Results
Press Release: 17 June 2018
The largest selling exhibition of the artist’s work in London will showcase recent artworks alongside historic works from private collectionsRead more
Press Release: 15 January 2018
Beginning this spring, Phillips will fully incorporate Latin American Art within its sales of 20th Century & Contemporary Art amid an increasingly globalized market for the category. Phillips is committed to celebrating artists from this region in a larger context and works of art formerly included in the company’s New York Latin America sales will now be offered in Evening and Day Sales, as well as the New Now category, across all of the company’s salerooms in New York, London, and Hong Kong.Read more
Press Release: 20 November 2017
Phillips auction of Latin American Art on 21 November realized $4.2 million, selling 73% by lot and 75% by value.Read more
The Latin America Department
This year, Phillips will fully incorporate Latin American Art within its sales of 20th Century & Contemporary Art amid an increasingly globalized market for the category. Phillips is committed to celebrating artists from this region in a larger context, and works of art formerly included in the company's New York Latin America sales will now be offered in Evening and Day Sales, as well as the New Now category, across the company's salerooms in New York, London and Hong Kong.
Phillips has previously offered several works of Latin American art outside of their designated sale category, receiving an enthusiastic response from collectors and setting many world records. Over the course of 2016 to 2017, Phillips twice broke the record for Carmen Herrera, first with Cerulean selling for $970,000 and then with Untitled (Orange and Black) selling for $1,179,000, both of which were offered in the New York Evening Sales of 20th Century & Contemporary Art. Records were also set in the same sales for works by Mira Schendel and Hélio Oiticica, for $970,000 and $615,000 respectively. In May 2017, Phillips chose to include Fernando Botero's Fin de Fiesta in the Hong Kong Evening Sale based the rising demand for the artist's work in Asia. The painting achieved a strong price of HK$5,840,000.
Phillips maintains the world auction record for a work of Brazilian art ($2,225,000), achieved by Lygia Clark's Contra Relevo (Objeto N. 7) in 2013. In addition to these landmark achievements, Phillips holds auction records for artists including León Ferrari, Zília Sánchez, Lygia Pape, Amelia Peláez, Doris Salcedo, Olga de Amaral, Os Gêmeos, Jac Leirner, Antonio Dias, Roberto Obregón, Damián Ortega, Tania Bruguera, Tomás Saraceno and Nelson Leirner. Many of these results reflect our long tradition of outstanding success for female artists. In line with this emphasis, we have highlighted the transcendence of women in Latin American art and even produced a historic sale catalogue in 2015 that prominently featured two living female artists—Doris Salcedo and Beatriz Milhazes.
In the past two years, Phillips has greatly invested in the advancement of the Latin American market, appointing Vivian Pfeiffer as Deputy Chairman, Americas, and Head of Business Development, as well as Cândida Sodré as Regional Director of Brazil, Cecilia Laffan as Regional Director of Mexico and Valentina Garcia as a Latin American Art Specialist in Miami. Kaeli Deane will continue as Head of Latin American Art, Americas, based in Los Angeles. As we look to the future, we continue to position ourselves as market leaders for breaking down the boundaries between Latin American and Contemporary Art.
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