Diego Rivera Self-portrait Highlights Christie's Latin American Sale

Gunther Gerzso (Mexican 1915-2000), Azul-Verde-Naranja, oil on canvas 21½ x 28¾ in. (54.6 x 60.3 cm.) Painted in 1964. Estimate: $80 000-120 000

Christie’s Latin American Sale in New York on May 28 and 29 will feature rare masterpieces spanning from 17th century Colonial art to Contemporary paintings. Important artists represented include Diego Rivera, Leonora Carrington, Mario Carreño, Cundo Bermúdez, Wifredo Lam, Rufino Tamayo and Matta. The two-day sale will offer 276 lots and expects to realize in excess of $14 million.

A self-portrait by Diego Rivera will lead the sale (estimate: $1.2-1.8 million). Sigmund Firestone, an American engineer and art collector from Rochester, New York, met Rivera and Frida Kahlo on a business trip to Mexico in 1939, and subsequently maintained a friendship and correspondence with the artists, commissioning self-portraits from each.


Published in: on April 30, 2009 at 9:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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Frida Kahlo in the Tate Gallery in London

Frida Kahlo. Self portraits. 1940.

The exhibition dedicated to the oeuvre of the famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) will open on June 9, in the Tate Gallery in London. It will be the first major UK exhibition of her works to take place for over twenty years. The exhibition includes more than eighty works, famous self portraits, lush and erotic still lifes and lesser known watercolous and drawings coming largely from Mexico and the USA.

Frida Kahlo is world-known first of all for her poignantly beautiful and iconic self portraits. She was severely injured in a bus crash in her youth, and was confined to her bed. Frida started painting and the portrayal of her body, wracked with pain, became a recurring theme in her paintings. In her works she managed to depict both her isolation and her indomitable spirit and sense of self. The exhibition also reveals different aspects of Kahlo’s life and work: her tempestuous relationship with the renowned Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, her powerful political insights about national identity, the plight of the poor and others.


Published in: on May 27, 2005 at 7:08 am  Leave a Comment  
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Christie’s To Sell Frida Kahlo’s Self-Portrait

Frida Kahlo’s Self-Portrait with Curly Hair, painted in 1935 after the artist’s disastrous discovery of the love affair between her husband, Diego Rivera, and her favorite sister, Cristina, will be offered at Christie’s sale of Latin American Art on November 18 at Rockefeller Center. A gem-like work of small size (7 ¼ x 5 ½ in./18.2 x 15.2 cm) and enormous emotional content, it is an extremely rare image of the artist with short hair and not dressed in her customary Tehuana style. It is estimated at $1.5 – 2 million.


Published in: on November 9, 2003 at 6:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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Woman may have founded ancient Rome

Rome celebrated its 2,756th birthday yesterday, amid claims that the city may have been founded by a Trojan woman called Roma and not, as legend has it, by Romulus.

According to Rome’s Il Messaggero newspaper, a fragment of writing by the Graeco-Sicilian poet Stesichorus (638-555 BC) recounts how a woman named Roma arrived with a Trojan fleet in an idyllic place that could easily be Rome.

Romulus and Remus


Published in: on April 22, 2003 at 1:04 am  Leave a Comment  

20th-Century Latin American Art Finally Gets a Home

BogotВ has a fine museum to display Fernando Botero, while Mexico City has great public palaces to exhibit Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and JosК Clemente Orozco. But for too long Latin America’s 20th-century masters of painting have lacked a permanent home in which to be viewed and appreciated together.

That vacuum is being filled by the new Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, better known as Malba, its acronym in Spanish. It opened in September as a welcome respite for a city suffering through its longest and deepest recession in generations.


Published in: on November 21, 2001 at 8:22 am  Leave a Comment  
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Argentinian economist’s collection opens its doors

The extensive holdings amassed by Constantini are now on view

BUENOS AIRES. A new museum of modern Latin American art housing the extensive private collection of Argentinian economist Eduardo Costantini opened its doors in Buenos Aires just 10 days after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington and in the midst of a severe economic recession in Argentina that has lasted the better part of three years.

Mr Costantini, who is president of Consultatio, a firm handling investment funds in Latin America, has been an especially active buyer in the last decade, regularly placing the winning bids at Sotheby’s and Christie’s Latin American sales in New York.


Published in: on October 26, 2001 at 3:06 am  Leave a Comment  
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