As predicted, it was a hot week for Cuban art, with record-breaking figures achieved by several artists in the Latin American sales. Much of the action focused on “Cuba Moderna: Masterworks from a Private Collection,” the sale-within-a-sale in the Christie’s auction, but there were surprises at Phillips and Christie's too.
With this month’s modern and contemporary sales reportedly down 45 percent over last May’s figures, expectations for the week’s Latin American sales were moderate at best. But works by Cuban artists turned in solid results at all three auction houses, with some notable breakthroughs.
Next week brings the spring Latin American sales to New York City, and with them, a strong slate of contemporary and 20th-century Cuban works—and even more Lams than last season. Last November, several contemporary works soared past their high estimates. Will the trend continue?
At New York’s Sean Kelly Gallery, this month will see not one, but two solo shows by young Cuban artists. Cuban Art News publisher Howard Farber queried the gallery’s owner, Sean Kelly, and one of its directors, Lauren Kelly, about the exhibitions, their work with Los Carpinteros, and where they think Cuban art is headed.