One of our most popular posts of recent weeks was the story about appraiser Alex J. Rosenberg’s informal presentation, late last month, on art appraisal in Cuba. We’ve now had a chance to look over the book ourselves, and find it to be a thoughtful, comprehensive overview of the field and the unique challenges facing art appraisal in Cuba. With that in mind, we thought Cuban Art News readers would enjoy a brief excerpt from the book, An Approach to Advanced Problems in Appraising Art with a special focus on Cuba. Here, Alex makes his case for art appraisal in Cuba as an independent professional field, separate from government sponsorship or support.
Last week, noted fine arts appraiser and longtime Ludwig Foundation of Cuba supporter Alex J. Rosenberg gave an informal talk at New York’s 8th Floor Gallery to celebrate his latest book. Written with an eye toward the specifics of art appraisal in Cuba, it sparked a lively exchange with an audience of collectors, scholars, students, and art aficionados. The crowd also enjoyed a talk by artist Armando Mariño, whose solo exhibition, Armando Mariño: Recent Paintings from the Year of the Protester, was on view in the gallery.
In a significant indication of the growing strength of the Latin American—and specifically Cuban—modern and contemporary art market, the Christie’s sale on Tuesday evening saw exceptionally strong sales for Tomás Sánchez, followed the next night by a record-breaking price of $4.5-plus million for a 1944 Wifredo Lam at Sotheby’s.
In the second installment of this two-part survey of visual arts in Cuba in 2011, Mabel Machado looks at solo exhibitions, awards, publications, auctions, and international events held on the island. Our thanks to the author and to the online cultural journal La Jiribilla for permission to present this comprehensive review on Cuban Art News.
Lively bidding for Cuban art at Gary Nader debut auction, Esterio Segura solos at galería Servando, Boleto al paraíso encores in New York City, and Flavio Garciandía looks ahead to January.