Auction of Latin American Art at Doyle on November 7

  • NEW YORK, New York
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  • October 29, 2018

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René Portocarrero (Cuban, 1912-1985), El Cobre, 1951, Oil on canvas, 54 1/2 x 75 1/2 inches. Est. $150,000-250,000
Angel Botello (Puerto Rican, 1913-1986), Three Children, Oil on Masonite, 20 3/4 x 19 7/8 inches. Est. $8,000-12,000

Doyle’s auction on Wednesday, November 7 will showcase a wide range of Modern and Contemporary works by Latin American artists.

Cuban Modernist Amelia Peláez (1896-1968) avoided most of the art community in her lifetime, instead choosing to quietly focus on her home and her artwork. Witnessing the birth of the Cubist movement during her time in Paris, Peláez helped introduce Modern Art to Cuba upon her return in 1934. An untitled work in the sale is an excellent example of her bright blocks of color and abstracted forms (est. $60,000-80,000).

One of three works in the auction by Puerto Rican artist Angel Botello (1913-1986), Three Children is a prime example of the artist’s beloved abstracted figures and bold colors (est. $8,000-12,000).

Cuban artist René Portocarrero (1912-1985) is represented by two works depicting church facades, including a 1951 fantastical view of the Basilica of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre executed in a color pallette that exudes the famed heat of Cuba’s southeastern province (est. $150,000-250,000).

Ecuadorian painter Oswaldo Guayasamín (1919-1999) came of age during the many revolutions and political turmoil that ravaged South American in the 20th century, with the artist taking a hard stance against the dictator Augusto Pinochet. The influences of Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco are evident in Quito, a sizeable depiction of Ecuador’s capital city (est. $70,000-90,000).

Oswaldo Guayasamin (Ecuadorian, 1919-1999), Quito, Work on canvas, 29 3/8 x 59 inches. Est. $70,000-90,000

Artist Eduardo MacEntyre (1929-2014) was a pioneer of Geometric Abstraction in his native country of Argentina. From 1979, Encuentros s/Gris typifies his simplified forms based on mathematical formulas (est. $15,000-20,000).

Cuban artist Lolo Soldevilla (1904-1971) had a breakthrough in her work after coming into contact with Victor Vasarely and Jean Arp. One of two works in the auction dating from 1956, Soldevilla expertly plays with rhythms and shapes in this black-and-white construction, showing the influence of not only Vasarely and Arp, but also of Russian avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich (est. $60,000-80,000).

Based in Havana, Contemporary Cuban artist Ernesto Villanueva (b. 1970) has become widely-known for his sublime abstraction, dripping with fantastical colors. From 2003, El Silencio features deep, punchy blacks overtop his bright palette (est. $8,000-12,000).

The public is invited to the exhibition on view from Saturday, November 3 through Tuesday, November 5. Doyle is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan. The catalogue is available online at

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