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Latin American Art

2012 Auction Recap

Following inconsistent results during the 2-week stretch of mega-auctions of Impressionist/Modern and Post-War/Contemporary art at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips, anticipation for the Latin American art sales ran high. Evening sales featuring Latin American masterworks at both major auction houses preceded considerable day-sale offerings, and collectors and enthusiasts also had opportunities to view exciting Latin American art at fairs and exhibitions around New York ...

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Art Funds 101

Provided by Artvest Partners LLC

In 2011, total global art sales reached $64.9 billion. High-net-worth individuals looking for alternatives to the stock market are increasingly turning to fine art and other hard assets, including wine, silver and gold (also known as SWAG), which have all seen considerable appreciation over the past 10 years. On the whole, art is not correlated to other financial markets ...

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Latin American Art Market

May 2012 LatAm Sales

In New York, May was an important month for the LatAm art market, with major auctions at Phillips, Sotheby’s and Christie’s, the three leading auction houses. Overall, the May sales were inconsistent, with both new records set and high-profile buy-ins of works by some of the most prominent Latin American artists. While Phillips and Sotheby’s both hammered in under their presale low estimates, some noteworthy prices for individual artists were realized during the week. New records were achieved for individual artists ...

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Expert Perspectives

LatAm Art in 2012 - Part II

Carmen Melián joined Sotheby’s Latin American Art department in September 1999. She has since been instrumental in a number of important sales, including property from the Estate of Stanley J Marcus; property from The Collection of Barbara and John Duncan; the May 2006 sale of Frida Kahlo’s Roots, which sold for $5.6 million, a record for the artist; and Rufino Tamayo’s El Comedor de Sandías, which sold for $3.6 million ...

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Expert Perspectives

LatAm Art in 2012 - Part One

Carmen Melián joined Sotheby’s Latin American Art department in September 1999. She has since been instrumental in a number of important sales, including property from the Estate of Stanley J Marcus, Pproperty from The Collection of Barbara and John Duncan, the May 2006 sale of Frida Kahlo’s Roots, which sold for $5.6 million—a record for the artist—and Rufino Tamayo’s El Comedor de Sandías, which sold for $3.6 million ...

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Cultural Patrimony

Valuations and Regulations

As interest in LatAm increases and its art becomes a more meaningful component of global collections, there are important considerations buyers and sellers need to take into account. These issues are particularly critical for collectors who want to trade in LatAm art internationally. Artwork classified as cultural patrimony – meaning it has ongoing historical, traditional or cultural importance – is often prohibited from being permanently exported from its country of origin ...

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Meso-American Remix

The use of Native and Latin American traditions

This issue’s art feature considers the work of two North American artists who independently mine Native and Latin American traditions in their work.  Taking two very different tacks, Keister focuses on the corporeal; Adams on the spiritual. Steve Keister (b. 1949, Lancaster, Pennsylvania) has consistently explored the body and physical form since arriving in New York. He first haunted SoHo's streets and the industrial surplus stores on Manhattan's Canal Street for inexpensive materials to fabricate his work, typical of the “No-Wave” art movement active in the 1970’s.  He first relied on Plexiglas shards and sidewalk discards to make futuristic, abstract sculptures and mobiles ...

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Global enthusiasm for Latin Art is on the Rise

Christies and Sotheby's Offer Proof

After several years of sluggishness, global enthusiasm for Latin American art is on the rise. In New York, November was a significant month for the Latin American art market. In addition to several important exhibitions by Latin American artists, such as the show of paintings by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera at the Museum of Modern Art (on view through May 14, 2012) and The Pace Gallery's exhibition of works by Chilean surrealist Roberto Matta (on view through January 28, 2012), New York also hosted a full week of opportunities for acquiring Latin American art ...

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The Malba turns 10

Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires

On September 11, 2011, the Malba (Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires), brought to the city by the Constanti Foundation, celebrated the 10th anniversary of its opening. Over the past decade, the Malba has grown steadily in terms of both attendance and works. In the culturally vibrant city of Buenos Aires, the Malba was founded for the purpose of showcasing Latin American art produced from the early 20th century until today. According to a recent press release issued by the Malba, “In the past decade the museum has been visited by over 3,200,000 individuals, an average of 350,000 persons per year ...

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Fine Art Funds

Taking the soul out of art investing?

 Throughout history, retailers and individual collectors have been trading valuable works of art, whether for pleasure or investment potential. As far back as the 1800’s art trading clubs were formed and investors would gather to discuss their collections and potentially trade works. It wasn’t until after the year 2000 that commercial art funds began to gain traction as investment vehicles. At that time a number of entrepreneurs from the financial and arts industries who had a strong personal or vocational interest in art set up these funds, a number of which have fizzled out over the years ... 

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ALI partners with

Top Source for Latin American Art

Alternative Latin Investor has recently partnered with, a website dedicated to connecting every person, collector, gallery, museum, artist, art professional, auctioneer and cultural venue together to provide the ultimate and most complete Latin American Art portal. In addition to providing detailed information on the works and curriculum of both listed and non listed Latin American artists, also provides Latin American Art related news and will provide in the near future, comprehensive auction results ...


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The Artistry and Stability of Colombian Gold

Gold Art Investment in Colombia

The history of pre-columbine gold mining dates as far back as the years 1-1000 A.D. Some of the world’s earliest discoveries have been made in Northeastern Colombia from the Tairona Culture, Early Zenu Culture and the Muisica Culture. The important gold mining center of Buriticá, in the mountains of Colombia's northern Antioquia Province, exploits rich alluvial deposits and vein gold. Historically, these golden objects were used as ritual spiritual offerings as well as traded daily for food, salt, emeralds, and other items with peoples in the north, east, and south. Colombia has … 

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Cuban Visions Event

Latin American Art in New York

Due in large part to political differences, Cuba’s vibrant culture and artistic prowess remain a well kept secret. Cuba’s insular nature has helped strengthen its unique and powerful culture over time, but few outside of the country have been exposed to it. Though the island contains merely eleven million inhabitants, art schools flourish throughout the country, fostering gifted poets, dancers, musicians and painters. Cuba has five state-funded art institutions. The United States, with a population of 311 million, has one. When Fidel Castro came into power in 1959, he sought a cultural and artistic revolution to match his recently successful political upheaval … 

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Latin American Art Gaining Momentum in Europe

Growing popularity of LatAm Art in the European Market

 Art from Latin America has seen a steady rise in buyers over the past three decades or so. As reported in a previous issue of ALI, Christie’s organized its first auction of Latin American Art in 1981 and now holds two auctions a year that specialize in art form this region. Names such as Frida Kahlo, Fernando Botero, Jesús Rafael Soto and Carlos Cruz Díez among many others have become household names and some of them sell artworks in excess of US $2 million. Virgilio Garza, Head of Latin American Art at Christie’s stated that the world record … 

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Pinta: The Modern & Contemporary Latin American Art Show

An interview with Alejandro Zaia, the founder of Pinta

 A veritable feast for Latin American art investors, this exclusive, annual art fair is dedicated to exposing the world to the best of Contemporary Latin American Art. The three-day show features museum-quality works representative of abstract, concrete, neo-concrete, kinetic and conceptual art, as well as of other contemporary art movements. The event coincides with Christie’s and Sotheby’s Latin American art auctions and with important exhibitions in museums and cultural institutions in each of its two locations. It is currently the only fair of its size and caliber in the world to focus on such a unique and niche market … 

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Christies Latin Art Sale Breaks $20 Million

Discussing a startlingly successful year for LatAm art in Christie's auction house in New York

 With the world slowly crawling out of the crisis depths, there has been an ignited interest in Latin American fine art investment seen by this year’s Latin Art Sale at Christie’s New York. The sale totaled over $20 million dollars, greatly surpassing last year’s totals. ALI had a chance to speak exclusively with Virgilio Garza, the head of Latin American art sales at Christie’s New York. In the following interview he gives insight to the potential reasons for the sudden turn around.
 An Interview with Virgilio Garza: Head of Christie's Latin American Art Department

How is the general art market faring post crisis … 


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The Cuban Art Revolution

ALI speaks with Cuban-born artist Jake Fernandez & Jorge Moya, Curator at the Cuba Art Museum

Cuban Art has been increasing in value over the past decades. In the following article, ALI speaks with both Cuban-born artist Jake Fernandez as well as Jorge Moya, Curator at the Cuba Art NY foundation. Both parties give their take on why Cuban Art seems to have such alluring investment potential.

Jake Fernandez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1951. His parents, a lawyer and a schoolteacher, settled the family in the town of Consolación del Sur about 120 kilometers west of Havana. Due to the rigors of his family’s political activities—his grandfather was the senator of Pinar del Río …   

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Latin American Art Growing in Popularity

Latin American Art as an investment option

 A new generation of Latin American artists are ensuring that works from the region are attracting international buyers in increasing numbers. Up until thirty years ago the majority of works coming out of the region were purchased by wealthy Latin American families who would often build their collections up over many generations. Whilst South American buyers and those of Latino origin still make up the lion share of buyers from this diverse and exciting region, Virgilio Garza, Head of Latin American Art at Christies says the category is going increasingly international “The demographics of the clients has changed… 

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Brazilian Urban Art: From Street to Chic

Brazil is home to some of the most innovative and inspiring "street" artists to date

 There has always been something fascinating about the allure of Brazilian culture that has caused people from around the world to want to latch on to its magic. From Carnival to Bossa Nova to Victoria’s Secret models—the world wants what Brazil has. When it comes to urban art (commonly referred to as “street” art), Brazil is home to some of the most innovative and inspiring artists to date. The definition of street art, known by some as Graffiti, is “a Form of visual communication involving the unauthorized marking of public space by an individual or group.” … 

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Alternative Latin Investor speaks with Latin American Art Museum of Amersfoort

Latin Art Investment gaining speed in Europe

 LAKMA started with a foundation dedicated to the Spanish artist José Gausachs. Gausachs was an artist who emigrated from Spain during the Spanish Civil War, before the Second World War. For many, Gausachs is an unknown name; however, he is of great importance to Latin America's art history. He was the disciple of great masters such as Isidre Nonell and Felix Mestre. He cultivated friendships in Paris with other famous painters of his time, such as Amadeo Modigliani, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. He was appreciated by intellectuals like Tristan Tzara, whose friendship and support made a great difference … 


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