Since its inception as a collecting category in 1978, Latin American Art at Sotheby’s has grown from a predominantly Mexican art section offered within our Modern Art sales, to world renowned biannual auctions that include over two-hundred years of artistic tradition in the region.
Our efforts, alongside those of an inquisitive and international group of academics, curators, collectors, critics, gallerists and dealers, have not only promoted Latin American art through landmark museum exhibitions, in galleries, art fairs and biennials, but have also served to reaffirm the category as an integral part of the Western tradition. Today, it is unimaginable to conceive the history of 20th century art without the contributions of Diego Rivera to Cubism, Joaquín Torres-García to Constructivism, Frida Kahlo, Matta, Leonora Carrington and Wifredo Lam to Surrealism.
Sotheby's is proud to have supported some of these vital initiatives. In recent years, we have oriented our efforts to expanding -both conceptually and visually- the scope of an increasing number of worldwide collections. Our clients have found in the Latin American Art sales a curated approach which has finally given way to two very distinct sale categories: Latin America: Modern Art and Latin America: Contemporary Art. Presented as two separate sales, their accompanying catalogues will advance a more comprehensive and critical reading of Latin American art.