Christie’s Showcases a Pre-Sale Exhibition of Latin American Art at Miami’s JW Marriott Marquis Hotel

Vivienne Nosti

A selection of masterworks visits Miami prior to Christie's Fall Auction of Latin American Art.

In the vanguard of Miami’s emerging art scene, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel will host a pre-sale exhibition of fresh-to-market highlights from Christie’s Fall 2014 Auction of Latin American Art in New York. From October 30th to November 2nd, on the hotel’s fifth floor, guests and the general public will be able to view masterworks by leading artists such as Carlos Enríquez, Wifredo Lam, Amelia Peláez, Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Rufino Tamayo, Lygia Clark, and Beatriz Milhazes, among others. The exhibit dates are as follows: October 30: 10:00am – 4:00pm; October 31: 10:00am – 4:00pm; November 1: 10:00am – 4:00pm; and November 2: 1:00pm – 4:00pm. The selection of works on display will be sold on November 24-25, 2014 at Christie’s New York.

JW Marriott Marquis and Christie's
Lygia Clark. Bicho.

The JW Marriott Marquis Miami first worked with Christie’s during Art Basel 2010 when the hotel featured an attractive presentation of Post-War and Contemporary highlights, which included pieces from artists of the stature of Andy Warhol, Antony Gormley and Damien Hirst. The property is also a sponsor of Design Miami and the Perez Art Museum, and houses a museum-caliber art collection worth more than $1 million, called the Art of Reinvention. It also helps sponsor the Art Basel and Art Miami festivals.

Leading the selection are works from two exceptional private collections with significant holdings in the field of Cuban vanguard art from the 1940s, the Washington, D.C.-based collection of Barbara Walker Gordon and the collection of Silvio E. and Jean W. Hernández. Of particular interest is the iconic El Hurón Azul (estimate: $200,000 – $300,000) painted in 1953 by Carlos Enríquez.

Mujeres con flores (estimate: $2,000,000-3,000,000) circa 1938 by Mexican modernist Alfredo Ramos Martínez beautifully encapsulates the artist’s most celebrated period, his California years (1930-1946), a time when he developed his mature style characterized by his imagery of noble, eternally youthful Indian women. It is undoubtedly one of the most important works by the artist ever to appear at auction.

JW Marriott Marquis and Christie's
(L) Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Mujeres con flores; (R) Carlos Enríquez, El Hurón Azul.

Brazilian artist Lygia Clark’s Bicho (estimate: $700,000 – 900,000), executed in 1960, is an exceptionally rare and early example from the artist’s breakthrough series of Bichos (animals or creatures), significant not only for their rejection of the traditional canvas but for their pioneering engagement with the viewer whose interaction with these objects is integral to their experience.

“The JW Marriott Marquis Miami and the JW Marriott brand are committed to enriching the guest experience through the arts and we are thrilled to partner once again with Christie’s and to present such a unique experience to the already burgeoning Miami art scene,” states Florencia Tabeni, General Manager, JW Marriott Marquis Miami.

Each year, a number of JW Marriott’s 68 properties around the world exhibit exceptional art, fine jewelry and rare artifacts, prior to Christie’s auction, providing an exclusive glimpse into the world of art.

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