Latin Art in New York City

New York City’s Latin art world is a constellation of museums, galleries, fairs, auctions, and public art. Since the European conquest, art in Latin America has paralleled developments in Europe. Few paid attention to this fertile ground until recently. Today Latin American art is being “discovered.” Art consultant Ximena Ojeda

Exceptional Gego leads Sotheby’s Latin American Contemporary Art Auction

Columna Reticulárea (1969) goes on public view Saturday May 20 for auction Thursday, May 25, 2017

Phillips’ May auction of Latin American art also benefits Colombian FLORA

Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, Mexican, and Venezuelan art on view Saturday-Wednesday, May 20-24 for auction Wednesday, May 24

Rivera’s Portrait leads Sotheby’s May Latin America Modern Art auction

Mexican, Cuban, and Chilean modernists on view at Sotheby’s in the Upper East Side, from Sat, May 20 for auction Thu, May 25, 2017

Tamayo leads Christie’s May Latin American Art auction

Mexican, Colombian, and Costa Rican art and more is on view at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center, Sat, May 20 for auction Wed-Thu, May 24-25.

Basquiat sets records at Sotheby’s Spring Contemporary Art auction

Basquiat sets records for American artist, Black artist, and art since 1980 at Sotheby’s auction in the Upper East Side, Thu, May 18, 2017

Santiago Calatrava puts Emotion into Motion at Marlborough (Review)

Marlborough Gallery in Midtown is exhibiting recent works by the architect of the World Trade Center Oculus, May 10 – June 17, 2017

Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art auction gets a good start on 20th Century Week

Brancusi’s La muse endormie sculpture sells for almost double its estimate. Picasso’s Dora Maar portrait also does well at Rockefeller Center on May 15, 2017.

Basquiat is the top cop at Christie’s Post War and Contemporary Art auction

Basquiat’s La Hara (1981) is one of the sale highlights at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center, on view May 5 through the auction on Wed, May 17, 2017

A Picasso shines in Sotheby’s Spring Impressionist and Modern art auction

Picasso’s Tête d’Homme (1969) is on view at Sotheby’s in the Upper East Side for auction on Tue, May 16, 2017

Sotheby’s Brings Pre-Columbian Antiquities to Market

Mexican, Peruvian, and Chilean antiquities are on sale in the Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas auction, Mon, May 15, 2017

Michelangelo’s touch makes the Met Museum divine

“Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” is a major exhibition at the Met Fifth Avenue, November 13, 2017 – February 12, 2018

Metropolitan Museum of Art is NYC’s Encyclopedia of Art

The biggest art museum in the U.S. is New York City’s encyclopedia of art.

Context New York international art fair

Colombian, Cuban, French, Italian, and Spanish galleries at Pier 94 in Hell’s Kitchen, May 3-7, 2017

Art New York is an international contemporary and modern art fair

Colombian, French, French-Canadian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Venezuelan galleries at Pier 94 in Hell’s Kitchen, May 3-7, 2017

Frieze New York 2017, NYC’s big May contemporary art fair, is now slightly modern

Argentine, Brazilian, Colombian, French, Guatemalan, Italian, Mexican, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, and Spanish galleries are showing at Randall’s Island, Fri-Sun, May 5-7, 2017

TEFAF New York Spring 2017 is NYC’s edition of TEFAF Maastricht

Brazilian, French, French-Canadian, Italian, and Uruguayan galleries show Modern & Contemporary art and design at the Park Avenue Armory in the Upper East Side, Thu-Mon, May 4-8, 2017

Marlborough Gallery represents major international artists

This international modern and contemporary art dealer based in London with galleries in Madrid, Barcelona, and two in New York City represents major artists

Christie’s is the world’s leading art business

Latin American Art auctions in May and November are pillars of NYC’s Latin art scene

Iván Argote is nonchalant about power, politics, and history

The Paris-based Colombian artist’s show La Venganza del Amor (The Vengeance of Love) is the opening exhibition at Galerie Perrotin New York in the Lower East Side Apr 27 – Jun 11, 2017

Fritz Henle was “Mr. Rollei”

A retrospective of the international photographer’s 60-year career is at Throckmorton Fine Art in Midtown East, Apr 27 – Jun 24, 2017

Alessandra Sanguinetti looks at the policeman on the hill

Le Gendarme Sur La Colline opens at the Aperture Foundation in Chelsea with a reception Wed, Apr 26 at 7pm. Through Jun 29, 2017.

Throckmorton Fine Art is America’s leading dealer of Latin American Photography, and Pre-Columbian & Chinese Artifacts

Chinese Jades “Mythical Beasts – The Divinity of Dragons” through Apr 22. Argentine, Colombian, Cuban, Mexican, and Spanish work at the AIPAD Photography Show booth #500 Mar 29 – Apr 2, 2017

Carol Rama made Ugly Beautiful

Antibodies, the first New York museum survey of the Italian artist’s work and the largest presentation of her work in the U.S., is at the New Museum in the Lower East Side, Apr 26 – Sep 10, 2017

New Museum of Contemporary Art

Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum


An experimental contemporary art exhibition space in Queens that is affiliated with MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art

Cristina Camacho is an incisive artist who makes abstract canvases come alive

The Colombia-born New York artist’s “Tracing the Out of Sight” is at Praxis Gallery in Chelsea, Apr 6 – May 27, 2017

William Cordova breaks and reconnects timelines of history

The Peruvian-American artist shows an installation, “Smoke Signals: Sculpting in Time,” at Sikkema Jenkins & Co in Chelsea, Apr 7 – May 13, 2017

Sikkema Jenkins & Co contemporary art gallery

Contemporary art gallery in Chelsea that represents established artists such as Vik Muniz and Arturo Herrera

Crown of the Andes from Popayán, Colombia is at the Met

One of the most important surviving examples of colonial Spanish American goldwork, a piece used for centuries in Holy Week ceremonies, is on display in Gallery 357 at the Met Fifth Avenue

Carmen Herrera, a Minimalist’s Minimalist

The late career Cuban New Yorker is showing “Paintings on Paper” at Lisson Gallery in Chelsea, May 3 – Jun 10, 2017

Sebastião Salgado makes striking photographs of our changing planet

Kuwait is at Sundaram Tagore Gallery Chelsea, Mar 30-Apr 29. Genesis is at the dealer’s Madison Avenue gallery, Apr 1-29, 2017.

Lygia Pape “A Multitude of Forms” is Jeitinho art [Review]

The first U.S. museum retrospective of one of the most important Brazilian artists of the 20th century is at the Met Breuer Mar 21 – Jul 23, 2017.

AIPAD Photography Show is America’s leading fine art photography fair

The fair opens at Pier 94 with a private viewing Wed, Mar 29. The show runs Thu-Sun, Mar 30 – Apr 2, 2017

Affordable Art Fair offers art from $100 – $10,000

Start your art collection at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, Wed-Sun, Mar 29 – Apr 2, 2017

Teresita Fernández creates landscapes of illusion

The Cuban-American plays with the way we see landscapes in Fire (America) at Lehmann Maupin Chrystie Street Fri, Mar 17 – May 20, 2017

Lehmann Maupin

An established contemporary art dealer with several Latin artists that projects an international presence from Chelsea, Lower East Side, and Hong Kong galleries

MoMA Museum of Modern Art

Major gift from the Cisneros Collection and founding of the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute transform MoMA into the center of Latin American art

Whitney Biennial 2017 trend-setting contemporary American art

See what’s now, including work by Mexican-American and Puerto Rican artists, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in the Meatpacking District, Mar 17 – Jun 11, 2017

Raúl de Nieves in the 2017 Whitney Biennial

The New York-based Mexican mixed media and performance artist is in the 2017 Whitney Biennial in Greenwich Village Mar 17 – Jun 11, 2017

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz explores Post-colonial ironies

The Puerto Rican film & video installation artist is in exhibitions at El Museo del Barrio Jan 11-Apr 30, 2017 and the Whitney Biennial Mar 17-Jun 11, 2017

Whitney Museum of American Art

The leading museum of contemporary American art is including more Latin artists

Vik Muniz Brazilian Master Illusionist

The series Perfect Strangers is installed in the walls of the 72nd Street station of the Second Avenue subway. Vik goes abstract while staying true to his process with Epistemes a solo show of his new Handmade series at Sikkema Jenkins & Co in Chelsea, Feb 23 – Apr 1, 2017

ADAA Art Show 2017 hosts America’s top art dealers [Review]

Argentine, Brazilian, Cuban, French, Italian, Mexican, and Spanish artists are exhibited at the Gala Preview Feb 28 at the Park Avenue Armory. The show runs Mar 1-5, 2017

NADA New York 2017, the young art show

At Skylight Clarkson Sq in Hudson Square/SoHo Thu-Sun, Mar 2-5, 2017

Independent New York 2018 hip and established galleries

A hip vibe that is attracting established galleries. Italian, French, Portuguese, and Cuban galleries showed in 2017. The next show is Mar 8-11, 2018

Armory Week 2017 is NYC’s big week of art fairs

Armory Week 2017 is Feb 28 – Mar 1

American Museum of Natural History

The world’s largest natural history museum with over 33 million specimens, some of which are displayed in 45 exhibition halls, along with a planetarium and a library.

Sotheby’s Latin American Modern Art auction is coming in May

Sotheby’s May and November auctions are pillars of New York City’s Latin American art market. The next auction is May 25, 2017.

Jacob Lewis Gallery millennial aesthetics

Contemporary art gallery in Chelsea with a focus on millennial aesthetics

Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated

Sotheby’s Armory Week auction includes Brazilian, Chilean, French, French-Canadian, Italian, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Spanish, and Uruguayan artists Thu, Mar 2, 2017

Sotheby’s is one of the world’s leading art auction houses

This auction house in Manhattan’s Upper East Side holds Modern, Contemporary, and Latin American art auctions with Latin artists.

VOLTA NY invitational show of solo artist projects

Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Cuban, French-Canadian, Honduran, Italian, Mexican, & Peruvian art at Pier 90 Mar 1-5, 2017

Scope New York 2017 emerging international artists and galleries

Argentine, Chilean, Dominican, French, Italian, Panamanian, and Spanish galleries exhibit at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea Mar 2-5, 2017

Spring Break Art Show 2017 is where you’ll find the next, next big thing

The art fair that shows curators, not galleries, in underused historic New York City spaces, explores the “Black Mirror” of the selfie generation at 4 Times Square Feb 28 – Mar 6, 2017

Ximena Ojeda, art consultant

New York Latin Culture co-founder, art and social media consultant

The Armory Show 2018 is NYC’s big international art fair

The next show is at Piers 92 94 Mar 8-11, 2018

Wild Noise / Ruido Salvaje

Cuban art from the 1970s to the present is at the Bronx Museum Feb 17 to Jul 3, 2017

Bronx Museum of the Arts

A contemporary art museum with a focus on art that has connections to the Bronx community

Mario de Vega the sound of space

The Mexican sound artist translates high and low frequencies into audible sounds to produce visceral, psychoacoustic reactions at Issue Project Room in Downtown, Brooklyn Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Jewish Museum preserves Jewish art and culture

One of the world’s leading museums of Jewish art and culture occasionally exhibits artists from Latin countries

Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim

Examines the modern permanent collection through the eyes of key patrons who created the museum, Feb 10 – Sep 6, 2017

Guggenheim Museum

One of the world’s great collections of modern art

Museum of the Moving Image

A museum of film, television, and digital media that presents exhibitions and movie screenings

Jaume Plensa “Silence” [Review]

A new configuration of the Spanish artist’s monumental sculpture “Silence” is at Galerie Lelong in Chelsea Feb 2 – Mar 11, 2017

Galerie Lelong

NYC gallery of Parisian contemporary art dealer Daniel Lelong represents several important Latin artists including Alfredo Jaar and Hélio Oiticica

Winter Antiques Show is America’s premiere antiques show

Throckmorton Fine Art features pre-Columbian artifacts from Mexico at the show Jan 20-29 with an opening night preview Thu, Jan 19, 2017

Sotheby’s Master Paintings & Sculpture Evening Sale

Highlights of the January 2017 auction include a unique Velázquez bodegón and an El Greco Wed, Jan 25, 2017. On view Jan 20-Jan 25.

Mateo López “Undo List”

The Colombian artist has his first solo museum show in the United States “Undo List” at The Drawing Center in SoHo Jan 20 – Mar 19, 2017

Drawing Center

A museum of historical and contemporary drawings that has expressed a commitment to exhibit the work of Latin American artists.

Fernando do Campo “I Always Hear You Before I See You”

The young Argentine artist mixes longing and bird-watching into his abstract paintings at Praxis Gallery Jan 12 – Feb 6, 2017

Ricardo Maffei, hyper-realist painter

The Chilean hyper-realist artist’s sixth solo exhibition at Marlborough Gallery is Jan 11 – Feb 4, 2017

Javier Romero “Sticks and Stones”

The Spanish abstract artist shows new work in his “Sticks and Stones” series at Jacob Lewis Gallery Jan 13 – Feb 18, 2017

El Museo del Barrio

New York City’s museum of Latin American, Caribbean, and especially Puerto Rican art

Papo Colo ~ Procesión-Migración

The Puerto Rican performance artist gets support for his latest performance Procesión-Migración with the Puertos Ricos Festival at MoMA PS1 Jan 6-8, 2017

Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed

This exhibition of 150 objects from Central America at the National Museum of the American Indian has been extended through December 2017

Christie’s Latin American Art

Christie’s auctions Latin American Art in May and November.

The Frick Collection

A museum and library of Old Master paintings, European sculpture, and Decorative arts built around industrialist Henry Frick’s former home and personal collection.

Maurizio Cattelan: “America”

The Italian artist’s installation at the Guggenheim teases our infatuation with the 1%, implies our common humanity, and questions what is art.

Met Cloisters

Reassembled French monasteries and abbeys house a famed collection of medieval European art.

Under the Cuban Sun

Iconic photographs of Cuba from 1933 to 2007
Throckmorton Fine Art
June 17 – September 17, 2016

Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty

Rare monotype prints by the French painter famous for ballet
Museum of Modern Art
Through Sunday, July 24, 2016

Vigée Le Brun

One of the great 18th century French painters was Marie Antoinette’s favorite portraitist
Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 15 – May 15, 2016

Christian Cravo: 25 Years

A photographic love story of the people and landscapes of Bahia, Brazil
Throckmorton Fine Art
January 14 – February 27, 2016

Bronzino Allegorical Portrait of Dante

Agnolo Bronzino’s “Allegorical Portrait of Dante” (1532-33) visits New York City for the first time to celebrate the 750th anniversary of Italian poet Dante Alighieri’s birth.
Italian Cultural Institute
December 15, 2015 – January 15, 2016

Graciela Iturbide is Mexico’s leading living photographer

At Throckmorton Fine Art in Midtown East Nov 14 – Jan 11, 2013

Dionisio González Halong Series

The Spanish photographer who imagines living spaces over real settings is at Galerie Richard Sep 5 – Oct 12, 2013

Paulo Laport

Paulo Laport’s paintings are like a crystal ball. At a glance it’s just a piece of glass, but when you stop and look inside, images appear like magic.

Zappa, Ramones & Punk

by New York Latin Culture February 17, 2013 Cecilia Jurado with works…

Sergio Hernandez ~ Popol Vuh

An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Mexican artist Sergio Hernández inspired by the “Popol Vuh” at the Mexican Cultural Institute’s Galeria Octavio Paz.

Instituto Cervantes

Spanish-language school and cultural center with NYC’s largest Spanish-language library, art exhibitions, film screenings, and performances

Cuban-American José Parlá painted murals at One World Trade Center, BAM, and Barclays Center. Catalan-Spanish muralist Josep Maria Sert painted the mural at 30 Rockefeller Center, replacing the notorious work of Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Time Warner Center houses a pair statues by Colombian artist Fernando Botero. The Spanish artist Manolo Valdés has some sculptures installed in the walkway outside Marlborough Gallery in Midtown.

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava designed the World Trade Center Transportation hub. Brazilian Oscar Niemeyer and French Le Corbusier were key architects of the United Nations complex. French sculptor Frédéric  Auguste Bartholdi built the Statue of Liberty.