New York City is the world capital of Latin art. It’s a city of museums, galleries, art fairs, art auctions and public art. Like most human culture, art begins as an expression of faith to soften the journey through life and death. From there it grows into a hundred flowers.
If you look at American art the same way you look at European art, your own bias will blind you. They are different world views. The art world is beginning to recognize that one isn’t better than the other. European art is more European, American art is more American. Whether art is made from diamonds or trash is irrelevant. In fact art made from trash is probably more real. The diamonds are a sucker’s artifice.
There is great art everywhere. There is art on New York City streets too. In a way, being a New Yorker is an art form in and of itself.
February 17, 2020 – January 31, 2021 🇲🇽 🇺🇸 WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART Meatpacking District, NYC
Art Museums in NYC
Art Fairs in NYC
There are art fairs all year long, but they cluster around Armory Week in March and Frieze Week in May. Art Basel Miami isn’t in New York City, but the entire New York art world heads south in early December. That’s the rhythm of art in New York City.
Art Galleries in NYC
745 Fifth Avenue #407 at 58th St Midtown East, Manhattan Monday – Friday
Tuesday – Saturday CHELSEA, NYC Contemporary art gallery
Closed Sundays MIDTOWN, NYC ~ This New York/London gallery represents major international artists
Art Auction Houses in NYC
There are art auctions all year long, but they cluster in May and November. Auction exhibitions are museum quality and free. You can attend most auctions. Only a few require an invitation.
Sotheby’s folded their Latin American Art auctions into their general auctions. This has increased prices for Latin American artists.
One of the things we like about Christie’s Latin American art auction is the colonial art done in European styles by American, often Indigenous artists.
Like New York real estate, art prices seem to go nowhere, but up.
More Latin Art
Monday, June 29 – Sep 20, 2020 🇨🇴 🇨🇺 🇩🇴 🇺🇸
Thursday, September 3, 2020 MEATPACKING DISTRICT, NYC
Saturday, September 5, 2020 MURRAY HILL, NYC
Saturday, August 29, 2020 UPPER EAST SIDE, NYC
Thursday, August 27, 2020 MIDTOWN, MANHATTAN
Daily METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART Upper East Side, NYC The Atahualpa Emerald on this Marian crown from Popayán, Colombia belonged to the last Inca emperor
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Upper West Side, NYC
The Most Famous Latin Art in New York City That You Will Never See
In 1933 Mexican muralist Diego Rivera painted “Man at the Crossroads” (1933) over the atrium inside 30 Rock in Rockefeller Center.
The mural contrasts capitalism and socialism. Nelson Rockefeller was upset about the portrait of Lenin, so he had it torn down. It’s the most famous painting in New York City that you will never see.
Rivera recreated the masterwork as “Man, Controller of the Universe” (1934), inside Palacio de Bellas Arts in Mexico City.