Tag : Enrique Martínez Celaya

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Christie’s – Auction results

The Latin American auction sale at Christie’s in NYC completed a few hours ago.

Virgilio Garza, Head of Latin American Paintings at Christie’s commented: “Major records for modern and contemporary Latin American works were set….  The sale was led by Matta’s La révolte des contraires, which realized $5 million, against the high estimate of $2.5 million, and set a world auction record for the artist, a long overdue recognition for one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

To view the results press on read more below.

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Snows of exile: Enrique Martinez Celaya’s Schneebett at the Miami Art Museum

Sunday, 10.16.11

By Anne Tschida

Special to the Miami Herald

The entry into this room at the Miami Art Museum, built specifically for this exhibit and seemingly recessed from the main gallery, is startlingly dark.

A dim light ahead suggests the way forward, but meanwhile a loud humming, or more like a chugging sound, fills the space, emanating from an almost old-fashioned looking machine. Turn the corner, and a bare light bulb hanging from the ceiling reveals a solitary chair, a somber antechamber. The view from the chair is of a bed, also lit by a single light bulb, which in turn has its own view out into a winter forest with trees covered in snow, bereft of leaves. Although the doorway to this third room is blocked by a low fence built of branches, look closely and the bed is covered, literally, in a frozen blanket with pillow.

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Enrique Martinez Celaya: SCHNEEBETT (Snow-bed) at Miami Art Museum

October 14, 2011 – January 1, 2012.

Opening Reception for Enrique Martínez Celaya: Schneebett
Featuring Miami Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, October 13, 6-8pm

Miami Art Museum

101 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130

From Soul of Miami

Miami Art Museum will present the United States debut of Enrique Martínez Celaya’s Schneebett, a major installation inspired by Ludwig van Beethoven’s convalescence and death in Vienna, Austria in 1827, originally created for the Berliner Philharmonie. Enrique Martínez Celaya: Schneebett will be on view from October 14, 2011 through January 1, 2012 in the Museum’s Anchor Gallery, a space dedicated to large-scale works from the permanent collection. The exhibition opening will take place October 13, 2011 from 6 to 8pm and feature a performance by members of the Miami Symphony Orchestra.

Schneebett, which reflects on and transports the viewer into the final hours of Ludwig van Beethoven’s life, was the first work of art commissioned for and exhibited at the Berliner Philharmonie since its founding in 1882. It was presented in 2004, and was shown in juxtaposition to the music of the Berliner Philharmoniker with special programming at the American Academy in Berlin. Schneebett was presented again in 2006 at the Museum der bildenden Künste in Leipzig where it offered a counterpoint to Max Klinger’s statue of the heroic Beethoven as the creative genius. The title, Schneebett (“Snow-bed”), is from a poem by Holocaust survivor Paul Celan, a meditation on death. To re-animate the spirit of those celebrated exhibitions, Martínez Celaya created a new version of the installation for Miami Art Museum, which opens with a performance of Beethoven’s late quartets by the Miami Symphony Orchestra. A video of the performance will be on view for the duration of the exhibition.

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About Enrique Martínez Celaya solo show at Gary Nader Fine Art, Miami

By Irina Leyva

Art Nexus Magazine Issue #80 Mar –  May 2011

Enrique Martinez Celaya is an extremely prolific and multifaceted artist. He is a painter, a sculptor, a photographer and a writer. He is a restless creator that conceives pieces beyond the limitations of a particular media. That¿s what pushes him to master different medias in order to recreate exactly what he had in mind. Despite the fact that he used various techniques, and consequently each piece is restricted to the potential within it, all his work shows a lyricism that transcends the visual aspect. He brings the poetry of his writings to his canvases, achieving a continuous flux of ideas and metaphors. His work has a fable quality; each one narrates a particular story, all connected to him at some degree.

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Enrique Martinez Celaya in group show PISSED ELEGANCE – Stephen Cohen Gallery, LA

May 14 – June 18, 2011

Stephen Cohen Gallery,

Los Angeles, CA


The historian Kenneth Clark purveyed the eventual end to abstraction, citing a cultural need for a fidelity to the real world in real time imagery.  In a world significantly gutted with imagery, abstraction at present is about creating a new space in which to think about present day life.
Pissed Elegant is representative of those concerns past and present.

Stephen Cohen Gallery is pleased to announce, Pissed Elegance, a group show of abstract works.  The exhibition will showcase a variety of media including painting, photography and sculpture. Featured artists include Arthur Siegel, Ed Ruscha, Arthur Ou, Brian Wall, John McLaughlin, Siri Kaur Bronlyn Jones, James Gobel, Benjamin Lord, Bob Magahay, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Chad Kleitsch, Jason David, Robert Stivers, Monique Prieto and Danny Jauregui.  An opening reception will be held Saturday, May 14 from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Sotheby’s Latin American Auction

We are pleased to announce the Sotheby’s Latin American Auction to take place on May 25 and 26.

The following Cuban American Artists are included in the sale:
Jose Bedia, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Julio Larraz, Agustin Fernandez, Carmen Herrera, Emilio Sanchez, Tomas Sanchez, Carlos Alfonzo, and others.

Click Read more for more information including viewing times.

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Christie’s Latin American Art Auction

We are pleased to announce Christie’s Latin American Auction to take place on May 26 & 27.  Location: 20 Rockefeller Plaza, NY

Viewing dates are:
May 21  10am – 5pm
May 22   1pm – 5pm
May 23, 24, 25 10 am – 5pm
May 26 10 am – 12 pm

The following Cuban American Artists are included in the sale:

Cundo Bermudez, Ana Mendieta, Jose Bedia, Julio Larraz, Humberto Calzada, Tomas Sanchez, Arturo Rodriguez, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Carlos Alfonso, and Miguel Padura.

You can also view works by the Grand masters of cuban art – Wilfredo Lam and Amelia Pelaez.

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Enrique Martínez Celaya – The Practice at Whale and Star

by Juliana Accioly

Miami Art Guide Magazine 28
Apr/May 2011

Enrique Martínez Celaya, a visual artist whose work is associated with the nature of human experience and the search for meaning that dominates so many contemporary societies, was a late bloomer. His interest in artistic expression began in his childhood, but art did not become his profession until well into his twenties. Painting was the starting point of his career, whose possibilities and limits he quickly expanded, crossing traditionally pictorial boundaries into other media like sculpture, installation, and photography. Set in the transient world of time and memory, identity and displacement, Martínez Celaya’s work embodies his belief that being a certain kind of artist means being a certain kind of person and that in and through art one gains clarity about himself and his relationship to the world.

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Enrique Martínez Celaya – Artist Talk at Miami Dade College

Thursday, Mar. 31, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

MDC Wolfson Campus, Building 7, Room 7128

300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Arts and Philosophy department will present a talk by renowned Cuban artist Enrique Martinez Celaya at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 31. The event will be held at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.

Cuban-born Celaya began his artistic career after studying applied physics at Cornell University and pursuing a doctorate in quantum electronics at the University of California, Berkeley. He eventually earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1994.