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Artnet covered Sotheby's announcement that Contemporary Latin American art would be sold in the auction house's Contemporary art sales with a headline that exclaimed the move was, "signalling the sector's maturity."
The move recognizes the growing audience and appetite for work by Latin American artists and comes at a time when collectors and museums alike are beginning to seamlessly integrate Latin American work into their postwar art collections.
While the quote is undoubtedly true and has been part of a longer-term trend in the art market, the idea that Latin American art has matured is dismissive of, and condescending to, a broad range of artists who have been at the forefront of the art world for half a century.
There's also something else entirely taking place here. And it is all about the Contemporary art market. Let's take a step back.
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