Manuel Mendive - New Now New York Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Pan American Art Projects, Miami
    Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Manuel Mendive's artistic vision is shaped by Cuban culture, Santería, daily life and the creative spirit. The world Mendive designs in his artwork often combines water, fish and plants that together create a fantastical accord. The present lot has a mystical quality and includes Mendive's signature anamorphic figures situated in an elaborate, mythological landscape. Commonly regarded as a key player in the Cuban vanguard movement of the 1960s, Mendive's work is concerned with the sociocultural promotion of Afro-Cuban culture and its impact on Cuban identity. His works are infused with imagery that relates to his African heritage and Santería as both a religion and cultural staple of Cuba. The artist's work is included in many museum collections including the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, the Ethnographic Museum of Budapest, and the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, among others. He will be the subject of a major exhibition opening at the Bronx Museum of Art in July of this year, titled Manuel Mendive: Nature, Spirit, and Body.

Contemporary Cuba: Works from a Private Collection



signed and dated "Mendive 1987" lower right
gouache and pastel on paper
28 3/4 x 37 1/4 in. (73 x 94.6 cm.)
Executed in 1987.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $8,750

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New York Auction 28 February 2018