Yoan Capote - New Now New York Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

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

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present work is a study of an important installation that was presented at the 10th Havana Biennial in 2009. With this important preliminary watercolor, Capote presented a plan for a large-scale labyrinth that would fill an entire room, allowing viewers to become participants in a complex journey. When viewed from above, the labyrinth resembled the human brain and visitors could imagine themselves as neurons traveling through the pathways, carrying with them various notions, histories and dreams. This beautifully rendered watercolor brings to life the artist’s vision for a neutral public space of tolerance, where one can meditate and exchange ideas regardless of political, cultural and religious differences.

Contemporary Cuba: Works from a Private Collection


Open Mind / Mente Abierta

signed and dated "Capote 08" lower right; further titled "Open Mind / Mente Abierta" upper edge; further inscribed "Proyecto para Espacio Publico El espacio abierto al libre acceso de los transeuntes como metafora de nuestra mente. Obra que alude a la tolerancia como necesidad psicológica en la contemporaneidad [Open space made accessible to pedestrians as a metaphor of our mind. A work that alludes to tolerance as a psychological need in contemporaneity]" lower edge
watercolor on paper
19 3/4 x 25 1/2 in. (50.2 x 64.8 cm.)
Executed in 2008.

$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $25,000

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New York Auction 28 February 2018