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An unillumated rock

An unillumated rock, 2014 - Wilfredo Prieto

about this work

An illuminated, an unilluminated rock (2014) was published on the occasion of Wilfredo Prieto's solo exhibition Speaking Badly about Stones in S.M.A.K. in Ghent in 2014.

about Wilfredo Prieto

Wilfredo Prieto is one of the most promising young artists to emerge from Cuba in recent years. He is often described as a ‘baroque minimalist’: he injects his work with a maximum of narrative power, meaning and emotion with minimal use of form and materials. His oeuvre is characterised by extreme minimalism, sarcasm and self-mockery. Ferran Barenblit, director of the CA2M in Madrid, describes Prieto's approach: 'Perhaps one of Wilfredo Prieto's cleverest tactics is his apparent invisibility in the relation between the work of art and the spectator.'

In particular that neutral approach, the limited interference of the artist, enables the spectator to interpret his works in their own way. As the artist himself regularly says: ‘Ideas exist in the real world, just like clouds. You can see them and catch them.’ In a certain way Prieto reminds us of the fact that everyone could have done what he did. Prieto allows the spectator a range of possibilities; a space of unprecedented richness, and this is what makes art a colossal and indispensable human activity.

His latest solo exhibitions were held at S.M.A.K., Ghent; NMAC Foundation, Cadiz; Sala de Arte Publico, Siqueiros; the 11th Havana Biennale; Praxis ARTIUM, Vitoria; Kunsthalle, Lissabon; and Dia Art Foundation in New York.

Wilfredo Prieto's work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including the Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz; Centre d'Art la Panera, Lleida; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam; Collateral Event of the 55th Venice Biennale; Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo, Madrid; 29th Sao Paolo Biennial; De Appel Arts Centre Amsterdam; 12th Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; and P.S.1 MoMA, New York.

His work can also be found in many public collections, including Colección Cisneros, New Cork; Collecció Cal Cego, Barcelona; Collection Museum of Old and New, Tasmania; CA2M, Madrid; Daros Collection of Latinamerican Art, Zurich; FRAC, Corse; S.M.A.K., Ghent; and Verbund Collection, Viena. Wilfredo Prieto received The Cartier Award (Frieze, London, 2008) and the 2000 UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts (7th Havana Biennial, DUPP, Havana, 2000).

Wilfredo Prieto is represented by the following galleries;
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Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam

NoguerasBlanchard, Barcelona / Madrid

Kurimanzutto, Mexico City

You can view more work on Wilfredo Prieto’s own website.

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