Image rights: Courtesy the artist and NoguerasBlanchard, Barcelona/Madrid
Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative,
June 13–October 1, 2014
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund
About Wilfredo Prieto
Conceptual artist Wilfredo Prieto explores the power of humor as an artistic strategy in his installations and interventions. With brazen flamboyance, Prieto makes visual puns in literal yet unexpected ways—such as sweeping dust under a rug for one piece—and always subverts typical expectations of a gallery space. For Grasa, Jabón y Plátano (Grease, Soap and Banana) (2006), Prieto stacked the three titular objects, often seen to represent slipperiness, in the center of an otherwise empty gallery, perhaps alluding to the difficulty of assigning meaning to art; for Mute (2006) he transformed a gallery into a silent disco. Other installations are more politically pointed, as in his 2001 Apolítico (Apolitical), 30 publicly installed flagpoles flying national flags drained of their representative colors, thus making typical distinctions between the flags nearly invisible.
Cuban, b. 1978, Sancti Spíritus, Cuba, based in Barcelona, Spain