Carlos Garaicoa’s work examines Havana and the architectural policies that followed the 1959 revolution. Here an urban lot lays vacant and littered. “Terror” is scrawled across a cement stump, as if to signal a warning or critique of the surroundings. Garaicoa’s title invokes the philosopher’s stone, a mythic substance that could transform base metals into gold. Yet this association is tongue-in-cheek; the scene depicted is crumbling and neglected, suggesting the failures of the revolution.

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Galería Havana, Havana, Cuba
Acquired from above by present owner

No apparent condition issues.
Frame: 49 x 59 in (124.46 x 149.86 cm)

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Cuban installation and mixed-media artist, born 1967

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C es la piedra del terror la piedra filosofal?, 2001
Lot Number 21
Dye-bleach print
40 x 49 in (101.6 x 124.46 cm)
Edition of 3

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C es la piedra del terror la piedra filosofal?
  • Dimensions
    40 x 49 in (101.6 x 124.46 cm)