• Marco Castillo:
    Parlor Games

    November 5, 2022 - January 7, 2023

    Haines Gallery proudly presents Parlor Games, the first Bay Area solo exhibition by acclaimed Cuban artist Marco Castillo. Featuring sculptures and works on paper exploring Cuba's interlinked design and political histories, Castillo’s exhibition addresses the socio-cultural changes in the island state, both past and present.
  • “As an important part of my recent work, this exhibition speaks from the interior of the Cuban culture itself, and how its legacy and domain is decided by the state powers. This show rescues an aesthetic universe forgotten, dismissed by power in order to perpetuate itself and its ideals."

  • The multipart mahogany sculpture Familia Castillo Valdes (2022), from Castillo’s latest series Juego de sala, offers a glimpse into personal spaces touched by the revolution. This wall-hung work recalls at once the interior of a home as viewed from above, and the Sputnik-inspired aesthetic in vogue during the Atomic Age of the 1950s. Juego de sala translates into English as “living room set,” but Juego can also mean “game.” This ambivalence is the inspiration for the exhibition’s title, Parlor Games, which suggests both a middle class family in playful repose and a political system rife with obfuscation.
  • Marco Castillo Familia Castillo Valdes, 2022 Mahogany 92 x 105 x 13 inches $60,000
    Marco Castillo

    Familia Castillo Valdes, 2022

    Mahogany
    92 x 105 x 13 inches
    $60,000
  • Parlor Games includes a series of works bearing the name of  important Cuban creatives — architects, designers, and intellectuals such as Gonzalo Córdoba, Ana Vega, Félix Beltrán, and Clara Porset, whose artistic and personal narratives were interrupted by politics. Once championed by the state to design a new, modern Cuba, their works were later denounced and stigmatized for promoting ideals that were later considered dangerous by those in power.
  • Marco Castillo Córdoba, 2019 Wood, rattan grating 75 x 39 x 23 inches $45,000
    Marco Castillo
    Córdoba, 2019
    Wood, rattan grating
    75 x 39 x 23 inches
    $45,000
    • Marco Castillo Ana, 2019 Wood, rattan grating 75 x 63.5 x 8 inches
      Marco Castillo
      Ana, 2019
      Wood, rattan grating
      75 x 63.5 x 8 inches
      $40,000
    • Marco Castillo Beltrán 1, 2019 Wood, rattan grating 63 x 63 x 2.5 inches
      Marco Castillo
      Beltrán 1, 2019
      Wood, rattan grating
      63 x 63 x 2.5 inches
      $30,000
  • Reflecting this period of utopian aesthetics and social tumult, Castillo’s sculptures merge elements of Modernist and Soviet-era design with materials and techniques traditional to Cuba, such as mahogany wood and rattan caning, while the works on paper feature trompe l’oeil renderings of these same forms and materials in watercolor.
  • Marco Castillo Clara, 2017 Watercolor on paper Paper: 39.5 x 45 inches Frame: 45 x 50.5 x 2.75 inches Sold
    Marco Castillo
    Clara, 2017
    Watercolor on paper
    Paper: 39.5 x 45 inches
    Frame: 45 x 50.5 x 2.75 inches
    Sold
  • Marco Castillo Eva (Bastidor), 2018 Watercolor on paper Paper: 51.25 x 39 inches Frame: 57.25 x 51 x 2.75 inches...
    Marco Castillo
    Eva (Bastidor), 2018
    Watercolor on paper
    Paper: 51.25 x 39 inches
    Frame: 57.25 x 51 x 2.75 inches
    $22,600 framed
    • Marco Castillo Joaquin (Bastidor), 2018 51.25 x 39.5 inches
      Marco Castillo
      Joaquin (Bastidor), 2018
      51.25 x 39.5 inches
      $22,600 framed
    • Marco Castillo Reinaldo, 2018 Watercolor on paper 51 x 51.5 inches
      Marco Castillo
      Reinaldo, 2018
      Watercolor on paper
      51 x 51.5 inches
      $25,700 framed
  • Castillo’s ongoing investigation into the visual lexicon of post-Revolutionary Cuba sees him embodying a fictional designer from this time. Colorful...
    Castillo’s ongoing investigation into the visual lexicon of post-Revolutionary Cuba sees him embodying a fictional designer from this time. Colorful works on paper from his Libreta de notas (Notebooks) series synthesize the period’s aesthetic modes.
     
    By tapping into Cuba's lineage of art and architecture, Castillo pays homage to a generation of artists who came before him, whose political persecution has newfound relevance in today’s world. "Parlor Games," the artist explains, "invites us to question the truth behind ideas such as beauty and the aesthetic environment that builds our societies."

  • MARCO CASTILLO, b. 1971, Cuba | Lives and works in Mérida, Cuba

    MARCO CASTILLO

    b. 1971, Cuba | Lives and works in Mérida, Cuba
    A founding member of the world-renowned Los Carpinteros collective, Marco Castillo has created some of the most important work to emerge from Latin America in the past decade. Since 1992, Castillo's work with the collective has been exhibited and collected by leading museums worldwide, including Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; and Tate Modern, London, UK. As a solo artist, Castillo has additionally exhibited in the 2019 Havana Biennial, Cuba; Turun Taidemuseo, Turku, Finland; Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, New York, NY; and UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles, CA.
     
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  • Installation views of Marco Castillo: Parlor Games at Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA; photo: Robert Divers Herrick