"'Vanitas' implies a reminder of the natural cycles of birth and death," Marrero says. "In the end, all those things are associated with vanity, as the entire exhibit is a symbolic bodegón of ideas on the subject."

Perhaps the piece that best captures the spirit of the exhibit is a tiny work crafted from 18-karat gold that distills the Cuban revolution's failures into a laughably minuscule form. Titled Toda la Gloria del Mundo Cabe en un Grano de Maíz (All the World's Glory Fits Into a Corn Kernel) (2013), the piece takes its name from a famous José Martí phrase appropriated by Fidel to extol his revolution and assure Cuba's people that their future would be peaceful, prosperous, and secure.

Vanitas vanitatum (2013), marble sculpture
Vanitas vanitatum (2013), marble sculpture

Location Info


Pan American Art Projects

2450 NW 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33127

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Midtown/Wynwood/Design District


"Vanitas": Through November 23 at Pan American Art Projects, 2450 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-573-2400; panamericanart.com. Tuesday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday noon to 5:30 p.m.

"In the end," Leyva says, "those illusions were all about vanitas, and that concept comes out strongly in this exhibit."

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