A Selection of Our Past Stories
At El Museo del Barrio in New York, The Illusive Eye takes its inspiration from a 1965 show at MoMA about Op art and related movements. But this time, the emphasis is on Latin America—and Cuban artists are part of the mix.
Opening next week at El Museo del Barrio, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Queens Museum of Art, Caribbean: Crossroads of the World surveys this rich and complex region through more than two hundred years of art and visual history. Here, Cuban Art News gives readers a first look at this thought-provoking exhibition.
Two shows of emerging art and artists go on view on the island, Los Carpinteros open their Bazar in Madrid, and Angela Valella and Pavel Acosta prepare solo shows in Miami. Abelardo Morell’s retrospective travels to Atlanta, Teresita Fernández is coming to Harvard and MASS MoCA, and 200 residency scholarships await their applicants.
At the Fowler Museum at UCLA, Transcultural Pilgrim: Three Decades of Work by José Bedia surveys the artist’s work from an interesting angle, blending his creative and spiritual practices into a seamless whole. The show’s curators, Judith Bettelheim and Janet Catherine Berlo, talked with Cuban Art News about the exhibition, Bedia’s work, and his position in the contemporary art world.
Tomorrow night, the Cuban comedy-horror film Juan of the Dead makes its Florida debut at the Miami Film Festival. The hottest ticket of the festival, it sold out its initial 1,700-seat screening weeks in advance, and more screenings have been added. Cuban Art News caught up with the film’s director, Alejandro Brugués, and producer Inti Herrera for a lengthy conversation about independent film production on the island, the zombie-film genre, and the making of Juan of the Dead.
This month, the third edition of Post-It—a juried competition, exhibition, and sale of works by island artists under 35—ended its run at four Havana galleries. Art and visual media critic Hamlet Fernández, professor at the University of Havana and three-time winner of the Guy Cisneros National Prize for art criticism, takes Post-It 3 as a jumping-off point for an assessment of the current moment in contemporary Cuban art, and where the field is headed.
From top-tier Chelsea galleries to venerable Miami strongholds and intrepid Havana outposts, Cuban art is turning up in more and more Art Week booths—especially at the flagship Art Basel Miami Beach. Here’s our roundup of where to see Cuban art in the 2017 fairs.
This year was marked by the deaths of several people whose achievements helped shape art on the island and internationally. We close 2017 by remembering individuals who made their mark on Cuban art and culture.