Wednesday August 16, 2017

Close-Up: Índice de imágines at Factoría Habana

For José Manuel Mesías, history is the raw material of art, and much more. Re-examining revered legends and historical facts, Mesías exercises a certain scientific curiosity and an eye for odd artifacts. The result is a post-modern cabinet of curiosities, and an alternate reading of the nation’s 19th-century past.

Update: Soriano in Southern California, Mendive in the Bronx, and Pacific Standard Time in LA

Servando Cabrera makes a rare appearance at Galería Habana as other Havana spaces host solo shows by José Manuel Mesías, Octavio Irving, and Rubén Alpízar. Classic poster design is celebrated in Santiago de Cuba—and coming soon, via Hollywood, to Pasadena. Dominoes start slapping at PAMM, and a massive Latin American initiative slowly unrolls across Southern California, bringing Cuban artists with it.

Playing the Fool: On the Tradition of Comic Politics in Cuba

In Miami, Hacerse el Bobo / Playing the Fool takes as its starting point the figure of El Bobo de Abela, the beloved 1926 creation of artist and caricaturist Eduardo Abela. Janet Batet takes a closer look at the Bobo and his satirical descendants in the work of 3 contemporary Cuban artists.

Laughing Matters: A Short History of Political Satire in Cuba

While Janet Batet’s article on the exhibition Playing the Fool considers Abela’s El Bobo and his contemporary descendants in Cuban art, satire did not start with El Bobo’s appearance in 1926. As a companion to her article on Playing the Fool, here is Batet’s brief history of political satire on the island.

Rosa Lowinger: “Deterioration and repair go together”

Cuban-born Rosa Lowinger is an award-winning fine-art and architecture conservator and the author of Tropicana Nights: The Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Nightclub. She recently spoke with Cuban Art News associate publisher Patricia Farber about architectural restoration in Havana, the city’s modernist architecture, and more.
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