Tuesday February 21, 2017

Art Hits the Streets in Havana

Far from the galleries of Vedado and Miramar, Máisel López fills the streets of his Havana  barrio with art—specifically, portraits of neighborhood children. Lianet Hernández talks with López about his Colosos portraits and their impact, his dedication to working in grisaille, the Mexican muralists, and US artist Chuck Close.

Luis Cruz Azaceta: An Off-the-Walls Perspective

This fall, the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora opened in Miami with Luis Cruz Azaceta: Dictators, Terrorism, War and Exile. We spoke with art historian Alejandro Anreus, curator of the exhibition and author of the first monographic study of the artist, in a wide-ranging conversation about Azaceta, the Cuban diaspora, and a utopian idea for an ambitious exhibition.

Lezama by Cañas: A Master at Leisure

This fall, Cuban writer Leonardo Padura marked the half-century since the 1966 publication of Paradiso, the controversial novel by poet José Lezama Lima. As a tribute to Lezama and his extensive oeuvre, curator and critic Silvia Llanes reflects on the encounter, in the Havana of 1969, between the poet and a young photographer, Iván Cañas Boix.

2017 Preview: Cuban Art in US Museums

Whether in solo or group shows, Cuban art is a vital presence in US museums this year. Here’s a look at key shows opening in the first quarter of 2017, and a quick glimpse of the massive Pacific Time initiative coming this fall.

2016: Going Out with Poetry

Feeling the need for some poetry to finish out the year—this year especially—we asked poet and playwright Félix Lizárraga to select and translate a few poems from his recent book, Fuga del bosque. He responded generously, including a previously unpublished poem.
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