Tuesday February 21, 2017

Year in Review: The Top 5 Cuban Art News Stories of 2016

Which stories drew the biggest readership in 2016? What did they have in common? And what trends might they point to for 2017? Here are the top 5 stories for 2016, followed by quick links to the 5 runners-up.

In Focus: Alexandre Arrechea’s Tied Stone

As the year draws to a close, we’re turning our attention to recent exhibitions that are worth a closer look—including Alexandre Arrechea’s recent solo show at Fredric Snitzer Gallery.

Pedro de Oraá: “Concrete” Thinking on Cuban Abstract Art

With Cuban abstract art claiming an increasing share of international art-world attention these days, Lianet Hernández searches out one of its key practitioners, Pedro de Oraá. Winner of the 2015 Premio Nacional for visual arts and a vital champion of abstract art in Cuba, de Oraá is currently celebrated in Abstractivos, his just-opened exhibition at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

Bookshelf: Tropicana Nights, Concrete Cuba, and at Least One Manifesto

With the holidays rapidly approaching, here are our picks among recent books on Cuban art and culture—including new volumes on Luis Cruz Azaceta, Rocío García, and Félix González-Torres. Plus a new edition of Rosa Lowinger’s beloved nightclub saga, Tropicana Nights, with a cover by Alexandre Arrechea.

On the Sunset of Anatolia: The Persistent Images of Julio Larraz

Julio Larraz (Havana, 1944) is known for a distinctive, almost metaphysical approach to painting and composition. Responding to his recent exhibition at Miami’s Ascaso Gallery, Janet Batet ponders the enigmatic, inviting character of Larraz’s vision.
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