Sunday October 26, 2014

At Venice Biennale, Cuban Pavilion Explores “The Perversion of the Classic”

This past Saturday, June 1, the 55th Venice Biennale officially opened to the public—and with it, the second Cuban Pavilion to be presented at the event. To celebrate the opening, Cuban Art News gathered statements from the Pavilion’s curators and three of its artists for a closer look at the exhibition and its concepts.

Auction Report: Strong Showing by Carreño, Lam, Herrera, and Sánchez

In this week’s Latin American sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s in New York, Cuban works turned in solid results—and a handful did better than that.

Rebel: A Cuban-American Woman in the U.S.Civil War, Part 2

The documentary Rebel, which aired on public television last week, reveals the little-known story of Loreta Janeta Velázquez (1842-c. 1902), the daughter of a wealthy Cuban family who disguised herself as a man and fought in the U.S. Civil War as a Confederate soldier. The film’s director, María Agui Carter, talks about her research for the documentary with Cuban Art News.

Auction Report: Amelia Peláez Sets New Auction Record at Phillips Sale

Cuban art got off to a strong start this evening with the first spring Latin American auction in New York at Phillips. Several works blew past their high estimates, including a record-setting piece by Amelia Peláez.

Rebel: A Cuban-American Woman in the U.S.Civil War

Who was Loreta Janeta Velázquez? In her documentary Rebel, filmmaker María Agui Carter explores the astonishing story of this pampered daughter of a wealthy Cuban family who disguised herself as a man and fought in the American Civil War. Was Loreta a historical figure, or a fictional character? Recent research indicates that she did indeed exist.
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