Monday November 30, 2015

Update: New Shows in Havana, NYC, Miami, and a Quick Detour to London

In Havana, artist René Peña curates a show of his influences, “fresh paint” hits the walls at Galería Habana, and an intriguing group show explores memory and identity at Galería Servando. Cuban America comes to the Bronx, and the spotlight turns to local artists in Miami.

Cubans in Paris, Cubans at Home

Cuban music took the world by storm in the 1920s and 30s, and found a special welcome in Paris. Last month the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS) offered a rousing program that interwove the concert hall, the nightclub, and the theater, with music by José White, Eliseo Grenet, Ernesto Lecuona, Luis Casas Romero, Alejandro García Caturla, Sindo Garay, and Miguel Matamoros. The show also featured songs by Moisés Simóns, including excerpts from his rarely performed 1934 operetta Toi C’est Moi. NYFOS director Steven Blier reviews the history of this music in his informative program notes.

Emilio Pérez: Carving Abstraction

Earlier this month, Emilio Pérez opened a solo show at Galerie Lelong in New York’s Chelsea district. Rafael DiazCasas takes a close look at the works in Footprints on the Ceiling, and the inspirations behind Pérez’s art.

Pedro Pablo Oliva: “I don’t deliberately go in search of cubanía”

The painter Pedro Pablo Oliva recently presented his colorful expressionist works in Miami’s Latin Art Core Gallery, his first U.S. show in ten years. Janet Batet spoke with Oliva about his career and philosophy.

Photo Walk-Through: Kcho’s New Studio Complex

Fidel Castro’s opening-day visit was a global media sensation, but Kcho’s studio-workshop is news in itself. Karina Durant reports from Havana.
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