Friday October 24, 2014

Update: Umberto Peña in Havana, Carmen Herrera in Milan, & A New CD from Omar Sosa

Umberto Peña makes a celebrated return to Casa de las Américas, Carmen Herrera presents recent works on paper, the Center for Cuban Studies celebrates 40 years, and Tania Bruguera wins an award in Texas. Multi-Grammy nominee Omar Sosa launches a new CD and a U.S. tour, and Unfinished Spaces continues its international screenings.

Exhibition Focus: Waiting for the Idols to Fall

Is contemporary Cuban art fixated on a handful of familiar icons that represent “lo cubanidad”? Is it taboo to depict the “historic leaders” of the Revolution in artistic practice? Does a current reading of “lo cubanidad” demand new symbols—or any symbols at all? Orlando Hernández, co-curator of Waiting for the Idols to Fall, shares his thought-provoking exhibition essay with Cuban Art News.

In Conversation: Luis Enrique Camejo

The Havana-based artist, who’ll be showing his work in Miami this spring, talks about his career, ideas, and motivations with journalist Karina Durant.

Close-Up: Rafael Soriano

With two canvases recently acquired by the Smithsonian, the artist takes a pivotal role in a major survey of Latino art coming this fall.

Update: Falling Idols in NYC, Sex in the City in Havana, Graphic Art in Havana & Europe

Recent openings and upcoming shows shift the exhibition spotlight to Havana, as a German magazine expands the focus on Cuban graphic design. In New York, a new show opens at The 8th Floor, Agustín Fernández solos in Miami, and Cuban artists join a subconscious dream show in California.
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