Friday April 18, 2014

"Havana Havana!" Opens Doors to International Music Scene

You can go home again, as four well-traveled singer-composers—Raúl Paz, Descemer Bueno, Kelvis Ochoa, and David Torrens—deftly demonstrate in the film Havana, Havana!. The documentary by David Grubin has its U.S. TV premiere this Friday, July 27, on the PBS television network.

Book Excerpt: Alex J. Rosenberg on Art Appraisal in Cuba

One of our most popular posts of recent weeks was the story about appraiser Alex J. Rosenberg’s informal presentation, late last month, on art appraisal in Cuba. We’ve now had a chance to look over the book ourselves, and find it to be a thoughtful, comprehensive overview of the field and the unique challenges facing art appraisal in Cuba.

With that in mind, we thought Cuban Art News readers would enjoy a brief excerpt from the book, An Approach to Advanced Problems in Appraising Art with a special focus on Cuba. Here, Alex makes his case for art appraisal in Cuba as an independent professional field, separate from government sponsorship or support.

Blogwatch: An Architectural Take on the Biennial, Hemingway's Finca, and Chino-Cubano in NYC

One of the pleasures of editing Cuban Art News is the opportunity it gives us for catching up with the bloggers who write about different aspects of Cuban art and culture—food, maybe, or film, music, or topics further off the beaten track. With that in mind, we present our first “Blogwatch,” an occasional roundup of interesting posts from the global Cuban blogosphere. (A separate blogwatch for Spanish sites is coming soon.)

The Historian of Havana Comes to the U.S.

Anyone who has visited La Habana Vieja has seen the work of Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler, the Historian of the City of Havana. A crucial figure in the rescue and restoration of the city’s architectural patrimony, Dr. Spengler recently visited New York and Washington, D.C., where he talked about his ongoing work with packed crowds of urbanists, architects, and interested city-dwellers.

Update: Pérez and Miranda in NYC, Peña in Ibiza, and an Unsweetened “Daquirí” in Havana

Douglas Pérez and Ibrahim Miranda share a show at The 8th Floor Gallery, Daquirí sin azúcar (Daquiri Without Sugar) pours the art in Havana, and Umberto Peña readies a new show in Ibiza. In Miami, a Cuban artist tackles the French ancien régime and Glexis Novoa and Marta María Pérez Bravo come to CIFO in September.
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