Friday March 23, 2018

Awards! Choco, Lissette Solórzano, and El Silencio de Duchamp Are Among the Winners

Earlier this month, Cuban art world saluted some of its distinguished longtime members—and a few emerging voices—with this year’s national prizes in the visual arts and curatorship, and the Guy Cisneros prizes for art criticism. Here’s a roundup of the winners and honorable mentions, and a photography award in Italy.

Preview: Contemporary & Online Latin American Sales

Last summer, Sotheby’s announced that it was incorporating contemporary Latin American art into its mainstream sales. We follow up with a look at Cuban lots in next week’s contemporary auctions, and highlight the Cuban lots to watch in Christie’s online Latin American Art sale.

Olga Viso on Adiós Utopia, US-Cuba Relations, and the Changing Role of Museums

This Saturday, Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 opens at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. We took the opportunity to speak with the museum’s executive director—herself a noted Latin American art scholar—about the exhibition, the wave of Latin American and Cuban shows in US museums, and the changing role of museums in this cultural moment.

Prehistoric Art in Punta del Este, Cuba

In 1937, archaeologists explored a cave in Punta del Este and documented petroglyphs found there. Art historian José Ramón Alonso Lorea presents some rarely seen photographs taken in the cave, and discusses the importance of this site.

El paquete semanal Comes to New York

How do you translate the jam-packed, dizzying diversity of el paquete—Cuba’s do-it-yourself, hand-to-hand version of the Internet’s information flow—into a museum exhibition? Artists Julia Weist and Nestor Siré—himself a monthly paquete contributor—spent two years answering that question. The results are now on view in Queens.
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