Monday October 23, 2017

Corina Matamoros: “Cuban Art Is So Strong”

Corina Matamoros, curator of contemporary Cuban art at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, was in New York recently as part of a Rubin Foundation fellowship. Cuban Art News caught up with her for a wide-ranging conversation about Cuban art, New York City, and why she wishes art were more like baseball.

New York Auction Report: Record Price for Lam, Strong Showing for Sánchez

This week’s Latin American art sales in New York saw record prices set for several artists, including Cuba’s modernist master Wifredo Lam. The Sotheby’s sale, which was held Tuesday evening, November 16 and Wednesday, November 17, produced records for eight works, including one of Lam’s. The Christie’s sale, which followed on Wednesday evening, saw particiularly strong results for contemporary Cuban painter Tomás Sánchez.

Luis Cruz Azaceta: Abstraction, Absurdity, and “the Cuban Condition”

Cuban-born artist Luis Cruz Azaceta left the island as a teenager in 1960—marking, in 2010, his fiftieth year of exile. With a new show currently on view at Pan American Art Projects in South Florida, he spoke, via email, about the influences that have shaped him as an artist, including his time in New York City and New Orleans.

"Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art"

As Cuban Art News readers may recall, the exhibition Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art opened last April at the Wifredo Lam Center in Havana. Now, American audiences have their opportunity to view the show: Queloides has come to the Mattress Factory museum of contemporary art in Pittsburgh. Hilary Robinson, Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University, offers a thoughtful take on the show and its provocative explorations.

Roberto Cobas: A Curator’s Eye - Part Two

In part one of this interview, which appears courtesy of CubaSí, distinguished curator Roberto Cobas reflected on his long and productive career at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana. Today, Cobas talks about his passion for film, his fascination with the work of Wifredo Lam, and what’s ahead for him and the MNBA.
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