Tuesday April 24, 2018

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.

Roberto Cobas: A Curator’s Eye

Roberto Cobas is one of the most experienced curators of modern Cuban art, having spent more than 20 years working with the collections of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana. In the first part of this two-part interview, which appears courtesy of CubaSi, Cobas shares his experiences of art curatorship across the island.

“Video Cubano:” Cuban Video Goes Global

Featuring 31 works by 22 Cuban artists around the world, Video Cubano debuted last week in New York City. With a slate of artists that included Alexandre Arrechea, Lázaro Saavedra, and Glenda León, the edgy, slyly humorous videos touched on topics like the military, the black market, sexuality, and freedom of expression—all from a distinctly Cuban perspective.

Yoan Capote: Fish Hooks, Minimalism, and the American Dream

This past week, Cuban Art News caught up with Yoan Capote, in New York for the installation of his exhibition, Mental States, opening tonight at Jack Shainman Gallery in Chelsea. Following up on last week’s short video interview with documentarist Ketty Mora, here Capote talks in greater detail about works in the show, and what it’s like to be an international artist based in Cuba.

“Cuba Avant-Garde” in China

Late last month, Beijing’s famed 798 Art District welcomed the work of contemporary Cuban artists in a rare exhibition of art from the island. Cuba Avant-Garde marks the 50th anniversary of Cuban-Chinese relations with dozens of works ranging from painting and sculpture to photography, video, and installation art.
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