Tuesday December 12, 2017

Books

Matamoros on Martínez, Part 1: “Why didn’t they send someone older?”

In a presentation last month at The 8th Floor in New York City, Corina Matamoros, author of the recent book Raúl Martínez: La Gran Familia, spoke movingly about her relationship with the artist.

Book Talk: Raúl Martínez: La Gran Familia

This month, Havana curator Corina Matamoros was in New York for the North American launch of Raúl Martínez: La Gran Familia. To celebrate, Cuban Art News presents an interview with Matamoros that took place just before the book’s Havana launch earlier this year.

Update: Mariño in Chelsea, Garaicoa in Brazil, Triple Show in Zurich and Double Show in Berlin

Armando Mariño opens a solo show in New York’s gallery district, Carlos Garaicoa burns a city’s worth of candles in southeastern Brazil, two decades of Cuban video go on view in Miami, and so do 50 artist-painted fans. Zurich hosts a show of three Cuban artists, Berlin hosts two, and a new book on Raúl Martínez is celebrated in New York.

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.

Bookshelf: A Conversation About “Mario Carreño: Selected Works 1936-1957”

Along with its many exhibitions, performances, and other events, the 11th Habana Bienal also saw the launch of several books—among them, Mario Carreño: Selected Works / Obras Selectas 1936-1957 by collector, curator, historian, and gallerist Jesús Fernández Torna. In an email interview, Fernández Torna gives Cuban Art News readers a glimpse of the process involved in making the book, and the many experts on the island who contributed to it.
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