Wednesday December 13, 2017

Books

“Inside Havana:” An Insider’s Look at the City and Its Architecture

For architect and urban planner Julio César Pérez, Havana is both a treasury of architectural history and a vibrant reflection of contemporary life on the island. With Inside Havana—a Havana-only version of Inside Cuba (2005), now out of print—Pérez and his collaborators balance the city’s grand mansions and public buildings with glimpses of more modest domestic spaces, intimate and personal.

Michael Dweck on Shooting “Habana Libre”

With its glamorous depiction of Havana’s beautiful and well-connected “creative class,” Michael Dweck’s Habana Libre (Damiani editore, 2011) puts an unexpected spin on life in the Cuban capital—one that would be right at home in the pages of Vogue or perhaps a Fellini movie. As he prepared a show of photos from Habana Libre—which opens tonight at Staley-Wise Gallery in New York’s Soho district—Cuban Art News caught up with the artist for a lively conversation on Cuba, farándulas, and the making of Habana Libre.

Update: New Sanchez Book, “Schneebett” in Miami, and the Allstars Hit SOB’s

A recent book takes a fresh look at a Cuban mid-century modernist, Enrique Martinez Celaya adds a touch of frost to the Miami Art Museum, and New York musicians reinterpret the classic Cuban songbook.

Rachel Weiss: “It Was the Force of the Work that Really Got My Attention”

Rachel Weiss is a professor of arts administration and policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, who has been traveling to Cuba, and writing about Cuban art, since 1986. Her book, To and From Utopia in the New Cuban Art, was published earlier this year by the University of Minnesota Press. Cuban Art News recently spoke with Weiss about the book, and about contemporary Cuban art in general.

“‘Strawberry and Chocolate’ and the Oscar”

After yesterday’s interview, film historian Juan Antonio García Borrero shares with Cuban Art News an excerpt from Hasta cierto Titón, his forthcoming biography of the internationally acclaimed Cuban film director.
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