Tuesday April 25, 2017

Features

A Fertile Universe: Tomás Esson’s Miami Flow

Janet Batet surveys the art and career of Tomás Esson, and the tormented, mythological beings, erogenous plant life, and other motifs that populate his art, including the show that just closed in Miami.

Bronze Tales: Pedro Pablo Oliva at the Wifredo Lam Center

Pedro Pablo Oliva is a National Prize winner in the visual arts, and the Wifredo Lam Center is one of Cuba’s most prestigious art institutions. Havana-based art and visual media critic Hamlet Fernández ponders the lack of media coverage on the island for Oliva’s show, and its significance in the Cuban cultural dialogue.

Media Watch: Adiós Utopia

We survey the media landscape for Adiós Utopia and sample the writings it inspired—including this weekend’s New York Times.

In the Studio with María Martínez-Cañas

With her series Rebus + Diversions, María Martínez-Cañas draws on the archives of curator José Gómez Sicre to explore Cuban art history and her own biography. Here, Martínez-Cañas talks about five of her works and the stories behind them.

In Focus: Diógenes and the Light at Factoría Habana

“Light is a metaphor of honesty,” curator Concha Fontenla writes in her introduction to Diógenes y la luz (Diogenes and the light). With this concept as their starting point, José Toirac & Octavio Marín embarked on a metaphoric search through contemporary Havana for the equivalent of the Greek philosopher’s “honest man.”
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