Monday July 24, 2017

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A Symbol is a Truth: Marta María Pérez at MUSAS

Earlier this month, the exhibition Marta María Pérez: Un símbolo es una verdad (A Symbol is a Truth) opened at the Museo de Arte de Sonora (MUSAS) in Hermosillo, Mexico. In an email conversation, Pérez talks about the planning show, selecting the works, and what truth has to do with it. 

On the Horizon: Cuban Artists on Both Sides of the Strait

At the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Interior Landscapes opens the three-part exhibition On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection. Janet Batet surveys the high points and thinks about what she’d like to see in the next installments.

Close-Up: Índice de imágines at Factoría Habana

For José Manuel Mesías, history is the raw material of art, and much more. Re-examining revered legends and historical facts, Mesías exercises a certain scientific curiosity and an eye for odd artifacts. The result is a post-modern cabinet of curiosities, and an alternate reading of the nation’s 19th-century past.

Playing the Fool: On the Tradition of Comic Politics in Cuba

In Miami, Hacerse el Bobo / Playing the Fool takes as its starting point the figure of El Bobo de Abela, the beloved 1926 creation of artist and caricaturist Eduardo Abela. Janet Batet takes a closer look at the Bobo and his satirical descendants in the work of 3 contemporary Cuban artists.

Laughing Matters: A Short History of Political Satire in Cuba

While Janet Batet’s article on the exhibition Playing the Fool considers Abela’s El Bobo and his contemporary descendants in Cuban art, satire did not start with El Bobo’s appearance in 1926. As a companion to her article on Playing the Fool, here is Batet’s brief history of political satire on the island.
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