Tuesday December 12, 2017

Interviews

Luis Cruz Azaceta: Abstraction, Absurdity, and “the Cuban Condition”

Cuban-born artist Luis Cruz Azaceta left the island as a teenager in 1960—marking, in 2010, his fiftieth year of exile. With a new show currently on view at Pan American Art Projects in South Florida, he spoke, via email, about the influences that have shaped him as an artist, including his time in New York City and New Orleans.

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.

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 in Revolution” Opens in New York

On Friday, September 24, Cuba in Revolution opens at New York’s International Center of Photography (ICP). Showcasing approximately 150 images, the exhibition looks at Cuba before, during, and after the 1959 revolution, through the eyes of more than two dozen photojournalists from Cuba and around the globe.

Earlier this week, Cuban Art News caught up with Brian Wallis, chief curator at ICP and co-curator (with Mark Sanders) of the exhibition. Here, Wallis explains the thinking behind the show, the revelation of Cuban work rarely shown in the U.S., and why Ernest Hemingway keeps turning up at ICP.
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