Monday February 19, 2018


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.

“Afro-Cuban Art Cannot Be Confined to a Ghetto”

While the sound of vuvuzelas greeted the first World Cup goals at South African stadiums, the Johannesburg National Gallery celebrated Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art, the first show of Cuban art presented in this country. Cuban critic Orlando Hernández, curator of the exhibition, graciously agreed to an interview about the exhibition and its origins.
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