Thursday February 22, 2018

Interviews

Luis Cruz Azaceta: An Off-the-Walls Perspective

This fall, the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora opened in Miami with Luis Cruz Azaceta: Dictators, Terrorism, War and Exile. We spoke with art historian Alejandro Anreus, curator of the exhibition and author of the first monographic study of the artist, in a wide-ranging conversation about Azaceta, the Cuban diaspora, and a utopian idea for an ambitious exhibition.

Pedro de Oraá: “Concrete” Thinking on Cuban Abstract Art

With Cuban abstract art claiming an increasing share of international art-world attention these days, Lianet Hernández searches out one of its key practitioners, Pedro de Oraá. Winner of the 2015 Premio Nacional for visual arts and a vital champion of abstract art in Cuba, de Oraá is currently celebrated in Abstractivos, his just-opened exhibition at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

Return Engagement: Consuelo Castaneda on her first Havana show in almost 30 years

Returning to Havana after an absence of almost three decades, Consuelo Castañeda presented her retrospective CCC 2016 at the restored Galería Orígenes in the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso. Tomorrow, she’s back with an art installation and sesión VJ in Vedado. In a chat with Rafael DiazCasas, Castañeda talks about her exhibition, the Cyber Cultural Center, and tomorrow’s event.

Does Artist Predict The Beginning of the End?

In a conversation with Lidia Hernández Tapia, Rachel Valdés talks about making public art for crowded city spaces, the relationship between installation art and painting, and the challenges of bringing her art to Times Square.

The Mysterious World of Belkis Ayón

Seventeen years after her death, artist and master printmaker Belkis Ayón is the subject of a retrospective at the Fowler Museum at UCLA—her first museum show outside Cuba. The curator, Havana-based Cristina Vives, talked with Lidia Hernández Tapia about the exhibition and how it came to Los Angeles.
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