June 22, 2010In the same year that the Bolsheviks claimed power in Russia, Leo Matiz was born in the Colombian town of Arataca, also home of renowned writer Gabriel García Márquez. Matiz took photos of Castro in Venezuela in 1959; now, half a century later, his images are being displayed in Havana, and Matiz is acclaimed as a master of 20th-century Latin American photography.
February 18, 2010When American photographer Cathryn Griffith journeyed to Cuba in 2003, she discovered music, the Cuban mojito, and the equivalent of an urban architectural museum. In the streets of Havana, Griffith found styles dating from the late 19th century onward: Eclecticism, Neo-Gothic, Edwardian, Art Noveau, Art Deco, and mid-century Modernism—all transformed by the impact of the Cuban Revolution on January 1, 1959.
January 06, 2010When Barack Obama assumed the US presidency, it raised Cubans´expectations about possible changes in the relations between the two countries. Various US initiatives have positively influenced cultural relations.... However, Obama, as a charismatic figure, had so far not influenced the creations of Cuban visual artists.