Tuesday September 30, 2014

In Conversation: Juan A. Martínez

Although he recently retired as professor of Art and Art History at Florida International University, Juan A. Martínez hasn’t stopped researching, curating, and writing about Cuban art. He talks about recent and upcoming projects in a conversation with Irina Leyva-Pérez.

VIDEO: Picadillo, the New York Times, and Nitza Villapol

Last week, the New York Times published a recipe for picadillo, calling it “the ultimate Cuban comfort food.” The accompanying article cited Nitza Villapol as a picadillo starting-point, describing her as “the closest thing Cuba has had to a Julia Child.” That sent us on a hunt for more about Nitza, including a video.

Update: Exhibitions, Conversations, Conferences, and an Auction

Teresita Fernández opens in Kyoto, Subasta Habana announces its upcoming auction, and Rafael Domenech opens in Miami. Cuban Art News publisher Howard Farber speaks in Havana, the CINTAS Awards are announced in Miami, and El Choteo cubano comes to New York.

Shining light on Cuban artists today

Alumbrones, a documentary by South African filmmaker Bruce Donnelly, opened in New York last Friday for a one-week run. Twelve artists—male and female, ranging in age from 18 to 65, of varying social and cultural backgrounds—eloquently discuss the importance of art in their lives, their styles and techniques, their philosophy of life, and their love of Cuba.

Collector Spotlight: Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Part 2

Following Part 1 of our conversation last week, we continue the interview with Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, with questions from fellow collector and Cuban Art News publisher Howard Farber. Here, the talk turns to her goals for her collection, the fate of Archivo Veigas, and what she sees ahead for Cuban contemporary art.
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