Friday July 25, 2014

Bookshelf: Cuban Contemporary Art, Design, Great Houses, and of Course, Padura

From Havana at its most stylish to four generations of women in an Afro-Cuban religious family, here are our picks for reading, reference, and leisurely browsing—plus an e-book by our Havana editor.

In Conversation: Roberto Fabelo on Fabelo’s Anatomy

Last month saw the opening of Fabelo’s Anatomy, Roberto Fabelo’s first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum. In a brief email interview, the artist talks about the show, the Malecón as a subject in his work, and what it’s like to use an antique book as the basis of his art.

Update: Summer Shows in Havana, Río, Mexico City, Andalusia and NYC

Havana’s Villa Manuela Gallery celebrates its 10th anniversary, René Francisco opens a solo show in Brazil, a Miami photo show puts a contemporary spin on Afro-Cuban spirituality, Tania Bruguera speaks at the Guggenheim next week, and Coco Fusco heads to MIT this fall.

Exhibition Walk-Through: Tonel’s Commerce at the Berlin Biennale

In his installation for the 8th Berlin Biennale, Tonel reflects on events of the 20th century and their impact on Cuba, the Caribbean, and the world. Here, his own words guide us through a photo walk-through of Commerce.

Cuba–NYC: Arlés del Río’s Nearness in Times Square

This past Tuesday, July 8, Arlés del Río’s public art installation, Nearness, made its debut in a pedestrian plaza in Times Square. It was an instant hit with the passing crowds. In a quick interview, the artist explains what he had in mind for the piece, and why it works.
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