Tuesday August 4, 2015

“Life is an instant:” A Conversation with Gustavo Pérez Monzón, Part 1

This season, Havana—and Cuban art—have rediscovered an artist who long ago passed into myth: Gustavo Pérez Monzón. In a two-part excerpt from an interview with curator Elsa Vega and noted artist René Francisco Rodríguez, Pérez Monzón talks about his training and early years, the artists who influenced him, and Cuban art in the 1980s.

Día de los Reyes: Celebrating Afro-Cuba beneath Fata Morgana

Earlier this month, Manhattan’s Madison Square Park was the setting for Día de los Reyes, a community event celebrating Afro-Cuban dance and culture. Initiated by Teresita Fernández and the Madison Square Park Conservancy, it took place beneath the golden canopies of Fernández’s installation Fata Morgana.

Bienal Snapshot: Guillermo Ramírez Malberti’s Identidad

Using the artist and his family as an intimate frame of reference, Guillermo Ramírez Malberti’s exhibition is a meditation on the arc of the Revolution and its first generation. Abelardo Mena Chicuri, Cuban Art News Havana editor and the show’s curator, takes us through Identidad.

VIDEO: Wilfredo Prieto

Last summer, S.M.A.K., the contemporary art museum in Ghent, Belgium, hosted Wilfredo Prieto: Speaking Badly About Stones (Hablando mal de las piedras). In this six-minute video, Prieto talks about the work in the show—including several pieces that are currently on view at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana.

Bienal Snapshot – Alexandre Arrechea: The Map of Silence

At the opening for his exhibition now on view at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Arrechea talks about his sources of inspiration in Havana and what it means to present a major show there.
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