Tuesday April 25, 2017

A Fertile Universe: Tomás Esson’s Miami Flow

Janet Batet surveys the art and career of Tomás Esson, and the tormented, mythological beings, erogenous plant life, and other motifs that populate his art, including the show that just closed in Miami.

Bronze Tales: Pedro Pablo Oliva at the Wifredo Lam Center

Pedro Pablo Oliva is a National Prize winner in the visual arts, and the Wifredo Lam Center is one of Cuba’s most prestigious art institutions. Havana-based art and visual media critic Hamlet Fernández ponders the lack of media coverage on the island for Oliva’s show, and its significance in the Cuban cultural dialogue.

Update: Design in Havana, Cuban Art in Germany, Campos-Pons at Documenta

Tonel brings Cuban art to Leipzig, Tania Bruguera directs a Samuel Beckett play, and Abelardo Morell shows experimental flowers in Midtown Manhattan. The Cuba Pavilion gets ready to open at the Venice Biennale, Carmen Herrera prepares a new show in New York, and Humberto Castro opens in Miami.

Cuba on Screen: The Wrap-Up on Havana Film Festival New York

In person and on film, musician/composer Chucho Valdés was a fixture of this year’s Havana Film Festival New York, as Cuban films took many top Havana Star Prizes. Nadine Covert has the wrap-up on the 18th HFFNY.

This Girl Is on Fire: Teresita Fernández

Last month, Teresita Fernández: Fire (America) opened at the Lehmann Maupin gallery space on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Havana-based curator and critic Elvia Rosa Castro considers the exhibition, its impact, and its place in Fernández’s creative trajectory.
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