Thursday July 30, 2015

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.

Celia & Yunior: “We have never believed in the figure of the artist as an enlightened genius”

Earlier this year, the duo Celia & Yunior won the prize for Young Artist of the Year at the first international Cuban Art Awards, sponsored by the Farber Foundation. In an email interview, they talk about winning the award, their current work, where they are in their career, and where they see themselves, and Cuban art, in the coming decade.

Update: Fresh Paint in Havana, Lam in Brazil, Iconocracy in Spain, Cuban Video in NYC

While much of the art world catches its breath on summer break, we spotlight new painting in Havana, photo shows in Spain and Germany, Cuban video in NYC, and two exhibitions in greater Los Angeles. Plus advance news of fall shows, including a look at Ana Mendieta’s work in film, and late-breaking news about Tania Bruguera.
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