November 21, 2017Carmen Herrera’s Whitney show opens in Germany, Marta María Pérez Bravo opens in Havana, and Esterio Segura’s winged hearts fly into Tampa. New York’s Cuban Art Space sets up shop in Minneapolis, and Cuba and the Cameraman premieres on Netflix.
Cuban Art News
November 20, 2017
November 14, 2017Earlier this month, Cuban art world saluted some of its distinguished longtime members—and a few emerging voices—with this year’s national prizes in the visual arts and curatorship, and the Guy Cisneros prizes for art criticism. Here’s a roundup of the winners and honorable mentions, and a photography award in Italy.
November 07, 2017This Saturday, Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 opens at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. We took the opportunity to speak with the museum’s executive director—herself a noted Latin American art scholar—about the exhibition, the wave of Latin American and Cuban shows in US museums, and the changing role of museums in this cultural moment.
October 24, 2017A double show opens at Galería Habana as La Gaceta de Cuba toasts its 55th anniversary. Galería Servando brings 2 emerging artists to the Artissima fair in Turin, where Carlos Garaicoa opens a show at Fundazione Merz. In New York, Juana Valdés joins a dialogue on art and politics, and Juan Carlos Alom has a show in Connecticut.
September 28, 2017It’s been not quite 3 weeks since Hurricane Irma struck Cuba and the Florida peninsula. In Havana and Miami, the art scene is starting its comeback. Gathered from official sources and informal communications with colleagues, here’s an update on both cities: museums, galleries, events, and a resignation.
September 07, 2017Elizabet Cerviño and Harold López open solo shows in Havana as Ruben Millares and Ernesto Oroza open shows in Miami. José Parlá and Michel Pérez Pollo bring new works to Milan and Zurich, and Gustavo Acosta and Andrés Serrano get ready to open in New York. And the list of Cuban artists in “Pacific Standard Time” continues to expand.
September 04, 2017Among the 70+ exhibitions about Latin America scheduled for “Pacific Time: LA/LA,” one of the most interesting—and potentially controversial—is Cuba Is, opening September 9 at the Annenberg Space for Photography. Curator Iliana Cepero talks about the show and its unflinching take on contemporary Cuban realities. "It's not the Cuba that appears in the tourist brochures,” she says.
August 17, 2017With more than 70 exhibitions and events in Southern California museums from San Diego to Santa Barbara, this Getty-led initiative is the most comprehensive, in-depth survey of Latin American art in the US. Here’s our guide on where to find Cuban art, artists, and exhibitions in “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.”
August 08, 2017Since Cuban Art News began publishing in 2009, a new generation of artists has come of age—US-born, of Cuban descent, with work that reflects the full range of their heritage and culture. Here (in alphabetical order) are 6 US-born Cuban artists to watch—emerging, emerged, and reaching broader success.
August 03, 2017A 3-part exhibition runs at Galleria Continua in Havana, a new exhibition opens at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, Jesús Hdez-Güero opens a solo show in Caracas, and top Havana artists show work in Key West. The Prodigious Decade continues in Miami Beach, and Francisco Masó brings his abstract canvases to Miami.
August 01, 2017Jorge Wellesley and Elizabet Cerviño are the last of six Cuban artists to take part in this spring’s international residency program at Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn. In a pair of mini-interviews, they talk about the program, speculate about its impact on their work, and compare New York to Havana—and Miami.
July 20, 2017Earlier this month, the exhibition Marta María Pérez: Un símbolo es una verdad (A Symbol is a Truth) opened at the Museo de Arte de Sonora (MUSAS) in Hermosillo, Mexico. In an email conversation, Pérez talks about the planning show, selecting the works, and what truth has to do with it.
July 13, 2017For José Manuel Mesías, history is the raw material of art, and much more. Re-examining revered legends and historical facts, Mesías exercises a certain scientific curiosity and an eye for odd artifacts. The result is a post-modern cabinet of curiosities, and an alternate reading of the nation’s 19th-century past.
July 11, 2017Servando Cabrera makes a rare appearance at Galería Habana as other Havana spaces host solo shows by José Manuel Mesías, Octavio Irving, and Rubén Alpízar. Classic poster design is celebrated in Santiago de Cuba—and coming soon, via Hollywood, to Pasadena. Dominoes start slapping at PAMM, and a massive Latin American initiative slowly unrolls across Southern California, bringing Cuban artists with it.
June 20, 2017Last fall, Nkame: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón made its US debut at the Fowler Museum at UCLA—the artist’s first museum exhibition outside Cuba. Now it’s on view in New York. Here’s a look at the show at El Museo, with excerpts from the exhibition essay by curator Cristina Vives.
June 13, 2017In Havana, Humberto Díaz finds abstract art in the New York subway while Carlos Garaicoa prepares an astroturf dystopia in Lisbon. The films of Ana Mendieta arrive in Sweden, and Tania Bruguera opens a retrospective in San Francisco. New York welcomes the art of Belkis Ayón, and the 1944 MoMA show returns in a photo-lecture in Miami.
June 07, 2017In the historic home of Hudson River School painter Frederic Church, Teresita Fernández brings her own work into conversation with that of Church and his contemporaries. In excerpts from her essay, Fernández explains the thinking behind Overlook: Teresita Fernández Confronts Frederic Church at Olana.
May 16, 2017Levi Orta and Gabriel Sánchez Toledo open in Havana, René Francisco “seminars” in Utrecht, and geometric abstraction arrives in São Paulo. In Miami, PAMM prepares a long-running show of Cuban art while two exhibitions salute the Cuban Republic and Eduardo Abela. Tania Bruguera opens a West Coast show, and waves a different sort of flag in New York.
May 04, 2017Last June, during the first Bienal del Diseño La Habana, the New York-based organization EcoArt Project announced “the first eco-sustainable furniture and lighting design competition in Cuba.” Now it’s showing off its finalists in a Design Week exhibition. And one of them will be headed to Italy.
May 02, 2017While Carmen Herrera’s show opens this evening, last Thursday a show of work by her friend Felix Gonzalez-Torres opened just a few blocks away. That morning, longtime gallerist Andrea Rosen, a close friend of Gonzalez-Torres and executor of his estate, guided visitors through the new exhibition at David Zwirner gallery.
April 18, 2017Tonel 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.
March 30, 2017In Havana, Los Carpinteros recover the lost architecture of the 1960s and ’70s, Reynerio Tamayo steps into the batter’s box, and GlitchMix explores the art of the digital error. Omni Zona Franca heads to Espacio Aglutinador, Emilio Pérez opens in New York, Glexis Novoa in Miami, and Cuban artists fill galleries in Paris and Key West.
March 14, 2017Angela Valella opens in Miami, a long-awaited San Alejandro reunion takes place in South Florida, Enrique Martínez Celaya opens in New York, and Cuban photography comes to the AIPAD show. A Yiddish-Cuban opera premieres in Havana, the play 10 Million comes to New York, and the Havana New York Film Festival kicks off with a preview and party in the Bronx.
March 07, 2017“Light is a metaphor of honesty,” curator Concha Fontenla writes in her introduction to Diógenes y la luz (Diogenes and the light). With this concept as their starting point, José Toirac & Octavio Marín embarked on a metaphoric search through contemporary Havana for the equivalent of the Greek philosopher’s “honest man.”
March 02, 2017This weekend, Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. By way of a preview, we open our coverage with the complete lists of artists in the show—a multigenerational roster whose works span close to 70 years of Cuban art and history.