Thursday November 23, 2017

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Update: CDAV Salon & Noviembre Fotográfico in Havana, Viso Steps Down at the Walker, Bruguera Coming to MoMA

Carmen 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.

Preview: Cuban Art in Next Week’s Latin American Sales

Next week, the three major auction houses hold back-to-back Latin American art sales starting Tuesday morning, November 21. While we await the results for Cuban artworks in the mainstream contemporary sales—previewed last week—here are the Cuban lots to watch in next week’s sales.

Awards! Choco, Lissette Solórzano, and El Silencio de Duchamp Are Among the Winners

Earlier 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.

Preview: Contemporary & Online Latin American Sales

Last summer, Sotheby’s announced that it was incorporating contemporary Latin American art into its mainstream sales. We follow up with a look at Cuban lots in next week’s contemporary auctions, and highlight the Cuban lots to watch in Christie’s online Latin American Art sale.

Olga Viso on Adiós Utopia, US-Cuba Relations, and the Changing Role of Museums

This 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.

Prehistoric Art in Punta del Este, Cuba

In 1937, archaeologists explored a cave in Punta del Este and documented petroglyphs found there. Art historian José Ramón Alonso Lorea presents some rarely seen photographs taken in the cave, and discusses the importance of this site.

El paquete semanal Comes to New York

How do you translate the jam-packed, dizzying diversity of el paquete—Cuba’s do-it-yourself, hand-to-hand version of the Internet’s information flow—into a museum exhibition? Artists Julia Weist and Nestor Siré—himself a monthly paquete contributor—spent two years answering that question. The results are now on view in Queens.

Saving the Surfaces: Rosa Lowinger on Cuba’s Facades & Decorative Finishes

From baroque to midcentury modern to eclectico cubano, many of the island’s historic structures are embellished with decorative features and integral artworks. In an article adapted from the Getty Conservation Institute newsletter, Rosa Lowinger talks about steps being taken to preserve some of the most visible elements of Cuba’s architectural patrimony.

Update: Soriano in Miami, Garaicoa in Turin, Black Gardens + 2 at Factoría Habana

A 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.

Pavel Acosta Proenza Wins 2017 CINTAS Visual Arts Award

This past weekend, the CINTAS Foundation opened its exhibition of this year’s finalists in the visual arts and announced the winner. Foundation president Victor Deupi reflects on this year’s competition—the first to include artists working on the island.
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