Tuesday April 25, 2017

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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.

Media Watch: Adiós Utopia

We survey the media landscape for Adiós Utopia and sample the writings it inspired—including this weekend’s New York Times.

Update: Tamayo Celebrates Baseball, Cordero Opens in Milan, Luna Headed to DC

In 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.

In the Gallery with Enrique Martínez Celaya

In a stroll around his new show in Chelsea, the artist spoke about how being Cuban has influenced his work, what the challenges he finds in painting, and why his work isn’t really figurative. And a possible new project in Havana.

Photographic Discoveries Shed New Light on MoMA’s Modern Cuban Painters

73 years after the landmark exhibition opened in March 1944, art historian José Ramón Alonso Lorea takes a detailed look at images shot by MoMA’s staff photographer, Soichi Sunami. His findings offer unexpected insights into the exhibition and its layout.

Preview: Havana Film Festival New York 2017

Now in its 18th year, the Havana Film Festival New York brings a broad selection of features, short films, and documentaries to the city’s moviegoers—and a panoramic look at contemporary Cuban cinema for anyone interested in filmmaking on the island.
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