Friday May 26, 2017

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Emerging Artists on Video

This spring, the Cisneros-Fontanals Art Foundation launched CIFO ArtChannel, a YouTube channel focusing on emerging artists and experimental art forms. Here, the first two videos on Cuban artists, with a brief written intro by CIFO director Eugenio Valdés Figueroa.

A Tribute to Luis Miret

Luis Miret, longtime director of Galería Habana and president of the auction house Subasta Habana, died last Thursday evening, May 11, at the age of 58. With contributions from friends and colleagues, Cuban Art News offers a tribute to a tireless advocate of Cuban art.

Tonel: The Art of Luis Miret

With the passing last week of Luis Miret, longtime gallerist and tireless promoter of Cuban art, the artist Tonel (Antonio Eligio) looks back on their friendship of 25 years, and the qualities that made Miret so pivotal to Cuban contemporary art.

Update: Ponjuán in Havana, Garaicoa in Spain, Bruguera in San Francisco & New York

Levi 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.

The Cine Cubano of Papacito Bach

Cinema may be an art, but it’s also big business. Jesús Hernández, the ISA-educated producer and promoter behind New York’s Bach Media, talks about the nuts and bolts of Cuban film production with Lidia Hernández Tapia—from Hollywood’s Fate of the Furious to the infrastructure needed for filmmaking on the island to thrive.

Enrique Martínez Celaya: “Jumping off the cliff with hands in the air”

Taking a line from a Zen koan as her title and starting point, Elvia Rosa Castro reflects on the art of Enrique Martínez Celaya, “a Renaissance man with a fractured identity.”

Going Green in Havana – An EcoArt Design Competition

Last 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.

Preview – Carmen Herrera: Paintings on Paper

With her 102nd birthday coming up later this month, the indefatigable artist continues her incisive exploration of form, line, and color. Here’s a quick preview of the works on view.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres in Chelsea

While 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.

Cuban Cinema Comes to the U.S. South

Which films were sold-out hits? Which ones didn’t quite work? At this year’s RiverRun International Film Festival, Elvia Rosa Castro was on hand to watch the audiences watching “Cuba on Screen.”
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