Thursday December 14, 2017

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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.

Ad Reinhardt, Erased News and a 1934 Peso: Abstracting History at PAMM

Abstracting History focuses on the vast tradition of abstraction in Cuban art, tracing a conceptual through-line from Sandú Darié to emerging artists today. Janet Batet looks at some of the exhibition’s highlights. 

BienalSur: A Biennial for the Global South

The First International Biennial of Contemporary Art in South America—BienalSur—is taking place in 84 venues, located in 16 countries and 32 cities worldwide. René Francisco talks about his participation in this ambitious event.

In Havana, a New Vision for Espacio Aglutinador

Last month, Havana artist and curator Sandra Ceballos and Cuban-American artist and writer Coco Fusco launched a campaign in support of Espacio Aglutinador, Ceballos’s independent art space. Cuban Art News spoke with Fusco about the plans for Aglutinador and how they’re proceeding.

Holly Block, Longtime Advocate for Cuban Art, Has Died

Holly Block, executive director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts and a strong advocate for Cuban contemporary art, died on Friday night, October 6, after a long battle with cancer.

Update: Garaicoa in Beijing, Azaceta x 4, and a Casting Call from MoMA

After last week’s post-Irma Update on Havana and South Florida, we turn to news of Cuban art & artists in Europe, Asia, and around the United States—including a moving sale in Chelsea.
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