July 18, 2017At the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Interior Landscapes opens the three-part exhibition On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection. Janet Batet surveys the high points and thinks about what she’d like to see in the next installments.
July 06, 2017In Miami, Hacerse el Bobo / Playing the Fool takes as its starting point the figure of El Bobo de Abela, the beloved 1926 creation of artist and caricaturist Eduardo Abela. Janet Batet takes a closer look at the Bobo and his satirical descendants in the work of 3 contemporary Cuban artists.
July 06, 2017While Janet Batet’s article on the exhibition Playing the Fool considers Abela’s El Bobo and his contemporary descendants in Cuban art, satire did not start with El Bobo’s appearance in 1926. As a companion to her article on Playing the Fool, here is Batet’s brief history of political satire on the island.
June 02, 2016In Part 1 of our report on “Dialogues in Cuban Art: An Artist Exchange Program between Havana and Miami,” Janet Batet focused on the panel outlining the history of Cuban art in Miami. Here, she turns to the heart of the symposium: the panels featuring artists and curators from both sides of the Florida Strait.
November 13, 2014Temporality, sensory perception, and spatial relations are concepts at the core of Rafael Domenech’s artmaking process. In a conversation with Janet Batet, Domenech talks about how these concepts have informed his latest work, recently on view in an austerely beautiful exhibition in Miami.
June 24, 2014In Havana, the artist Candelario Lassa is known for ambitious, community-based art projects in the city’s San Agustín district. This spring, members of the Miami community got to experience Candelario’s socially committed art. Janet Batet gives us a closer look at Equipajes Personales.
October 16, 2012In a recent show of Cuban video art in Miami, curator Dennys Matos assembled an ambitious lineup of 21 artists, inviting “contemplation of what it means to occupy (a home, a plot of land, a city, a society…) and the relationship between occupying and building and the concept of the work of art in today’s global culture.”