November 01, 2016In 1982, the Cuban edition of La Ciudad de las Columnas paired Alejo Carpentier’s 1963 essay with images by a young, emerging photographer, Ramón Martínez (Grandal). Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Noviembre Fotográfico, Havana’s monthlong focus on photography, we present a selection of Grandal’s images with an essay by curator Abelardo Mena.
Abelardo Mena Chicuri
February 26, 2015This past fall, one of the highlights of the 6th Salon of Contemporary Cuban Art was Caridad Blanco’s exhibition The Other Narrations: A Decade of Independent Animation. In a conversation with Abelardo Mena, Blanco talks about the show and animation as a medium in Cuban art and culture.
December 18, 2014The handshake between Barack Obama and Raúl Castro last December rippled throughout the world’s media. In the wake of yesterday's historic resumption of official relations between Cuba and the US, Abelardo Mena, Havana editor for Cuban Art News, offers a meditation on Alexis Esquivel's painting of the event.
September 18, 2012This summer, Havana saw solo shows by two women artists from different generations, revealing distinctive visions. At Galería Habana in Línea Street, the desirous beings of painter Rocío García inhabited her canvases with the lightness of comic-book characters; at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, a centennial homage showcased sculptor Rita Longa´s women of stone, plaster, and marble.
March 20, 2012Sacrificio en la encrucijada (Sacrifice at the Crossroads) is not your usual solo show. Instead of dazzling visitors with an array of new work, Kcho chose to share his creative process on an intimate level—curating the exhibition entirely from his own collection, incorporating dozens of personal sketchbooks, and inviting the Cuban people to rediscover his art for themselves. Abelardo G. Mena Chicuri, curator at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, reflects on the exhibition and the artist.