Friday March 23, 2018

Cuban Art News

Is Ana Mendieta Having an Art-World Moment? Curators Weigh In

This year, Ana Mendieta (1948–1985) would have turned 70. Looking at several shows that focus on, feature, or pay homage to Mendieta and her art, Olga Viso and other curators and artists consider her work and its relevance today.

New York Art Week 2018: Where to See Cuban Art & Artists

The Armory Show is back in town this week, along with a cluster of additional fairs and events. Here’s a quick guide on where to find Cuban art during New York Art Week.

Update: New Cisneros-Fontanals Space in Madrid, Bruguera Tate Turbine Commission & More

CIFO announces a new exhibition space for Latin American art, Tania Bruguera is commissioned to create the 2018 installation in the Tate Turbine Hall, and Ana Mendieta comes to Berlin. Carlos Garaicoa opens in São Paulo, and Sandra Ramos opens in Miami.

Art Market Update: Cuban Art Goes International at Phillips

With next week’s “New Now” sale of contemporary art, Phillips makes good on its plan to integrate Latin American art into its international sales—including a special section on Cuban art.

Exclusive: Ella Fontanals-Cisneros on CIFO Art Space Closing & Future Plans

In a phone conversation from Madrid, CIFO founder Ella Fontanals-Cisneros spoke with Cuban Art News about CIFO in Miami, Cuban art and artists, her own collecting, and CIFO’s plans going forward.

Cuban Art – 6 Shows to See Now

The Kremlin faces off against the White House, the lines form at MoMA, and a historical center of US slavery contemplates Afro-Cuban history. A master printmaker’s retrospective arrives in the US heartland, and a conceptual photographer journeys deeper into assemblage.

Tania Bruguera on Untitled (Havana, 2000)

This past Saturday, February 3, the Museum of Modern Art opened Tania Bruguera: Untitled (Havana, 2000). At a media event last week, a conversation between the artist and two MoMA curators offered insights into the piece, its presentation at MoMA, and the process of bringing a radical work of performance art into a major museum collection.

Edel Rodríguez, “The Preeminent Illustrator of the Trump Era”

Last week, Edel Rodríguez opened Agent Orange, a show of his work chronicling Trump’s presidential campaign and first year in office. We take a closer look at Rodríguez’s art, influenced by the posters of his Cuban childhood.

Art Market Update: Changes at Phillips Amid Increased Museum Momentum

Responding to what it called “an increasingly globalized market for the category,” Phillips announced last week that it was incorporating Latin American art into its ongoing international sales. The move comes amid an increasing international museum focus on Latin American and Caribbean art.

Update: Hammons in Havana, Balart in Toledo, Diago in Charleston, Bruguera at MoMA

Solo shows for Grethell Rasúa, Adrián Fernández, and Ernesto Javier Fernández in Havana, a group exhibition celebrates 200 years of the Academia San Alejandro, and David Hammons creates an intervention with the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. José Parlá unveils a mural in Texas, and a new gallery opens in Harlem with a show of Cuban art.

6 Headlines… on Cuban Art & Culture

Here, we share stories that recently caught our eye—on Juan Roberto Diago, Memories of Underdevelopment, the jazz fest now going on in Havana, and more. 3 in English, 3 in Spanish, with excerpts in both languages.

5 Artists + 1 Curator on Climate Change: Cuba / USA

This past Friday, the exhibition Climate Change: Cuba / USA opened at the USF Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa. Here, the show’s artists—Javier Castro, Glexis Novoa, Celia y Yunior, and Tonel (Antonio Eligio Fernández)—and curator Noel Smith talk about their work, the show, and its themes.

7 Days... Of Cuban Art & Culture 

Introducing the speed-read for Cuban art events for the coming week. In this edition, top events in Havana, South Florida, New York, Madrid and beyond.

In Havana, 3 Months of Art, Conversation, and a Touch of “Futurist Marketing”

As the 7th Salon of Cuban Contemporary Art heads into its final weeks, we recap some of the highlights and look ahead to the closing events.

For 3 Kings Day, Playful Art with a Serious Side

With El Día de los Reyes Magos, Three Kings Day, coming up this weekend, we celebrate with works by Luis Cruz Azaceta and Carlos Estévez—two artists known for approaching serious themes with a spirit of play. 

A 2017 Farewell: Recalling Departed Friends and Colleagues

This year was marked by the deaths of several people whose achievements helped shape art on the island and internationally. We close 2017 by remembering individuals who made their mark on Cuban art and culture.

Video Jam: Art, Dance, and Music

With the holidays upon us and the year coming to a close, we look back with a few interesting videos of 2017: Teresita Fernández reflecting on her exhibition at Olana, new choreography from Malpaso Dance Company with music by Arturo O’Farrill, and a Lucas Award nominee for Video of the Year.

What a Year! The Top 5 Cuban Art News Stories of 2017

From the opening of Adiós Utopia in Houston to “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA,” from the 7th Contemporary Cuban Art Salon in Havana to Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach, 2017 was a jam-packed 12 months—including the worst hurricane season in recent memory. Here are our Top 5 stories for the year, followed by quick links to the 5 runners-up.

A Last-Minute, Cuba-Centric Holiday Gift Guide

If you’re like most of us, you’re probably scrambling to find the perfect item for someone on your list. If they happen to be art lovers, tech types, design mavens or Cuba-philes, these suggestions could be just what you’re looking for.

Update: Lam & Martínez Celebrated in Havana, HOME Comes to Houston, Cuban Art in Cleveland

With Miami Art Week behind us and the holidays approaching, we catch up on recent openings in Havana, gallery shows on the West Coast, the latest Knight Foundation awards & more. Carrie Mae Weems drops in on the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, The Cuban opens a new show in Miami, and in New York, the Cuban Art Center launches its last sale before the big move.

Paris in Havana: La Gran Espiral Celebrates the 1967 Salón de Mayo

In 1967, more than a hundred international artists sent work—or arrived themselves—for an unprecedented event in Havana. At the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Gran Espiral marks the 50th anniversary of the Salón de Mayo.

Miami Art Week - Cuban Art & Artists at the Fairs

From top-tier Chelsea galleries to venerable Miami strongholds and intrepid Havana outposts, Cuban art is turning up in more and more Art Week booths—especially at the flagship Art Basel Miami Beach. Here’s our roundup of where to see Cuban art in the 2017 fairs.

Miami Art Week – Cuban Art in Museums, Art Spaces, Galleries

Art Week starts early for Cuban art, with the first exhibition openings this Friday and more shows already running in museums and galleries around town. Here’s a roundup of shows to catch before—and during—the fairs.

Auction Recap: Strong Showing for Cuban Contemporary Amid Mixed Results for Latin American

In an interesting turnaround this auction season, Wifredo Lam and his 20th-century contemporaries weren’t the focus for Cuban art. Instead, contemporary Cuban art took the spotlight, turning in solid results and setting impressive new records.

Update: CDAV Salon & Noviembre Fotográfico in Havana, Viso Steps Down at the Walker, Bruguera Coming to MoMA

Carmen Herrera’s Whitney show opens in Germany, Marta María Pérez Bravo opens in Havana, and Esterio Segura’s winged hearts fly into Tampa. New York’s Cuban Art Space sets up shop in Minneapolis, and Cuba and the Cameraman premieres on Netflix.

Preview: Cuban Art in Next Week’s Latin American Sales

Next week, the three major auction houses hold back-to-back Latin American art sales starting Tuesday morning, November 21. While we await the results for Cuban artworks in the mainstream contemporary sales—previewed last week—here are the Cuban lots to watch in next week’s sales.

Awards! Choco, Lissette Solórzano, and El Silencio de Duchamp Are Among the Winners

Earlier this month, Cuban art world saluted some of its distinguished longtime members—and a few emerging voices—with this year’s national prizes in the visual arts and curatorship, and the Guy Cisneros prizes for art criticism. Here’s a roundup of the winners and honorable mentions, and a photography award in Italy.

Preview: Contemporary & Online Latin American Sales

Last summer, Sotheby’s announced that it was incorporating contemporary Latin American art into its mainstream sales. We follow up with a look at Cuban lots in next week’s contemporary auctions, and highlight the Cuban lots to watch in Christie’s online Latin American Art sale.

Olga Viso on Adiós Utopia, US-Cuba Relations, and the Changing Role of Museums

This Saturday, Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 opens at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. We took the opportunity to speak with the museum’s executive director—herself a noted Latin American art scholar—about the exhibition, the wave of Latin American and Cuban shows in US museums, and the changing role of museums in this cultural moment.

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.

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.

In Aachen, Cuban Art Comes Full Circle

The exhibition Art x Cuba: Contemporary Perspectives since 1989 opened last month at the Ludwig Forum Aachen in Aachen, Germany. In an email interview, co-curators Andreas Beitin and Tonel (Antonio Eligio) talked about the show and the trajectory of contemporary Cuban art.

From Havana & South Florida, a Post-Irma Art Update

It’s been not quite 3 weeks since Hurricane Irma struck Cuba and the Florida peninsula. In Havana and Miami, the art scene is starting its comeback. Gathered from official sources and informal communications with colleagues, here’s an update on both cities: museums, galleries, events, and a resignation.

From La Habana to El Barrio: Cuban Artists in Upper Manhattan

Havana artists Marlys Fuego and William Pérez have spent the past three months as artists in residence at El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109. We dropped by for a conversation as the artists installed their show, Self Illuminated, which opens tonight.

In “Pacific Standard Time,” Looking at a Digital Cuba

As “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” unrolls across Southern California, we continue to spotlight shows focusing on Cuba and Cuban artists. Here, we offer a look at the 10 artists in The Cuban Matrix.

Cuban and Latin American Art Gain Traction at Major Auction Houses

With Sotheby’s decision to fold contemporary Latin American art into its core contemporary sales and Christie’s spotlight on Cuban art, the auction market is catching up with museums and galleries.

As Flood Waters Recede, Salvaging Art and Artifacts

The hurricanes have moved on, the flood waters are receding, and the hard work of recovery has begun. For many artists, organizations, museums, and collectors, that includes salvaging and restoring the artworks in their care. Here are a few resources for that process.

Update: Inventario in Havana, Bruguera in NYC, More Cuban Art in “Pacific Standard Time”

Elizabet Cerviño and Harold López open solo shows in Havana as Ruben Millares and Ernesto Oroza open shows in Miami. José Parlá and Michel Pérez Pollo bring new works to Milan and Zurich, and Gustavo Acosta and Andrés Serrano get ready to open in New York. And the list of Cuban artists in “Pacific Standard Time” continues to expand.

Cuba Is: An "Uncomfortable" Show

Among the 70+ exhibitions about Latin America scheduled for “Pacific Time: LA/LA,” one of the most interesting—and potentially controversial—is Cuba Is, opening September 9 at the Annenberg Space for Photography. Curator Iliana Cepero talks about the show and its unflinching take on contemporary Cuban realities. "It's not the Cuba that appears in the tourist brochures,” she says.

Fall Preview: Art x Cuba, Abstracting History, Adiós Utopia & More

From Aachen, Germany to Lehigh, Pennsylvania, from Minneapolis to Miami and beyond, the fall season brings Cuban art into focus in group exhibitions, solo shows, and retrospectives. Here’s our guide to what’s coming up through November.

In Remembrance: Roberto Gottardi

Paying tribute to the winner of Cuba’s 2016 Premio Nacional de Arquitectura, who passed away this week at age 90.

Abstract Art, CINTAS Fellows, and “A Curatorial Gambit”

Next week, the Coral Gables Art Museum opens Between the Real and the Imagined: Abstract Art from CINTAS Fellows. Curator Elizabeth Cerejido previews the exhibition and talks about the thinking behind it—and what makes the CINTAS collection unique in Cuban art.
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