March 21, 2018This 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.
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February 06, 2018This 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.
January 25, 2018Responding 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.
January 23, 2018Solo 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.
January 16, 2018This 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.
December 26, 2017With 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.
December 21, 2017From 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.
December 14, 2017With 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.
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November 14, 2017Earlier 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.
November 07, 2017This 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.
October 24, 2017A 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.
September 28, 2017It’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.
September 07, 2017Elizabet 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.
September 05, 2017Among 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.