Wednesday November 22, 2017

Cuban Art News

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.

Cuban Art & Artists in “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA”

With more than 70 exhibitions and events in Southern California museums from San Diego to Santa Barbara, this Getty-led initiative is the most comprehensive, in-depth survey of Latin American art in the US. Here’s our guide on where to find Cuban art, artists, and exhibitions in “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.”

Hollywood in Havana Brings Cuban Poster Art to Los Angeles

Anyone familiar with life in Havana knows that Cubans are big fans of Hollywood movies. And with Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films, Hollywood will have the chance to discover that for itself. Here’s a sneak preview of the show opening August 20.

US-Born Cuban – 6 Artists to Watch

Since Cuban Art News began publishing in 2009, a new generation of artists has come of age—US-born, of Cuban descent, with work that reflects the full range of their heritage and culture. Here (in alphabetical order) are 6 US-born Cuban artists to watch—emerging, emerged, and reaching broader success.

Update: Cubans at Art Aspen, Lam Drawings at Lehigh, Without Masks in Havana

A 3-part exhibition runs at Galleria Continua in Havana, a new exhibition opens at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, Jesús Hdez-Güero opens a solo show in Caracas, and top Havana artists show work in Key West. The Prodigious Decade continues in Miami Beach, and Francisco Masó brings his abstract canvases to Miami.

2 Cubans in Brooklyn: Jorge Wellesley and Elizabet Cerviño

Jorge Wellesley and Elizabet Cerviño are the last of six Cuban artists to take part in this spring’s international residency program at Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn. In a pair of mini-interviews, they talk about the program, speculate about its impact on their work, and compare New York to Havana—and Miami.

Midsummer Round-Up: 6 Shows to Catch Now

Who says summer and art don’t mix? Heading into August, we think it’s a perfect time to recap 6 of the season’s most interesting—and still running—exhibitions, with our recent articles and photo walk-throughs.

Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art Arrives in Havana

Originally presented in South Africa in 2010, the exhibition Sin máscaras / Without Masks is now almost double its initial size. Here’s a quick look at the upcoming show at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, and the special events for opening week.

A Symbol is a Truth: Marta María Pérez at MUSAS

Earlier this month, the exhibition Marta María Pérez: Un símbolo es una verdad (A Symbol is a Truth) opened at the Museo de Arte de Sonora (MUSAS) in Hermosillo, Mexico. In an email conversation, Pérez talks about the planning show, selecting the works, and what truth has to do with it. 

Close-Up: Índice de imágines at Factoría Habana

For José Manuel Mesías, history is the raw material of art, and much more. Re-examining revered legends and historical facts, Mesías exercises a certain scientific curiosity and an eye for odd artifacts. The result is a post-modern cabinet of curiosities, and an alternate reading of the nation’s 19th-century past.

Update: Soriano in Southern California, Mendive in the Bronx, and Pacific Standard Time in LA

Servando Cabrera makes a rare appearance at Galería Habana as other Havana spaces host solo shows by José Manuel Mesías, Octavio Irving, and Rubén Alpízar. Classic poster design is celebrated in Santiago de Cuba—and coming soon, via Hollywood, to Pasadena. Dominoes start slapping at PAMM, and a massive Latin American initiative slowly unrolls across Southern California, bringing Cuban artists with it.

Nkame in New York: Belkis Ayón at El Museo del Barrio

Last fall, Nkame: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón made its US debut at the Fowler Museum at UCLA—the artist’s first museum exhibition outside Cuba. Now it’s on view in New York. Here’s a look at the show at El Museo, with excerpts from the exhibition essay by curator Cristina Vives.

Cuban Art Shines at Art Basel 2017

After two days of invitation-only viewing, Art Basel opens to the public today. Here’s our roundup of where to find notable Cuban art and artists in the gallery stands, curated sections, and special events of the art world’s flagship contemporary fair.

Update: Belkis Ayón in New York, Garaicoa in Lisbon, Art Basel Opens

In Havana, Humberto Díaz finds abstract art in the New York subway while Carlos Garaicoa prepares an astroturf dystopia in Lisbon. The films of Ana Mendieta arrive in Sweden, and Tania Bruguera opens a retrospective in San Francisco. New York welcomes the art of Belkis Ayón, and the 1944 MoMA show returns in a photo-lecture in Miami. 

Teresita Fernández at Olana: “Sometimes Landscape is About What You Can’t See”

In the historic home of Hudson River School painter Frederic Church, Teresita Fernández brings her own work into conversation with that of Church and his contemporaries. In excerpts from her essay, Fernández explains the thinking behind Overlook: Teresita Fernández Confronts Frederic Church at Olana.

Spring Auction Report: Strong Results for Herrera, Mendive, Fabelo and Cárdenas

With exceptional works and the largest number of lots by Cuban artists, Christie’s continued to position itself as a leader in modern and contemporary Cuban art.

Emerging Artists on Video

This spring, the Cisneros-Fontanals Art Foundation launched CIFO ArtChannel, a YouTube channel focusing on emerging artists and experimental art forms. Here, the first two videos on Cuban artists, with a brief written intro by CIFO director Eugenio Valdés Figueroa.

A Tribute to Luis Miret

Luis Miret, longtime director of Galería Habana and president of the auction house Subasta Habana, died last Thursday evening, May 11, at the age of 58. With contributions from friends and colleagues, Cuban Art News offers a tribute to a tireless advocate of Cuban art.

Update: Ponjuán in Havana, Garaicoa in Spain, Bruguera in San Francisco & New York

Levi Orta and Gabriel Sánchez Toledo open in Havana, René Francisco “seminars” in Utrecht, and geometric abstraction arrives in São Paulo. In Miami, PAMM prepares a long-running show of Cuban art while two exhibitions salute the Cuban Republic and Eduardo Abela. Tania Bruguera opens a West Coast show, and waves a different sort of flag in New York.

Going Green in Havana – An EcoArt Design Competition

Last June, during the first Bienal del Diseño La Habana, the New York-based organization EcoArt Project announced “the first eco-sustainable furniture and lighting design competition in Cuba.” Now it’s showing off its finalists in a Design Week exhibition. And one of them will be headed to Italy.

Preview – Carmen Herrera: Paintings on Paper

With her 102nd birthday coming up later this month, the indefatigable artist continues her incisive exploration of form, line, and color. Here’s a quick preview of the works on view.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres in Chelsea

While Carmen Herrera’s show opens this evening, last Thursday a show of work by her friend Felix Gonzalez-Torres opened just a few blocks away. That morning, longtime gallerist Andrea Rosen, a close friend of Gonzalez-Torres and executor of his estate, guided visitors through the new exhibition at David Zwirner gallery.

Update: Design in Havana, Cuban Art in Germany, Campos-Pons at Documenta

Tonel brings Cuban art to Leipzig, Tania Bruguera directs a Samuel Beckett play, and Abelardo Morell shows experimental flowers in Midtown Manhattan. The Cuba Pavilion gets ready to open at the Venice Biennale, Carmen Herrera prepares a new show in New York, and Humberto Castro opens in Miami.

Media Watch: Adiós Utopia

We survey the media landscape for Adiós Utopia and sample the writings it inspired—including this weekend’s New York Times.

Update: Tamayo Celebrates Baseball, Cordero Opens in Milan, Luna Headed to DC

In Havana, Los Carpinteros recover the lost architecture of the 1960s and ’70s, Reynerio Tamayo steps into the batter’s box, and GlitchMix explores the art of the digital error. Omni Zona Franca heads to Espacio Aglutinador, Emilio Pérez opens in New York, Glexis Novoa in Miami, and Cuban artists fill galleries in Paris and Key West.

In the Gallery with Enrique Martínez Celaya

In a stroll around his new show in Chelsea, the artist spoke about how being Cuban has influenced his work, what the challenges he finds in painting, and why his work isn’t really figurative. And a possible new project in Havana.

Update: Arrechea in São Paulo, Garaicoa in Houston, and Double Dulzaides in Havana

Angela Valella opens in Miami, a long-awaited San Alejandro reunion takes place in South Florida, Enrique Martínez Celaya opens in New York, and Cuban photography comes to the AIPAD show. A Yiddish-Cuban opera premieres in Havana, the play 10 Million comes to New York, and the Havana New York Film Festival kicks off with a preview and party in the Bronx.

In Focus: Diógenes and the Light at Factoría Habana

“Light is a metaphor of honesty,” curator Concha Fontenla writes in her introduction to Diógenes y la luz (Diogenes and the light). With this concept as their starting point, José Toirac & Octavio Marín embarked on a metaphoric search through contemporary Havana for the equivalent of the Greek philosopher’s “honest man.”

Opening This Weekend: Adiós Utopia

This weekend, Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. By way of a preview, we open our coverage with the complete lists of artists in the show—a multigenerational roster whose works span close to 70 years of Cuban art and history.
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