Wednesday June 20, 2018

Lianet Hernández

Art Hits the Streets in Havana

Far from the galleries of Vedado and Miramar, Máisel López fills the streets of his Havana  barrio with art—specifically, portraits of neighborhood children. Lianet Hernández talks with López about his Colosos portraits and their impact, his dedication to working in grisaille, the Mexican muralists, and US artist Chuck Close.

Pedro de Oraá: “Concrete” Thinking on Cuban Abstract Art

With Cuban abstract art claiming an increasing share of international art-world attention these days, Lianet Hernández searches out one of its key practitioners, Pedro de Oraá. Winner of the 2015 Premio Nacional for visual arts and a vital champion of abstract art in Cuba, de Oraá is currently celebrated in Abstractivos, his just-opened exhibition at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

Glexis Novoa: A Havana Wake-Up

After leaving Cuba in 1993, for the past few years Glexis Novoa has lived in both Miami and Havana, where his solo exhibition, Las cosas como son / Things as They Are, opened last month at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. In a conversation with Lianet Hernández, Novoa reflects on his early years as a member of the plástica joven generation, his return to Havana, and the changes he sees in Cuban art and culture.

Ángel Ramírez: "Now at least there is a prospect of progressive movement."

In a conversation with Lianet Hernández, artist Ángel Ramírez talks about the evolving art market, the impact of digital technology, and why these days there is “too much engraving for its own sake."

Ernesto Javier Fernández: A Photographer in Black and White

In an afternoon of conversation, Ernesto Javier Fernández—himself the son of noted photographer Ernesto Fernández—talks about photography in Cuba through the generations, and his installation in the recent Havana Biennial, with Lianet Hernández.

VIDEO - Glenda León: "It takes me a lifetime to make a work"

Visitors to the recent Havana Biennial may have caught Cada sonido es una forma del tiempo (Every Sound is a Form of Time), a sound-concert project scored by Glenda León and performed by pianist Aldo López Gavilán. In a conversation with Lianet Hernández, the artist talks about her sources of inspiration, the pleasures of working in multiple media, and the importance of inner silence.

VIDEO: Lázaro Saavedra: “In the 80´s, artists believed in a future”

Last month, Lázaro Saavedra was honored with the 2014 Cuban National Award for Visual Art. In a conversation with Lianet Hernández, he looks back on his career, the role of humor in his art, his love of paradox, and what it feels like to hit 50.