Wednesday February 21, 2018

Corina Matamoros, noted curator of Cuban art, publishes new book

“A Curator´s Look” includes texts on 18 Cuban artists

The publication of Mirada de Curador (A Curator´s Look), a new book on contemporary Cuban art, will be celebrated at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana on Friday, January 8, 2010 at 4:00 in the afternoon. Released by the Letras Cubanas Publishing House, Mirada de Curador gathers texts written over the past six years by Corina Matamoros, chief curator of the museum.

The book includes 20 essays on renowned artists as well as art trends. The first text, written in 1995, analyzes the relationship between José Bedia and Wifredo Lam, which Matamoros examined in the exhibition Resistencia y Libertad (Resistance and Freedom), shown at the museum in April 2009. Other essays consider individual works curated by Matamoros, or pieces by artists such as Sandra Ceballos, Juan José Diago, Los Carpinteros, Aimée García, Lázaro Saavedra, Moisé Finalé, Santiago Rodríguez Olazabal, Arturo Montoto, Abel Barroso, Douglas Arguelles, José Manuel Fors, Carlos Garaicoa, Tania Bruguera, Luis Gárciga, Yoan Capote and José Angel Toirac.

Mirada de Curador also includes two essays on methodological topics: “Curaduría, huracán de pasiones” (“Curatorship, hurricane of passion”), on the work performed by curators, and “Hablando con Kavafis” (Talking to Kavafis), written in the context of Homing Devices, an exhibition presented in Tampa in 2007.

Corina Matamoros has been the chief curator of the National Museum of Fine Arts, the largest Cuban art collection, for over 20 years and has visited and given presentations in important US and European arts institutions.