Tuesday April 24, 2018

Cuban Art Shines at Art Basel 2017

Artists, collectors, and close to 300 galleries converge this week in Switzerland

Los Carpinteros, No es fácil, 2017

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After two days of invitation-only viewing, today Art Basel opens its flagship fair to the public in Basel, Switzerland. Close to 300 galleries are showing work by an estimated 4,000 artists. Drawn from listings on the Art Basel website, here’s a quick look at some of the notable Cuban artists and their galleries at the fair.

Los Carpinteros. Look for work by the duo (Marco Antonio Castillo Valdés and Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez) at the stand of Zurich-based Galerie Peter Kilchmann.

Raúl Cordero, Untitled (Haunted, delighted, cheated, fascinated...), 2016

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Raúl Cordero. Catch Cordero’s 2016 canvas Untitled (Haunted, delighted, cheated, fascinated…) at the booth for Mai 36 Galerie, another Zurich space.

Carlos Garaicoa, Mono borracho (Drunk Monkey), 2017 

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Carlos Garaicoa. In the exhibition hall, stop by the Galleria Continua stand for recent work by Garaicoa. Then Head to “Unlimited,” Art Basel’s curated platform for projects beyond the usual art-stand presentation, for his Saving the Safe. Addressing the dysfunctions of the global financial system, the installation consists of six miniature sculptures, done in 24-karat gold, of well-known world bank buildings—each in its own safe box. The “Unlimited” installation is presented by Galleria Continua and Galeria Luisa Strina of São Paulo.

Carlos Garaicoa, from the installation Saving the Safe, 2017

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Félix González Torres. From the gallery’s listing on the Art Basel website, fair visitors will find work by more than 20 artists at the David Zwirner booth—including at least one light string by González Torres, pictured here.

Félix González Torres, Untitled (Last Light), 1993

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Carmen Herrera. “Edition” is the section of Art Basel spotlighting prints, multiples, and editioned works. That’s where Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) is presenting work by a dozen or more artists—including Herrera, represented by two 2017 prints, Verde y Negro and Verde y Amarillo.

Carmen Herrera, Verde y Negro, 2017 (top) and Verde y Amarillo, 2017

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Reynier Leyva Novo. Look for Leyva Novo’s work at the Galleria Continua stand, along with Garaicoa and José Yaque.

Jorge Pardo. The stand of Berlin gallery Neugerriemschneider includes work by the Havana-born artist (and MacArthur “genius” award winner) exploring the intersection of art, design, and architecture.

Jorge Pardo, Untitled, 2015

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Zilia Sánchez. The Cuban-born, Puerto Rico–based Sánchez, known for her sculpted wall paintings, is one of the artists on view at the Galerie Lelong stand.

Andrés Serrano. Serrano’s photographic portraiture is among the work featured in the stand of the Italian gallery Alfonso Artiaco.

Andrés Serrano, Fatima was Imprisoned and Tortured in Sudan, 2015

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José Yaque. Along with Garaicoa, and Leyva Novo, Galleria Continua’s booth is featuring work by Yaque, including the mixed-media drawing Hasta las almas se disuelven en las aguas I.

José Yaque, Hasta las almas, 2017

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And last night… two films by Ana Mendieta were shown in “Earth Tales: The Politics of Soil,” a program of short films screened last evening at Stadtkino Basel as part of Art Basel “Events.” On the program: Mendieta’s Untitled: Silueta Series, 1978, and Birth (Gunpowder Works), 1981.