Monday November 30, 2015

Miami Art Week Preview, Part 1: Museums and Galleries

Where to find Cuban art and artists beyond the fairs

At Pan American Art: Gustavo Acosta, The Book of Hours Series, 2015

Courtesy Pan American Art Projects

With the start of Art Week just days away, we kick off our annual guide with a look at Cuban art in Miami-area museums and galleries. Next week: Cuban art at the fairs.

Carlos Alfonzo at PAMM. In Miami, Alfonzo is best known for his large-scale ceramic murals at the Santa Clara Metrorail station and at Florida International University. At the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Carlos Alfonzo: Painted Works and Ceramics zeroes in on the other end of the scale: the small, molded clay and ceramic objects that Alfonzo painted with such exuberant brio. Curated by César Trasobares, the exhibition presents these pieces in the context of Alfonzo’s paintings and drawings done around the same time.

Carlos Estévez at the Frost. The artist’s first solo show in a Florida museum, Carlos Estévez: Celestial Traveler spans close to 20 years of the Estévez’s career, with more than 35 sculptures, assemblages, installations, and works on paper, including many presented for the first time. Nearing the end of a satisfyingly long run, the show is on view through January 3.

Carlos Estévez, Daydream Phone

Photo: Cristina Jatib, courtesy Frost Art Museum 

Pérez Monzón at CIFO. Opening just ahead of Art Basel Miami Beach, Gustavo Pérez Monzón: Tramas brings the artist’s geometric, site-specific installations to the CIFO Art Space. The show, which debuted last May at Havana’s Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, features historic drawings and installations re-created specifically for the Miami space. And there are special Art Week hours: from Wednesday, December 2 through Sunday, December 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Note: Friday, December 4 is by invitation only.   

Gustavo Pérez Monzón with his installation Vilos, 1981/2015, at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana

Photo: Pericles Lavat, courtesy CIFO Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation

And a CIFO event by Alexandre Arrechea. The organization Kreëmart invites artists to work in an unexpected medium: dessert. Next week it’s Alexandre Arrechea’s turn. Part installation, part happening, Arrechea’s More Beautiful Than Silence offers viewers the opportunity to explore a series of written-word sentences, then break apart the enclosing sugar fondant boxes with small hammers—an abstraction of taste through sound. Presented by CIFO and Kreëmart, the event takes place at CIFO Art Space on Thursday, December 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


You’ve Got to Know the Rules…To Break Them at the de la Cruz Collection. Opening Tuesday, December 1, this expansive group show surveys artists whose work references Minimalism, Conceptualism, and Abstract Expressionism while reflecting their own highly personal interpretations. The more than 40 international artists include Ana Mendieta, Félix González-Torres, Jorge Pardo, and Allora & Calzadilla. 

Jorge M. Pérez Collection at Mana Wynwood. In addition to hosting the Pinta Miami fair, Mana Contemporary’s Wynwood outpost—rechristened the Mana Wynwood Convention Center—is presenting several exhibitions. For Cuba-centric visitors, the one to catch is A Sense of Place: Selections from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection. Curated by Patricia Hanna and Anelys Álvarez, the show features more than 60 works by Latin American and Caribbean artists—among them, José Bedia, Carlos Garaicoa, Carlos Cárdenas, Sandra Ramos, José Ángel Vincench, Enrique Martínez Celaya, and Los Carpinteros, to name a few. December 3–6.

Shades of Grey at Pan American. This international group show spotlights works done only in black, white, and countless shades in between. Among the show’s paintings, photography, works on paper, and assemblages are graphite and charcoal drawings by Gustavo Acosta, graphite works by Jorge López Pardo, and paintings by Carlos Estévez.

Jorge López Pardo, Obispos, 2014

Courtesy Pan American Art Projects

Pan American Art Projects will move to a new space in January, but the space in Wynwood will be open through Art Week and beyond, with Shades of Grey running through December 20.

Kcho at Juan Ruiz. Opening this coming Tuesday, December 1, the Havana artist’s solo show brings new and recent work to the Juan Ruiz Gallery. Through January 30.

Parallel Paths at Latin Art Core. Abstract painters and members of the group 10 Pintores Concretos, Salvador Corratgé and José Rosabal were also good friends. At Latin Art Core, Parallel Paths: Recent Works by Two Cuban Concrete Painters brings the artists together for their first joint show in 52 years—and their last, following Corratgé’s death in 2014. Curated by Rafael DiazCasas, the show explores the similarities and differences in the artists’ styles, and their mutual influences.


Gory at Aluna Art. A pioneer of Cuban contemporary art, Rogelio López Marín—better known as Gory—gets a thoughtful second look in this survey curated by Adriana Herrera and Willy Castellanos, the Aluna Curatorial Collective. Through paintings, documentary photographs, and photo-based artworks, Gory: Notes for a Retrospective poses questions about photography and the archive as vehicles for articulating new constructions of reality, and about painting as an aesthetic exercise and existential reaffirmation. The show includes a group of photo-montages from the 1970s and 1980s that were reprinted using digital techniques.

Also at Aluna. The exhibition A Russian, A Chinese, and a Cuban walk into an Art Show, featuring the work of Guo Jian, Alex Ydzon, and Rubén Torres Llorca, has been held over. And tomorrow, November 28, Havana curator Elvia Rosa Castro launches her new book, Los colores del ánimo, at 7 p.m.

Heriberto Mora in Coral Gables. At the Canale Diaz Art Center, Heriberto Mora: Formas de la Quietud / Forms of Stillness presents the artist’s contemplative sculptures and paintings—including his recent “white paintings,” which depict everyday objects with intense luminosity. On view through December 13. See the online catalogue here.

Heriberto Mora, The Boatman, 2014

Courtesy Canale Diaz Art Center


Cuban Collectors at Vedado Social Club. A pop-up exhibition presents the art of Ernesto Rancaño, Antonio Guerrero, and Javier Guerra on Friday, December 4. Open from 4:30 that afternoon to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.