Wednesday December 2, 2015

Miami Art Week: Cuba at the Fairs

Cuban art and artists at Art Miami, Pulse, and Scope, among others—and more visibility at Art Basel

At Scope Miami Beach: Jorge Otero, Untitled 2, 2015, at NG Art and Gallery

Courtesy Scope Miami Beach

This week Miami is the crossroads of the international art world, as one fair after another opens its doors. Here’s a guide—organized by opening date—to some of the top spots for seeing Cuban art, with a special focus on ABMB.

Many fairs are opening today with invitation-only VIP previews. Check art fair websites for details.

For more on Cuban art and artists in Miami-area museums and galleries, see Part 1 of our Art Week preview.


December 1–6

Art Miami is the fair of choice for several South Florida galleries. Cernuda Arte is bringing a generous selection of 20th-century masters, such as Wifredo Lam, Amelia Peláez, Mario Carreño, Víctor Manuel, and Mariano Rodríguez. But you’ll also find contemporary artists at the Cernuda Arte booth, such as Tomás Sánchez, Manuel Mendive, Pedro Pablo Oliva, Tania Bruguera, and Roberto Fabelo.

Pan American Art Projects, another Art Miami regular, is featuring works by Gustavo Acosta, Abel Barroso, Carlos Estévez, and Juan Roberto Diago. At Tresart, look for work by 20th-century artists like Loló Soldevilla. And for work by Julio Larraz—the subject of a recent Cuban Art News interview—check Ascaso Gallery.

Work by Abel Barroso will be shown by Pan American Art Projects; here, Abel Barroso, Untitled, 2014.

Courtesy Pan American Art Projects


December 1–6

Spotlighting emerging and mid-career artists, Art Miami’s sister fair is also seeing its share of Cuban artists this year. You’ll find many of them in the presentation by New York’s 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, showcasing work by Armando Mariño, Elio Rodríguez, José Ángel Vincench, and Esterio Segura.

Elio Rodríguez, Ceiba Negra; 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel will show work by Rodríguez and other Cuban artists.

Courtesy 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel

Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery is showing work by José Bedia, and it may be worth checking Miami “pop-up museum” The Chill Concept, which has Ángel Delgado and Gladys Triana on its artist roster.


December 1–5

At Pulse, two Chelsea galleries are showing artists featured in recent solo shows. Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery is presenting work by painter and sculptor José Parlá. Julie Saul Gallery has photography-based art by María Martínez-Cañas, the subject of a Cuban Art News interview this autumn.

María Martínez-Cañas, Vestigios: Untitled 003, 2015; Julie Saul Gallery will show work by Martínez-Cañas at Pulse Miami Beach.

Courtesy Julie Saul Gallery

Glenda León—also interviewed recently by Cuban Art News—will be shown by the Barcelona art space Galería Senda, which is also showing work by Anthony Goicolea.


December 1–6

An international cross-section of galleries are showing Cuban artists at Scope. Panama City–based NG Art and Gallery is presenting hand-woven photographic work by Jorge Otero and sculpture by Roberto Fabelo. LaCa Projects, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, has work by Carlos Estévez and Vicente Hernández.

Buenos Aires–based Res Non Verba is presenting work by Hugo Orlandini, and The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts, is showcasing Alex Hernández and Adrián Fernández.


December 1–6

Pinta bills itself as the only curated boutique art fair with a specific geographic focus, with the idea of serving as an international platform for Ibero-american issues and identities. The fair is organized into sections—modern, contemporary, photography, drawing, project, and forum—curated by Osbel Suárez, José Antonio Navarrete, Rodrigo Alonso, Roc Laseca, and Jesús Fuenmayor, among others.

There’s not much information on participating exhibitors, but we do know that Aluna Art Foundation is presenting a version of its recent exhibition, Affective Architectures, which will include work by Florencio Gelabert, Ernesto Oroza, and Ofill Echevarria.


December 3–6

It’s the major art fair of the Western Hemisphere, and the visibility of Cuban art and artists is markedly increased in this year’s edition of ABMB. 

Complementing the exhibition at PAMM noted in last week’s Miami roundup, ABMB veteran Frederic Snitzer Gallery is showing work by Carlos Alfonzo, Alexandre Arrechea, and Rafael Domenech.

Three Cuban artists are part of an international group being shown at Mai 36 Galerie of Zurich: Michel Pérez (El Pollo), Raúl Cordero, and Flavio Garciandía.

Fresh from the opening of its Havana space and a 25th-anniversary exhibition at the Wifredo Lam Center, Galleria Continua is bringing work by Carlos Garaicoa and José Yaque to the Convention Center.  

Carlos Garaicoa, Deleuze and Guattari fixing the rhizome, 2008; installation, 2015


As part of ABMB’s Kabinett program, Galerie Lelong is devoting a section of its booth to a presentation of sculptural shaped canvases and other works by Zilia Sánchez. Among the pieces on view: Antigonia, 1970; Módulo Infinito, 1978; El Silencio de Eros (1982–1990); and works on paper from the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Previewing a show of Ana Mendieta film works that will open at the gallery in February, Galerie Lelong is also screening Volcán, a 1979 super-8mm film by Mendieta that has been transferred to high-definition digital media. Other work by Mendieta will also be on view.

At Jack Shainman Gallery, look for work by Yoan Capote, whose solo show this summer filled both Shainman spaces in Chelsea. And Jorge Pardo will be shown by Petzel Gallery.

As a side note, Galerie Nathalie Obadia is showing photographs of Cuba taken by noted French-Belgian filmmaker Agnès Varda in the early 1960s. Many of the vintage prints have not been previously exhibited.

One don’t-miss event on this year’s Salon schedule: “New Role for Art in Cuba,” a discussion with Carlos Garaicoa, Glenda León, and Stéphane Aquin, chief curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, moderated by art historian Iliana Cepero Amador. 6 p.m. Thursday evening at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Look for more Cuban Art News coverage of Miami Art Week in the days to come, here on the website and on the Cuban Art News Facebook page