Monday September 15, 2014

Update: The Fall Season Begins

Installation view of Lázaro Saavedra, Bajo presión (Under Pressure), 2014, at the São Paulo Biennial

Courtesy Lázaro Saavedra

The 6th Contemporary Art Salon meets Habanarte in Havana. We begin our roundup on the island, where the 6th annual Salon de arte contemporáneo, which has been presenting conferences, discussions, and other events since February, joins the first Habanarte arts festival. The first joint contribution is xl’2 (por el dos), opening tomorrow evening (Friday, September 12). A collaboration between the Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales (CDAV) and the Fototeca de Cuba, the exhibition brings together young and emerging artists whose work is pivotal in the alternative flow of information on the island these days. The opening reception is at 7 p.m. tomorrow night.

CDAV’s offerings also include Muestra de cine 3D, a sampling of 3D movies assembled by Francisco Masó. The selections range from popular hits to less well-known examples of this technology. Open free of charge to the public (but not recommended for children under 7), the program screens tomorrow from 6 to 9 p.m., and then during regular CDAV hours plus Friday and Saturday evenings.

Opening Saturday at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam: Las otras narraciones, una década de animación en Cuba (The Other Stories: A Decade of Animation in Cuba). Curated by Caridad Blanco, the show includes both independent and institutionally produced work, from video art to public service announcements, feature-length cartoons, music videos, video games, visual experiments, installation works, and more. The opening reception begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

And save the date: October 2nd. As part of CDAV’s Contemporary Art Salon, Cuban Art News publisher Howard Farber and his wife Patricia will give a bilingual Powerpoint presentation about their art collecting, and the Farber Foundation and its activities, including Cuban Art News and the upcoming Cuban Art Awards. Thursday, October 2 at 3 p.m. at the Fototeca de Cuba.

Felipe Dulzaides at Galería Habana. Dulzaides’ third solo show at the gallery, Un día qualquiera 2007-2014 (Any Given Day, 2007-2014), opened this past Friday.  According to the artist, the show is about nuevas poéticas: new poetics of form, of content, perspective, and representation of everyday life—to “reform the form of content, all included.” On view through October 24.

Detail of Lázaro Saavedra, Bajo presión (Under Pressure), 2014, at the São Paulo Biennial

Courtesy Lázaro Saavedra

Saavedra in São Paulo. Last Saturday marked the opening of the 31st São Paulo Biennial, organized under the theme of “How to (…) things that don’t exist.” Among the participants: Lázaro Saavedra, whose “wall intervention,” Bajo presión (Under Pressure), explores the relationship of art, political expression, and the social imagination. The Bienal runs through December 7. For more images of Bajo presión, see the Cuban Art News Facebook page.

Ernesto Leal, from the series "Titles" (New rhetoric), 2010

Courtesy Tasneem Gallery

Gómez and Leal in Barcelona. Just opened this week, the Late Summer Exhibition at the Tasneem Gallery features work by several of the gallery’s artists—including Luis Gómez and Ernesto Leal. The show runs through October 15.

And on to Miami, where this weekend offers one event after another.

Carlos Martiel at Cannonball. As part of his residency with the Miami arts organization Cannonball, tomorrow afternoon and evening (Friday, September 12), Martiel will produce Sentence, a performance work that responds to his experience of contemporary Miami, particularly the economic and social disparity he has encountered in the largely African-American neighborhood of Overton. In the performance, Martiel will lie naked under a bedspread, heavily layered with concrete and bolted to the sidewalk, for as long as he is physically capable of doing so.

Angela Valella at Art@Work. Opening this Saturday, September 13, Objects, Spoonful and Buildings is Valella’s solo show at the Art@Work gallery. “In the installation I combine video, flat projections, prints and collages, referencing problem of non- linearity,” the artist writes, “particularly, investigating ephemeral gestures, the distance between perception and reality. I combine found objects, prints, display cases, photography, collages, and sculptural arrangements.” The opening runs 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday evening, and the show runs through October 26.

And soon at The Nightclub. Later this month, Valella is curating It Seems to Go Away, the 15th event presented by The Nightclub, a series of one-night-only exhibitions at locations around Miami. Presented at Aluna Art Foundation, It Seems to Go Away showcases works by more than three dozen curators, gallery owners, art dealers, collectors, and artists, including Cuban Art News contributors Janet Batet, Rafael DiazCasas, and Dennys Matos. The event will run 7 to 11 p.m. at Aluna on Saturday, September 27.

Willy Castellanos, La regata, 1994

Courtesy Aluna Art Foundation

Exodus: Alternate Documents at Aluna. Speaking of Aluna Art Foundation, this Saturday also marks the opening of this long-gestating project, developed by the Aluna Curatorial Collective (Adriana Herrera and Willy Castellanos). An evocation of the 1994 “Rafter Crisis,” which saw approximately 50,000 Cubans setting out for the United States on handbuilt crafts, the show includes photographs, interactive installations, and videos. The nucleus of the show is 70 photos taken by Castellanos during the balseros’ departures in 1994. Other elements include a video room in which interested participants can share their own memories on camera, and installations by artists Coco Fusco and Juan-Sí González. The opening reception starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Centro Cultural Español. The show runs through October 31.

Cuba Out of Cuba at MOAD. Looking ahead to next weekend, the Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) of Miami-Dade College inaugurates its new Cultural Legacy Gallery with Cuba Out of Cuba: Through the Lens of Alexis Rodríguez-Duarte in Collaboration with Tico Torres. Shot over the past 20 years, the photos on view document iconic Cuban figures living outside the island, including Celia Cruz, Cundo Bermúdez, Gloria Estefan, Bebo Valdez, and Paquito d’Rivera, among others. The show opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. next Friday, September 19, and remains on view through next August 30.

Sandra Ramos, Horizontes II, 2012

Courtesy Tub Gallery

Sandra Ramos in Washington, DC. Moving up the U.S. East Coast, the Katzen Arts Center at American University is hosting Bridging the Past, Present, and Future: Recent Works by Sandra Ramos. Featuring prints, videos, mixed-media works, and installations, the show opened this past Friday and runs through October 19.

And on to New York City.

Arrechea in Chelsea. We mentioned this in a previous Update column, but it bears repeating: tomorrow (Friday, September 12), Alexandre Arrechea: The Map and the Fact opens at Magnan Metz gallery in Manhattan’s Chelsea district. The show centers on two works: a large, four-panel drawing and an installation representing a fragment of the drawing. The opening runs 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow, and the show runs through October 12.

And later this month in the Bronx. As part of the programming for the exhibition Beyond the Supersquare, Arrechea will take part in a conversation about art and architecture with architect Galia Solomonoff and exhibition co-curator Holly Block. Free admission, with a bar (drinks donations suggested). 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the museum on Monday, September 29.

José Parlá in Chelsea, too. Also opening tomorrow (September 12), José Parlá: In Medias Res features recent paintings, sculptures, and a large-scale mural installation. A new monograph—the most comprehensive to date on the artist—has been published in conjunction with the exhibition. On view through October 18 at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery. Tomorrow’s reception runs 6 to 8 p.m.

And on Saturday, Allora & Calzadilla. At Gladstone Gallery in Chelsea, Allora & Calzadilla: Fault Lines explores the overlaps that arise among polyphonic vocal music, geological displacements, sculpture, and rhetorical language. The installation consists of ten stone sculptures inspired by both geological faults and choral risers, the platforms used to accommodate singing groups. Within that environment, two young boys perform songs of verbal confrontation and insult. Their performances take place hourly in the afternoons, Tuesday-Friday, and on the half-hour on Saturdays. On view through October 11.

Allora & Calzadilla, excerpt of the score for Fault Lines

Courtesy Gladstone Gallery

Angel Alonso next week. At Agora Gallery in Chelsea, Angel Alonso is featured in Masters of the Imagination: The Latin American Fine Art Exhibition opening next Tuesday, September 16. A reception follows on Thursday, September 18, 6-8 p.m. The show runs through October 7.

Stainless at The 8th Floor. Last night saw the opening of Stainless: One of a Kind, the first solo U.S. exhibition for the Havana-based art collective (José Capaz, Roberto Fabelo Hung, and Alejandro Piñeiro) founded in 2010. Curated by The 8th Floor director Rachel Perera Weingeist, the exhibition reflects the artists’ thinking about success, individualism, and uniqueness in contemporary art, and the position of Cuban artists in the global art arena. On view through November 7. For photos of last week’s opening, see the Cuban Art News Facebook page.

Suite Habana at the Grad Center. Add this to the choices for tomorrow evening: As part of its film series about the Special Period, the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies is screening Fernando Pérez’s 2003 documentary at the CUNY Graduate Center. Interweaving the lives of thirteen everyday Cubans, the award-winning film is notable for not using dialogue or narration, resulting in what Variety called a “lyrical, meticulously crafted and unexpectedly melancholy homage to the battered but resilient inhabitants of a battered but resilient city.” Introduced by CUNY Cinematheque host and professor Jerry Carlson. 6 p.m. tomorrow evening; admission is free but pre-registration is required.

And if that’s not enough for tomorrow… Vocalist José “Pepito” Gómez leads his sextet for one night only at Drom in the East Village. Tickets include a Cuban-style dinner and roses for the ladies, with performances at 6 and 8 p.m. More info here.

Roberto Fabelo, Sirena con piercing, 2014

Courtesy Couturier Gallery

Fabelo opens in L.A. Another recap from the last Update column: Roberto Fabelo opens a solo show at Couturier Gallery on Saturday (September 13). Fabelo – New Work features paintings, drawings, and sculpture, and the artist will be on hand for the opening, 6 to 8 p.m. Fabelo – New Work runs through October 18. Meanwhile, Fabelo’s Anatomy continues at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), where it runs through September 28.

And Armando Mariño. At Circa Gallery in L.A.’s Culver City art district, Giants Among Us is a group show featuring 20 artists—among them, Armando Mariño, branching out to the West Coast. On view through October 4.

Zilia Sánchez an Art & Auction “Wise Buy.” The cover story for the September issue of Art & Auction is “Wise Buys: 50 Women Artists Worth Watching,” an updated twist on the magazine’s “Next Most Collectible Artists” list. One name we spotted right away: Zilia Sánchez. “Her sculptural paintings are at once Minimalist and sensual,” wrote A&A critic Angela M. H. Schuster, who went on to quote Latin American expert Carmen Melián on Sánchez: “Her works are lyrical, voluptuous, and strong, and show in many ways the spirit of Latin American women. As more people are exposed to her work, her fame and prices will grow.”