Monday June 18, 2018

Miami Art Week - Cuban Art & Artists at the Fairs

Art Basel, Art Miami are hot spots for Cuban works

Adriana Arronte, Speech, 2016

Courtesy Galería La Acacia

This week Miami is the capital of the international art world, with a whirlwind of fairs, exhibitions, and events spearheaded by Art Basel Miami Beach.

Here’s our guide to top spots for seeing Cuban art in this year’s fairs, with a growing list of galleries at Art Miami and ABMB.

Many fairs open with invitation-only VIP previews the evening before their official opening. For details, check the websites for individual fairs.

And for Cuban art in Miami museums, galleries, and art spaces, catch our roundup here.


Tuesday, December 5–Sunday, December 10

Among the week’s first fairs, Art Miami is a top pick for contemporary Cuban art, with no fewer than nine galleries featuring Cuban artists.

Havana’s Galería La Acacia is showcasing the art of Adriana Arronte. “My work is motivated by common objects and situations of the everyday environment,” Arronte wrote in an artist’s statement. “In this process I exacerbate the nature of the object or exaggerate its symbolism in order to denature it.”

Other galleries include contemporary Cuban artists in a broad international mix. Andreas Binder Gallery, Munich, has work by Ariamna Contino. Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix, is showing Reynier Leyva Novo.

Ariamna Contino, from the series Camino al Edén. [Corredor en las costas del mar Caribe]

Courtesy Andreas Binder Gallery

Several Miami galleries are also showing Cuban artists, including Durban Segnini Gallery with Agustín Cárdenas and Waltman Ortega Fine Art, showing Luis Cruz Azaceta.

Pavel Acosta is part of the lineup in Fragile Ecologies, the group presentation at Bernice Steinbaum Gallery. Miami Beach­–based Rudolph Budja Gallery has work by Andrés Serrano.

Three leading galleries for Cuban art continue to make Art Miami their home base for Art Week. Look for vibrant works by Amelia Peláez, René Portocarrero, and Mariano Rodríguez, among others, at Cernuda Arte. At Tresart, the roster includes Carlos Alfonso, Pedro de Oraá, Salvador Corratgé, Zilia Sánchez, and others. 

Contemporary artists take the spotlight at Pan American Art Projects, which has work by Gustavo Acosta, Carlos Alfonzo, José Manuel Fors, Ruben Millares, and Jorge Rios.

Gustavo Acosta, Demos, 2013

Courtesy Pan American Art Projects


Tuesday, December 5–Sunday, December 10

Cuban artists are represented in Art Miami’s cutting-edge companion fair, too. New York’s 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel features work by  Gustavo Acosta, Armando Mariño, José Ángel Vincench, and Elio Rodríguez.

And look for José Bedia and Luis Cruz Azaceta at Santo Domingo–­based Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery.


Tuesday, December 5–Sunday, December 10

Visitors to Scope will want to stop by two booths in particular. With bases in Havana and Miami, Havana Art Gallery is the spot for work by Esterio Segura, Pedro Pablo Oliva, Rodán Lauzán, and Jorge Lavoy.

NG Art represents Cuban artists exclusively, from established names to emerging artists. Returning to Scope this year, the Panama City gallery is showing work by Adrián Fernández, Jorge Otero, Niels Reyes, and several other artists.

Courtesy NG Gallery


Wednesday, December 6–Sunday, December 10

With the theme of “Crossing Cultures,” Pinta Miami returns for its 11th edition. At the Latin Art Core booth, look for art by Tomás Sánchez and 20th-century masters like Amelia Peláez, Loló Soldevilla, and Cundo Bermúdez.

On a more contemporary note, the Arts Connection Connect Now Room is presenting Francisco Masó’s Aesthetic Register of Covert Forces. At the Galería Habana booth, look for work by Enrique Báster, Liset Castillo, Alex Hernández, and Esterio Segura.

Francisco Masó, Aesthetic Register of Covert Forces

Courtesy Francisco Masó


Wednesday, December 6–Sunday, December 10

A tent on the beach near 12th Street and Ocean Drive is home to this fair, now in its fifth year. Havana art space El Apartamento will showcase Eduardo Ponjuán, Diana Fonseca and Reynier Leyva Novo, with a selection of artworks addressing the relationship between word and image.


Wednesday, December 6–Sunday, December 10

José Bedia is among the 25 artists from the United States, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America participating in this fair, which takes place in Miami's Overtown community. On Thursday evening, Bedia will take part in a panel discussion about decolonization and decentering art-world discourses. 7 p.m.


Thursday, December 7–Sunday, December 10

As usual, the standout for Cuban art here is New York’s Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, which includes work by José Parlá in its international mix.


Thursday, December 7–Sunday, December 10

The Cuban presence in this year’s Art Week is strongest at the flagship fair, where a more than dozen booths will feature work by one or more Cuban artists.

Look for sculpture and large-scale drawings by Los Carpinteros at Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich, and drawings at Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo.

Los Carpinteros, Huracán, 2017

Courtesy Peter Kilchmann Gallery

Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, will have work by Los Carpinteros. Look for work by Yoan Capote at Jack Shainman Gallery, and Teresita Fernández at Lehmann Maupin.

Yoan Capote, Doctrine, 2011

Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery

Among European galleries, Galería Elba Benitez, Madrid, features the work of Carlos Garaicoa. Look for an untitled 1941 work on paper by Wifredo Lam at Galerie 1900–2000, Paris, and art by Carmen Herrera at the Lisson Gallery booth.

Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich has Raúl Cordero, Michel Pérez Pollo, and, in a separate Kabinett section, a solo presentation of work by Flavio Garciandía.

Flavio Garciandía, Clifford Still recogiendo mangos en mi patio (de noche), 1997

Courtesy Mai 36 Galerie

Recent photographs by Luis Gispert are included in the lineup for Rhona Hoffmann Gallery, New York.

Miami’s own Fredric Snitzer Gallery has several Cuban artists on its ABMB roster, including Carlos Alfonso, Alexandre Arrechea, Enrique Marínez Celaya, and Tomás Esson. The gallery is also presenting a solo Kabinett section, featuring Estructuras Transformativas by María Martínez-Cañas.

María Martínez-Cañas, Estructuras Transformativas: Untitled 22 [Crate 9], 2017

Courtesy Fredric Snitzer Gallery

Ana Mendieta and Zilia Sánchez are part of the international selection at Galerie Lelong. Works on view include Mendieta’s 1977 color photograph Hojas Rojas Silueta (Quemada alrededor) and Lunar [Moon], 1980, a stretched-canvas painting by Sánchez.

Zilia Sánchez, Lunar [Moon], 1980

Courtesy Galerie Lelong

And in the fair’s Edition section, ULAE (Universal Limited Art Editions), a fine print publisher from Bay Shore, New York, has an international selection of editioned works, including two new prints by Carmen Herrera: the black and white Equilibrio and Verde y Amarillo, both 2017.