Monday October 23, 2017

Miami Art Week: Hot Spots for Cuban Art

An island-centric look at the fairs, exhibitions, openings, and events

At PAMM: Amelia Peláez, Marañones (Cashews), 1939-40

Photo by Sid Hoeltzell, courtesy Pérez Art Museum Miami

Art Basel Miami Beach returns this week, bringing with it a host of satellite fairs, gallery exhibitions, and one notable museum opening.

Running December 5-8, ABMB is the central axis for the week’s events. The Miami Convention Center will host 258 galleries and a series of events that will turn the city into a giant exhibition space—the destination for thousands of collectors, art professionals, artists, and art aficionados.

This year fair features seven sectors, including Nova (featuring very recent works, often fresh from the studio); Positions (solo shows featuring one major project); and Public (outdoor works on view in Collins Park). ABMB events and exhibitions will extend through several areas of Miami Beach, weaving contemporary art into the fabric of the city.

Here’s a quick day-by-day guide on where to catch Cuban art and artists.

Tuesday, December 3

ArtNexus Foundation Silent & Online Auction. Before the week gets too hectic, stop by the Mandarin Hotel in Miami for a look at—and maybe a bid on—the works in ArtNexus’s first benefit auction. The selection was curated by ArtNexus publisher and longtime director Celia Birbragher, with an eye toward the kind of art she’d like to add to her own collection. Among Cuban artists, look for interesting pieces by Allora & Calzadilla, Alexandre Arrechea, Tomás Sánchez, and José Bedia. The auction is also open for bidding online at Paddle 8. The auction closes, in person and online, on Friday, December 6.

At the ArtNexus auction: Alexandre Arrechea, Moth, 2008

Courtesy ArtNexus and Paddle8

Looking at Process at the De La Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space. “For this year's exhibition, we chose works by artists that focus on patterns and the laying bare of processes,” reads a statement on the Collection’s website. “Through their experimentation with process, these artists are defining contemporary culture as they see it.” Among the artists on view are Felix González-Torres, Ana Mendieta, Jorge Pardo, and Cristina Lei Rodríguez. Through Friday, December 6.

VIP Preview, Art Miami and CONTEXT. These companion fairs open officially on Wednesday, December 4, but collectors on the lookout for Cuban art make a point of attending the VIP preview.

At Art Miami, look for a selection of 20th-century masters from Cernuda Arte, such as Wifredo Lam, Amelia Peláez, Carreño, Víctor Manuel, Ponce, Portocarrero, Mariano, Cundo Bermúdez, Mijares, Carlos Rodríguez Cárdenas, Gina Pellón, Servando Cabrera Moreno, Flora Fong, Tomás Sánchez, Manuel Mendive, and Leopoldo Romañach.

Tresart will present works by Alexandre Arrechea, Mario Carreño, Loló Soldevilla, Sandú Darié, Tomás Sánchez, and Wifredo Lam. Pan American Art Projects, another Art Miami regular, is featuring works by Luis Cruz Azaceta, Abel Barroso, Toirac and Marrero, Roberto Diago, and Gustavo Acosta. Juan Ruiz Gallery will present works by Glexis Novoa, Rubén Torres Llorca, and Kcho. Look for Alexandre Arrechea and Glenda León at Magnan Metz.

The CONTEXT fair has attracted several galleries showing Cuban artists. Work by José Bedia will be presented by Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery, and María Magdalena Campos-Pons will be featured by Stephan Stoyanov Gallery. Julian Navarro Projects will include work by Guerra de la Paz, and Sandra Ramos will be represented by both Accola Griefen and Alida Anderson Art Projects, which will also show photographic work by Korda. Gallery 532 Thomas Jaeckel will show work by Armando Mariño and Rachel Váldes Camejo.

At Frederick Snitzer Gallery: Enrique Martínez Celaya, work-in-progress view of Burning As It Were A Lamp, 2013

Courtesy Frederick Snitzer Gallery

Wednesday, December 4

Ink Miami Art Fair. Art Week’s only fair dedicated to works on paper kicks off with a 10 a.m. ¡Desayuno Cubano! Here, look for Boston’s Childs Art Gallery, where you’ll find works by Sandra Ramos and Osmeivy Ortega Pacheco.

Opening at CIFO: Permission to be Global. At the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Permission to be Global: Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection showcases 61 works by artists from the Caribbean, Central and South America. Cuban artists on view include Ana Mendieta, Wilfredo Prieto, and Yoan Capote. A collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the exhibition includes painting, sculpture, photography, installations, videos, and performance art from the 1960s to the present. It runs through February 23 at CIFO, then opens at the MFA Boston in March.

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). The long-awaited opening of the Pérez will be one of the major events in the city this season. Designed by the Swiss architecture firm of Herzog & de Meuron, PAMM occupies a privileged position facing Biscayne Bay in downtown Museum Park. The 200,000-square-foot building more than triples the size of the former Miami Art Museum. With a growing collection of more than 1,300 works, PAMM has an ambitious exhibition program that places modern and contemporary Latin American art—a strength of the collection—in a broader international context. Case in point: Amelia Peláez: The Craft of Modernity, curated by René González and Ingrid W. Elliot, is one of several opening exhibitions, and remains on view through February 23. During Art Week the free Metromover and Miami Trolley make stops at Museum Park, and many Art Week shuttles will also be stopping there.

VIP Preview, Art Basel Miami Beach. There’s Cuban art to be found amid the crowded aisles of the Miami Convention Center if you know where to look for it. You might start with Lehman Maupin, which is showing work by Teresita Fernández. Galerie Lelong is showing Ana Mendieta, along with work by Emilio Pérez and gallery newcomer Zilia Sánchez. Lisson Gallery is featuring Carmen Herrera and Allora & Calzadilla, and Rhona Hoffman Gallery has a Kabinett Sector focus on Luis Gispert.

Opening Friday at Pan American Art Projects: Ricardo Brey, Lay, 2013

Courtesy Pan American Art Projects and Ricardo Brey

Friday, December 6

FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY opens at Pan American Art Projects. In his first solo exhibition in a U.S. gallery, veteran Volumen I artist Ricardo Rodríguez Brey (b. 1955) presents a selection of works from different periods in his career, along with two site-specific installations made for the gallery. The reception runs 6-9 p.m., and the artist will be present. On view through February 1.

All Week

Several current shows at Miami galleries feature Cuban art and artists. Among them are Enrique Martínez Celaya: Burning As It Were A Lamp at Frederick Snitzer Gallery, with installation work that continues to explore the themes and concepts in the artist’s recent show at SITE Santa Fe. At TUB Gallery, Sandra Ramos: Identidades Transitorias showcases installations and mixed-media works created during the artist’s recent three-month stay in Miami. At Ascaso Gallery in the Wynwood District, Julio Larraz: Coming Home is the artist’s first Miami show in 25 years. At the Bass Museum of Art, the exhibition TIME features A Queer and Curious Cabinet, an installation by Hernan Bas. And at ArtSpace Virginia Miller Galleries, The Silent Shout: Voices in Cuban Abstraction 1950-2013 presents a cross-generational look at abstraction in Cuban art.

The Silent Shout at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries

Courtesy Virginia Miller Galleries

Running through Sunday, December 8, Miami Art Week 2013 will give collectors, scholars, and the public a close-up look at Cuban art presented by galleries and museums in this intense season. For updates as the week goes on, check the Cuban Art News Facebook page.

Valia Garzón Díaz (Havana, Cuba, 1968) was educated as an art historian at the University of Havana. She is a coauthor of the book Memorias. Artes Visuales Cubanas del siglo XX. She regularly writes for Artnexus and other publications. She is a founder of Consultores de Arte, a consulting service for art collectors.