Wednesday August 16, 2017

Update: Belkis Ayón in New York, Garaicoa in Lisbon, Art Basel Opens

Belkis Ayón, Nlloro, 1991

Courtesy El Museo del Barrio and the Collection of the Belkis Ayón Estate

Ayón in New York. After its debut run at the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles, Nkame: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón, opened last night at El Museo del Barrio in Manhattan. The artist’s first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum, Nkame features some 40 works, including large-scale, multi-panel prints. Look for a walk-through of the show later this month on Cuban Art News. It remains on view at El Museo through November 5. (For shots of the opening, see the photo album on the Cuban Art News Facebook page.)

Memorias in Havana. Works by more than 35 artists fill the walls of the Wifredo Lam Center, where Memorias – Grabado cubano ’80 –’90 explores Cuban printmaking during the 1980s. Drawn from the Lam Center’s own collection, the show includes work by Abel Barroso, Carlos Rodríguez Cárdenas, Yamilis Brito, Rubén Torres Llorca, and many more. On view through August 25.

And Díaz. Humberto Díaz isn’t the first visitor to New York to be fascinated with the advertising spaces in the city’s subway stations, but his eye caught something that most people miss—ads that have been torn, removed, and in some cases painted over, making them seem more like abstract art than marketing tools. At the Fototeca de Cuba, Pinturas ajenas / Someoneelse’s Paintings presents works from Díaz’s 2015 series. The show opened this past Friday and continues through July 2.

Díaz is currently on an artist residency at La Tallera in Cuernavaca, Mexico, through the Havana-based Artista x Artista program founded by Carlos Garaicoa.

At the opening for Humberto Díaz's Pinturas ajenas / Someoneelse’s Paintings at the Fototeca de Cuba

Courtesy Paola Martínez Fiterre

Llanes, too. Last Friday also saw the opening of Andy Llanes: Ritual. Using a circular format and a photorealistic style, Llanes presents a series of lushly textured figure studies. On view at Galería Casa 8 in Vedado.

At Galería Casa 8, a work in Andy Llanes: Ritual

Courtesy Andy Llanes

Coming soon: Resistencia. Ben F. Jones, who has been coming to Cuba for many years—and bringing other artists with him—will open the solo exhibition Resistance/Resistencia at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes next month. The opening is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Friday, July 21 in the Cuban Art Building.

Coming to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes: Ben F. Jones, Trayvon Martin Papel de Pared - Instalación, 2017 (detail)

Courtesy Ben F. Jones

Art Basel Opens. The flagship of the global art fairs opens this Thursday, June 15 in Basel, Switzerland, where it runs through Sunday. Los Carpinteros and other artists will be on view—check back with us on Thursday for a roundup of where to see Cuban artists at the fair.

Garaicoa in Lisbon. Last month saw the opening of Yo nunca he sido surrealista hasta el día de hoy (I’ve never been surrealistic until today), a site-specific project created by Carlos Garaicoa for the new Museu de Arte, Arquitectura e Tecnologia (MAAT) in Lisbon. Arranged as a large-scale environment, the installation questions the relationship between the city and the individual, architecture and the urban fabric, and fiction and reality. On view through September 18.

Carlos Garaicoa, Yo nunca he sido surrealista hasta el día de hoy, 2008–17

Courtesy MAAT

Mendieta in Sweden. The Bildmuseet in the northern Swedish city of Umeå will host Ana Mendieta: Covered in Time and History, the retrospective of her films that debuted in Minnesota in 2015. (Read the Cuban Art News story on the show here.) The Bildmuseet is presenting an expanded version of the exhibition, supplemented by additional works from the artist’s estate and gallery. The show opens on Sunday, June 18, with a 2 p.m. reception, and runs through October 22.

Thursday: del Dago in Zurich. This Thursday, June 15, Duvier del Dago opens Standby, a solo show at Arte Morfosis, a gallery of Cuban art in the Swiss city. The opening reception runs 6–9 p.m., and the show runs through July 8.  

Courtesy Duvier del Dago

Opening Friday: Bruguera in San Francisco. Tania Bruguera brings her art and artivism to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where Tania Bruguera: Talking to Power / Hablándole al Poder, opens with a 7 p.m. party this Friday, June 16. As part of the exhibition, Bruguera will set up a temporary iteration of her Escuela de Arte Útil (School of Useful Art), in which she and fellow artist-educators will conduct weekly classes for the public. On view through October 19.

From Tania Bruguera's project The Francis Effect, begun in 2014

Courtesy Yerba Buena Center for Art

And tomorrow, Pledges of Allegiance. Bruguera joins an international roster of artists, including Pedro Reyes, Nari Ward, Yoko Ono, and Rirkrit Tiravanija, in the New York City opening of Pledges of Allegiance. The show is presented by the arts organization Creative Time, which has invited each of the 16 artists to create a flag “as a declaration for a set of values during this fraught political period, and to help us imagine how we might move forward collectively.” Tomorrow, the project’s launch day, is the US holiday known as Flag Day. Each month a new flag will be raised on a different flagpole around New York City.

Lavoy in Miami. The artworks in Jorge Lavoy: Empty Space are “frequencies emitted by my body (dictated by the subconscious mind,” said the artist in his exhibition statement. “These are calibration exercises.” The exhibition, which opened late last month, runs through June 28 at the Kendall Art Center.

Installation view of Jorge Lavoy, Thoughts, 2017

Courtesy Kendall Art Center

And tomorrow: No burden as heavy. At David Castillo Gallery in Miami Beach, No burden as heavy brings together a roster of international artists to ponder the weight of history. Among them is Quisqueya Henríquez, whose Carmen Herrera Inside Popova (2013) literally inserts a work by the 102-year-old abstractionist into a repetitive pattern by the early 20th-century Russian avant-garde artist Lyubov Popova. Opening tomorrow, June 14, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m.

The 1944 MoMA Show—in Miami. Cuban Art News readers may recall art historian José Ramón Alonso Lorea’s photographic investigations of the 1944 MoMA show, Modern Cuban Painters, published here earlier this year. Now, Lorea presents a photo-lecture on his findings this Saturday, June 17, at the Pan American Art Projects Annex. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition La República vista por sus artistas (The Republic Viewed by Its Artists), the lecture will be given in Spanish only. Admission is free, but RSVPs are requested. 2 p.m. at the PAAP Annex in Little River.

Courtesy Pan American Art Projects

And a Mendive lecture, too. The following Saturday, June 24, head to Cernuda Arte in Coral Gables for “African Influences in Contemporary Cuban Art: The Work of Manuel Mendive,” a talk by Dr. Bárbaro Martínez Ruiz, a Cuban-born art historian who currently heads the art history department at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He is also the curator of Things that Cannot Be Seen Any Other Way: The Art of Manuel Mendive, which toured the U.S. in 2012–2013. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free, but RSVP to reserve your seat.

Looking ahead: Cubans in in New Orleans. María Magdalena Campos-Pons and Alexis Esquivel are among the 73 international artists selected for the fourth Prospect New Orleans Triennial. Titled “The Lotus in the Swamp,” this year’s edition is scheduled to open November 18, and will explore the legacy of colonialism, displacement, and related themes. Other artists in the Triennial include Kara Walker, Yoko Ono, and Rina Banerjee.

And for your viewing pleasure. Here's a quick introduction by PAMM curator Tobias Ostrander to On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, which opened last week. More on the show coming soon!