Wednesday June 20, 2018

Update: Cuban Artists Invade Europe 

Arrechea in Madrid, Garaicoa in London & San Gimignano, Los Carpinteros in Berlin & Zurich

Alexandre Arrechea, Asuntos públicos, 2018

Courtesy Galería Casado Santapau

IN EUROPE…

Arrechea in Madrid. New drawings and sculptures by Alexandre Arrechea are on view in Higienópolis, running through next Friday, June 15, at Galería Casado Santapau.

Garaicoa in London. London’s Parasol Unit is hosting a major show by Carlos Garaicoa—his first in a public art space there. The show includes works from several series, including the tapestry-and-video installation Fin de silencio (End of Silence, 2010), Sin título (Alcantarillas) [Untitled (Manhole Covers), 2014], and Cerámicas Porno-indignadas (Porn-Outraged Ceramics, 2012–14). Through July 20.

Carlos Garaicoa, Untitled (Dartboard), 2017, from the series Untitled (Manhole Covers)

Photo: Benjamin Westoby, courtesy Parasol Unit

And San Gimignano. Last week saw the opening of Garaicoa’s solo show at Galleria Continua’s space in San Gimignano, Italy. On view: Abismo (2017), a video meditation on the Holocaust, set to Olivier Messiaen’s 1941 Quartet for the End of Time. Through September 2.

Los Carpinteros in Berlin. At KOW gallery, El otro, el mismo / The Other, the Same brings together three recent films, new watercolors, and a large-scale sculpture by Los Carpinteros (Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez and Marco Castillo Valdés). Among the films, Comodato (2018) takes viewers on a tour of thirteen rooms of a single house, gradually moving from the luxurious interiors of the elite to humbler dwellings of poorer residents. Among the watercolors, Gran cuadrado de frijoles negros (2017) rethinks the 1915 Malevich icon for contemporary Cuba. On view through July 21.

Installation view of the video Comodato, 2018, by Los Carpinteros

Photo: Ladislav Zajac, courtesy Berlin Artlink, Los Carpinteros, and KOW

And in Zurich. Opening just ahead of Art Basel, Los Carpinteros: Susurro del Palmar – The Whisper of the Palm Grove presents large-format bronze sculptures, new watercolors, and Alcenas, an interactive installation with sound. Opening June 9 and running through July 27 at Peter Kilchmann, with an opening reception this Saturday, 5–8 p.m.

Los Carpinteros, Tornado de lego gris, 2018

Courtesy Peter Kilchmann gallery

Ola Cuba! in Lille. The Artes de Cuba festival in Washington, DC, grabbed much of the media spotlight this season, but we don’t want to overlook the festival going on right now in northern France. A cross-generational roster of 30 Cuban artists and art groups, including Abel Barroso, Elizabet Cerviño, Adonis Flores, and Carlos Garaicoa, are featured in the lead exhibition for Ola Cuba!. A second show is also on view, presenting photographic visions of the island by Marc Riboud, Nicola Lo Calzo, and Gérard Rancinan. There are smaller exhibitions and installations, too, and a program of films, concerts, and performances. (See the schedule here.) Ola Cuba! runs through September 2.

ON THE ISLAND…

Post-It 5 at Galería Galiano. It’s hard to believe that the annual showcase for emerging artists is half a decade old, but Post-It 5 just opened on Monday. Co-hosted by the Fondo Cubano de Bienes Culturales, the show runs through June 30 at Galería Galiano.

Opening Friday in Playa. Michel Chailloux, a prize winner in last year’s Post-It 4, opens a solo show at Galería Artis 718 in the Playa district. Featuring large-scale paintings and drawings that blend reality and fantasy with a metaphorical jolt, Apnea opens with a 6 p.m. reception.

Courtesy Galería Artis 718

Portales at Galería Orígines. Museums and the people in them are the subject of Marlon Portales’s solo exhibition in the gallery at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alilcia Alonso. Portraying visitors the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan, and other art spaces, Marlon Portales: Museums interprets the architecture, the artwork, and the individuals intent on looking at it all. Through June 30.

Marlon Portales, Guggenheim, 2018

Courtesy Galería Orígines

Batista at Villa Manuela. Rodney Batista is known for dreamlike images that approach matters of mortality with unexpected tenderness. His current show, Epitafio, is on view at Galería de Arte Villa Manuela through Sunday, June 17.

Serones at Galería Taller Gorría. This past Friday, the duo Serones (Antonio Álvarez, known as Tony, and Alejandro Pablo García, known as Paolo) opened a show at Galería Taller Gorría. A collaboration with Disaachc, the exhibition presents recent work that, according to critic and curator David Mateo, explore “modes of refunctionalizing the landscape.”

IN FLORIDA AND NORTH CAROLINA…

Rocío García at CCE Miami. As part of the 2018 Out in the Tropics LGBTQ Performing Arts Series, Rocío García: Beyond Eroticism opened last week at the Centro Cultural Español in Miami. Spanning the mid-1990s to the present, the dozen or so works in the show include selections from eight series, including The Thriller, The Mission, and Murder. On view through June 24.

At the opening for Rocío García: Beyond Eroticism at CCE Miami

Photo: Manolo Romalde, courtesy CCE Miami

Solid Abstraction at Miami Biennale. Covered here last week in an article by Janet Batet, the group show—with work by Quisqueya Henríquez, Glexis Novoa, Rafael Domenech, and seven other Cuban artists—continues through June 25. Read about it here.

Cuban Streams at Freedom Tower. Cuban Streams: 1855–1965, a multimedia installation by Miami artist César Trasobares, has opened in the Cuban Legacy Gallery at the Freedom Tower. The six-screen installation projects more than 1,000 images drawn from the collection of Ramiro A. Fernández, author of several photographic books about Cuba—including Cuba Then, recently released in a revised and expanded edition by Monacelli Press. Cuban Streams runs through May 19, 2019, in the Cuban Legacy Gallery.

Courtesy Monacelli Press

Opening tomorrow: Post-Truth in Winston-Salem. Elvia Rosa Castro and Gretel Acosta have curated Cubans: Post-Truth, Pleasure and Pain, Visual Works by Cuban Artists. The show features 17 artists and art teams living on the island and elsewhere, including Manuel Mendive, José Bedia, Rafael Domenech and Ernesto Oroza, Rocío García, and Sandra Ramos, among others. Through November 4 at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Tomorrow’s opening-night reception runs 6–8 p.m.

Courtesy SECCA

AND NEW YORK

Relational Undercurrents Uptown. Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago opened last week at the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University. The show debuted last fall at MOLAA as part of “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.” In New York, it runs through September 23, then moves to the Frost Art Museum, Miami, in October. Read Daniell Cornell’s article about the show here.

Queenie in East Harlem. Tania Bruguera, Carmen Herrera, and Ana Mendieta are among the artists on view in Queenie: Selected Artworks by Female Artists from El Museo del Barrio’s Collection. While the museum itself is closed for renovation, it is presenting its programs and exhibitions at other institutions—in this case, the Hunter East Harlem Gallery, where Queenie runs through June 23.

Carmen Herrera, Díptico, 1978

Courtesy Hunter College and El Museo del Barrio