Oraá wins Premio nacional. Pedro de Oraá has been awarded the 2015 Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas. The abstract artist was associated with the 1950s artist groups Los Once and Diez Pintores Concretos. More recently, he participated in the Zona Franca collateral exhibition during the 12th Havana Biennial this past spring.
According to a report in the Cuban press, other artists nominated for this year's award included José Antonio Choy, José Manuel Fors, Rocío García, Manuel Hernández Valdés, Alberto Lescay, Alexis Leyva (Kcho), Juan Moreira, Ernesto Rancaño, Eduardo Roca (Choco), Zaida del Río, Roberto Salas, José Ángel Toirac, Lesbia VentDumois, and Rafael Zarza.
Galería Habana at NY Armory Show. This spring, Havana’s most prestigious gallery will make its debut at New York’s Armory Show. Running March 3–6, the Armory Show is a leading international fair for contemporary and modern art. Galería Habana will showcase three artists—Carlos Garaicoa, Iván Capote, and Ariamna Contino—who, according to the gallery, “explore alleged landscapes, unreal, utopian constructions” created from each artist’s memories and spiritual trajectory.
And more in Havana. At Galería Servando, the exhibition Bloom showcases work by Rocío García, Marta María Pérez, and René Peña. And at Galería Artis 718 in Miramar, last Wednesday saw the debut of Malecon y bicicleta, an installation work by Luis Enrique Camejo placed in the gallery’s garden. The piece re-creates the seawall promenade, a familiar theme in Camejo’s work.
Garaicoa in San Juan. As part of the 4th Poly/Graphic San Juan Triennial: Latin America and the Caribbean, the exhibition Historias, como líneas, dibujadas sobre mí / Stories, as lines, drawn over me explores the use of drawing in the work of Carlos Garaicoa. Curated by Gerardo Mosquera, the triennial’s chief curator, the exhibition runs through February 27.
Also in San Juan, the show Crónica(o) pairs Garaicoa with photographer and writer Eduardo Lalo. Curated by Carla Acevedo-Yates, the show takes as its starting point the architectural urban ruin, specifically in the area of Viejo San Juan. On view at Fundación Casa Cortés through November 28.
Los Carpinteros in São Paulo. The duo’s latest show in Brazil recently opened in two São Paulo locations, Galeria Fortes Vilaça—where it runs through November 14—and Galpão Fortes Vilaça, where it runs through November 19.
Mariño in Copenhagen. Last weekend saw the opening of Not All Who Wander Are Lost, Armando Mariño’s solo show in Copenhagen. The works explore the theme of the wanderer in dreamlike scenarios. The show runs through November 28 at Galleri Christoffer Egelund.
And in the Hamptons next spring. Mariño will be spending the month of May as a fellow in the artist-in-residence program at the Watermill Center, the art and performance laboratory founded in the 1990s by performance and visual arts visionary Robert Wilson. Mariño will spend the time producing an installation titled Sweet Dreams, a series of mattresses painted with a series of 20th-century political figures.
González-Torres in Belfast. Presented by the Metropolitan Arts Centre (better known as The MAC), Félix González-Torres: This Place is the largest exhibition of the artist’s work to be presented in Ireland. Presenting works made between 1987 and 1994, the show includes works from several iconic series, including the candy spills, paper-stack sculptures, light-string and bead curtain installations, and a major billboard work. On view through January 24.
Emerging artists in Mexico City. At Galería Nina Menocal, Trascendental: Más allá del Malecón (Transcendental: Beyond the Malecón) spotlights the work of three young artists who caught the eye of curators during the 12th Havana Biennial this past spring. Painter Ernesto García and mixed-media artists Gabriela Reyna and Donis Llago (working in collaboration with Yoao Hojas) were selected by curator Nancy Ramírez for the show, which runs thorugh December 7.
Cubans in Mexico—in Miami. Over the decades a number of contemporary Cuban artists have made their way to Mexico, some staying a short while, others making it their home. At the Mexican Cultural Institute, Agave y Caña explores the bonds between Mexico and Cuban art. Carlos Cárdenas, Ciro Quintana, Flavio Garciandía, José Bedia, and Ana Albertina are among the 30 artists. Presented by the Mexican Consulate General in Miami and the Mexican Cultural Institute, the show runs through December 15.
Ricardo Ríos in Miami. With a title that playfully riffs on Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe, Ángel Ricardo Ricardo Ríos brings his exuberant, large-scale paintings to the Juan Ruiz Gallery. With a broadly gestural style that threatens to escape the canvas, the paintings in Desayuno sobre la hierba create a colorful, immersive garden. On view through November 28.
Delgado performance intensive. Performance artist Ángel Delgado will be in Miami to teach an intensive workshop at Aluna Art Foundation in Miami, November 17–28. As part of the workshop, all participants will present a performance at Aluna Art Foundation. For more information, see the contact information on the announcement card below.
Cuban art lecture at the Met. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is two-thirds through its three-part lecture series “Cuba: A History Through Art.” But there’s still time to catch the third lecture, "Art from the Triumph of the Revolution to Cuban Arts Today," which will be presented by Jerrilyn Dodds, dean of Sarah Lawrence College, on Wednesday, November 18. For tickets and more information, see the Met website.
Commissioned on Instagram. The New York-based art organization Boffo has commissioned an online project focusing on digital culture and connectivity in Cuba. Curated by Rodolfo Peraza in collaboration with Boffo, LIKE Cuba: Emerging Visual Narratives presents work specifically designed for display on Instagram. Peraza himself leads off with Pilgram, documenting 35 public WiFi access points on the island, posting through this Saturday, November 7. Other participating artists include Mauricio Abad, Alexandre Arrechea, Kevin Beovides, Rewell Altunaga & Naivy Pérez, and Stainless. Find out more about the projects on the Boffo website, and see the posts on Boffo’s Instagram, @boffo_ny.
Bruguera a Boss finalist. Tania Bruguera is among the six finalists for the 2016 Hugo Boss Prize. As the Art Newspaper noted, the shortlist is “heavy on performance and video.” In addition to Bruguera, the finalists include British video artist Mark Leckey, Egyptian conceptual and performance artist Wael Shawky, U.S. choreographer Ralph Lemon, as well as South Korean conceptual artist Anicka Yi and U.S. painter Laura Owens. The winner of the $100,000 prize will be announced in autumn 2016, with a solo exhibition to be presented at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2017.
Endangered Heritage Sites. The World Monuments Fund has released its 2016 list of sites around the world that are in danger of disappearing due to war, neglect, natural disaster, overdevelopment, or deliberate destruction. The list includes two sites in the U.S., 15 in Europe, and the entire country of Nepal, devastated by an earthquake earlier this year. Three sites were named in Cuba: The National Art Schools, the Vedado district—endangered, the report said, by lack of investment, weak protective regulations, and inappropriate alterations—and the colonial churches in Santiago de Cuba, which have suffered damage by natural disaster.