From an essay on Cuban art collecting to a Billboard take on "el paquete" and the island’s music industry, this season has brought in-depth, thought-provoking coverage of Cuban art and culture. Here are our picks for must-read stories, plus a video.
With solo shows in 5 cities, Cuban artists make their mark on Europe this season. Elsewhere, Rocío García opens in Miami, Marlon Portales fills the gallery at Havana’s Gran Teatro, and Elvia Rosa Castro and Gretel Acosta curate Post-Truth in North Carolina. In France, the festival Ola Cuba! brings Cuban art and culture to Lille.
Following its run at MOLAA, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago opens tonight at the Wallach Art Gallery of Columbia University. In celebration, here's an encore of our article on the show, which appeared this past January. Daniell Cornell, former director of art at the Palm Springs Art Museum, again spotlights Cuban artists in one of the most thought-provoking exhibitions in “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA."
Featuring works by 10 Cuban artists on the island and abroad, Solid Abstraction: Strategies of Disobedience in Cuban Art explores contemporary uses of abstract art as both “an act of disobedience” and a continuation of a decades-long tradition in Cuban art. Janet Batet reflects on the exhibition organized by Aldeide Delgado.