Cuban-born artist Luis Cruz Azaceta left the island as a teenager in 1960—marking, in 2010, his fiftieth year of exile. With a new show currently on view at Pan American Art Projects in South Florida, he spoke, via email, about the influences that have shaped him as an artist, including his time in New York City and New Orleans.
As Cuban Art News readers may recall, the exhibition Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art opened last April at the Wifredo Lam Center in Havana. Now, American audiences have their opportunity to view the show: Queloides has come to the Mattress Factory museum of contemporary art in Pittsburgh. Hilary Robinson, Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University, offers a thoughtful take on the show and its provocative explorations.
In part one of this interview, which appears courtesy of CubaSí, distinguished curator Roberto Cobas reflected on his long and productive career at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana. Today, Cobas talks about his passion for film, his fascination with the work of Wifredo Lam, and what’s ahead for him and the MNBA.
Roberto Cobas is one of the most experienced curators of modern Cuban art, having spent more than 20 years working with the collections of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana. In the first part of this two-part interview, which appears courtesy of CubaSi, Cobas shares his experiences of art curatorship across the island.
This past week, Cuban Art News caught up with Yoan Capote, in New York for the installation of his exhibition, Mental States, opening tonight at Jack Shainman Gallery in Chelsea. Following up on last week’s short video interview with documentarist Ketty Mora, here Capote talks in greater detail about works in the show, and what it’s like to be an international artist based in Cuba.