A Selection of Our Past Stories
With several art fairs opening in New York this weekend, Cuban artists (and galleries) are showcased at Pulse, at gallery shows in Chelsea, and at a gala dinner. Tony Labat curates a video show in San Francisco, photographer Guillermo Portieles opens in Havana, and artists gear up for the Venice Biennale and Art Basel.
Multiple shows in Miami, a big opening in New York City, and several interesting shows in Europe are on the calendar this season. We celebrate Elsa Mora’s debut as a magazine cover star, and salute the Museo Nacional’s latest book.
New works by Manuel Mendive, Roberto Fabelo, Roberto Diago and other artists—including a seven-screen abstract video animation by Emilio Pérez—turn the Kennedy Center into Washington’s hottest spot for contemporary Cuban art.
Six videos by Marta María Pérez make their Havana debut, Urbanitas gathers an international crowd in Miami, and José Bedia’s 30-year retrospective nears the end of its run in L.A.
Ramón Lavado Martínez—better known as “El Chacal” ("The Jackal”)—is one of Cuba’s hottest reggaeton artists. He recently toured the U.S. with Havana’s Gente D´Zona, perhaps the definitive group in Cuban reggaeton (also known as “Cubaton”). Fresh from the experience, El Chacal spoke with Cuban Art News about his first U.S. tour and the growing acceptance of this musical genre.
The exhibition Art x Cuba: Contemporary Perspectives since 1989 opened last month at the Ludwig Forum Aachen in Aachen, Germany. In an email interview, co-curators Andreas Beitin and Tonel (Antonio Eligio) talked about the show and the trajectory of contemporary Cuban art.
With next week’s “New Now” sale of contemporary art, Phillips makes good on its plan to integrate Latin American art into its international sales—including a special section on Cuban art.
Last week, noted fine arts appraiser and longtime Ludwig Foundation of Cuba supporter Alex J. Rosenberg gave an informal talk at New York’s 8th Floor Gallery to celebrate his latest book. Written with an eye toward the specifics of art appraisal in Cuba, it sparked a lively exchange with an audience of collectors, scholars, students, and art aficionados. The crowd also enjoyed a talk by artist Armando Mariño, whose solo exhibition, Armando Mariño: Recent Paintings from the Year of the Protester, was on view in the gallery.