A Selection of Our Past Stories
The 12th Havana Biennial saw increased participation by foreign artists, as well as more collateral projects by artists on the island. Hamlet Fernández takes a closer look at some of those projects and their impact, and assesses the 2015 Biennial as a whole.
Two masters of Cuban contemporary art, Manuel Mendive and Flavio Garciandía, are back in the spotlight with new exhibitions demonstrating that for both of them, the artistic pulse is still going strong and the mind is working with great clarity.
The first shows of the new season include a panoramic look at the art of Carlos Estévez, an exploration of one of Rafael Soriano’s most compelling themes, and an intimately scaled retrospective of Wifredo Lam in a new Manhattan gallery space. Plus abstract art in Miami, an upcoming Zilia Sánchez show in Washington, DC, and the return of “one of the most deliriously beautiful films ever made.”
Earlier this month, Teresita Fernández unveiled a site-specific public art project in Lower Manhattan’s Madison Square Park. In her speech at the opening reception, she spoke movingly about Wifredo Lam, Carmen Herrera, and why it’s important to look up.
Next week, the three major auction houses hold back-to-back Latin American art sales starting Tuesday morning, November 21. While we await the results for Cuban artworks in the mainstream contemporary sales—previewed last week—here are the Cuban lots to watch in next week’s sales.
A recent book takes a fresh look at a Cuban mid-century modernist, Enrique Martinez Celaya adds a touch of frost to the Miami Art Museum, and New York musicians reinterpret the classic Cuban songbook.
Luis Cruz Azaceta and Luis Enrique Camejo share gallery space in Miami, Zilia Sánchez opens her first survey show in New York, and Cuban artists join group shows in London and New Jersey.
Reporting on this year’s charrette, Professor Julio César Pérez Hernández discusses the proposals for revitalizing the shoreline and river areas of the Miramar district, including business ventures that would blend well with the area’s residential character.
Three solo shows highlight the spring art season in Europe, classic Cuban cinema screens in Brooklyn, Cuban baseball art comes to a U.S. bat factory, and a retrospective of films by Ana Mendieta appears on the horizon.