A Selection of Our Past Stories
Since the 1990s, Cristina Vives has been known for her curatorial work and books on contemporary Cuban art—most recently, as curator of Nkame, the acclaimed Belkis Ayón retrospective that has been touring US museums since 2016. In Havana, she is also known for the exhibitions presented by the private art space Estudio Figueroa-Vives, in collaboration with the Norwegian Embassy next door. Over coffee, Vives talked with Cuban Art News about recent projects and the current art scene in Havana.
This Friday, October 25, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. opens Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, a panoramic survey of modern and contemporary Latino art. In an interview with Cuban Art News, exhibition curator E. Carmen Ramos turns a thoughtful eye to the Cuban-American artists in the show.
It’s not every city that turns itself over to photography on an annual basis, but Havana has been hosting Noviembre Fotográfico for more than a decade. As the month draws to a close, Lidia Hernández Tapía looks at some of the notable exhibitions and events.
One of our most popular posts of recent weeks was the story about appraiser Alex J. Rosenberg’s informal presentation, late last month, on art appraisal in Cuba. We’ve now had a chance to look over the book ourselves, and find it to be a thoughtful, comprehensive overview of the field and the unique challenges facing art appraisal in Cuba. With that in mind, we thought Cuban Art News readers would enjoy a brief excerpt from the book, An Approach to Advanced Problems in Appraising Art with a special focus on Cuba. Here, Alex makes his case for art appraisal in Cuba as an independent professional field, separate from government sponsorship or support.
Returning to Havana after an absence of almost three decades, Consuelo Castañeda presented her retrospective CCC 2016 at the restored Galería Orígenes in the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso. Tomorrow, she’s back with an art installation and sesión VJ in Vedado. In a chat with Rafael DiazCasas, Castañeda talks about her exhibition, the Cyber Cultural Center, and tomorrow’s event.
Memorabilia is Carlos Estévez’s fifth solo exhibition at Miami’s Pan American Art Projects. While continuing to explore such recurring themes as man’s place in the universe and human relations in general, the pieces in the show reflect a certain shift in his work—including materials and techniques, such as drawing and painting with smoke. Estévez talked about his current work with Pan American Art Projects curator Irina Leyva.
At the height of his career, barely 40 years old, Carlos Alfonzo died in Miami in 1991. An exhibition at Fredric Snitzer Gallery explores the expressive power of the artist’s late work.
The artists who came of age before the vanguardia movement are among the least well known in Cuban art history. Art historian and conservator Dayamí Cabrera González introduces us to a central member of this “lost generation,” the artist Ramón Loy.