Opening Tonight: Wifredo Lam and the Cuban Avant Garde: Fifty Years of Art. At Cernuda Arte gallery in Coral Gables, Florida, this exhibition gathers together more than 50 works by outstanding Cuban modernists of the 20th century. Lam heads the list, along with such artists as Eduardo Abela, Cundo Bermúdez, Mario Carreño, Roberto Diago, Carlos Enríquez, Aristides Fernández, Víctor Manuel García, Antonio Gattorno, Luis Martínez Pedro, José Mijares, Raúl Milián, Amelia Peláez, Fidelio Ponce de León, René Portocarrero, Domingo Ravenet, and Mariano Rodríguez.
Many of the key members of the vanguardia spent their formative creative years outside the island, frequently in Paris and New York. Lam shared a double show with Picasso in New York in 1939; two years later Amelia Peláez had a solo New York show, and the following year—1942—Lam had a solo show at the Pierre Matisse gallery. Many of the artists in the Cernuda Arte show were included in the influential 1944 exhibition Modern Cuban Painters, organized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The opening tonight for Wifredo Lam and the Cuban Avant Garde: Fifty Years of Art coincides with the local “First Friday” gallery night. The reception runs 7-10 p.m.
Opening Tonight: Anthony Goicolea – Permanent Marker. The Cuban-American artist is showing photographs, paintings, drawings, and a new site-specific installation at the Ron Mandos gallery in Amsterdam. The exhibition explores themes of structure and monumentality, by way of ad hoc, haphazard constructions made of bottles, sheets, plates, and ropes—photographed and invented structures that, despite their flimsy, impromptu air, bring to mind older, far more massive monuments. The opening reception tonight runs from 5 to 7 p.m., and the Brooklyn-based Goicolea will be there.
Opening Sunday: Empire in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. At the exhibition and performance space FiveMyles, this exhibition brings together twelve international artists—including Havana- and Miami-based Glexis Novoa—who consider themes of conquest and expansion through domination of the landscape, commercialization, ethnic conflicts, and bodily exploitation. For this show, Novoa will re-create a work that’s currently also on view in the exhibition Politics: I Do Not Like It, But It Likes Me, on view in Gdansk, Poland:Danzig ist Deutsch (2013), a site-specific drawing installation that uses the visual language of the Soviet era to call into question such utopian ideals as progress and equality. The opening reception this Sunday runs 5:30 to 8 p.m.. The show is on view through June 9.