At Lisson Gallery’s ABMB booth: Carmen Herrera, Untitled Estructura (Blue), 1966/2015
© Carmen Herrera. Courtesy Lisson Gallery

Next week, the international art world descends on Miami, ready to take on a whirlwind of fairs, exhibitions, and events, anchored by Art Basel Miami Beach.

Here’s our guide to some of the top spots for seeing Cuban art at the 2016 fairs.

Many fairs open with invitation-only VIP previews the evening before their official opening. For details, check the websites for individual fairs.

And check back on Friday (after the US Thanksgiving holiday) for an Art Week preview of Cuban art and artists in Miami-area museums and galleries.


November 29–December 4

For several years now, three top South Florida galleries have made this fair their Art Week headquarters, and the 2016 edition is no exception. Servando Cabrera Moerno, Agustín Cárdenas, and Amelia Peláez are among the 20th-century artists showcased at Cernuda Arte, along with contemporary artists like Tomás Sánchez and Roberto Fabelo.

At Pan American Art Projects, artists include Gustavo Acosta, Ariamna Contino, Frank Mujica and Diana Fonseca, as well as Carlos Estévez and Abel Barroso.

Gustavo Acosta, The Spiritual I, 2016
Courtesy Gustavo Acosta and Pan American Art Projects

Tresart, which recently opened its new space in Wynwood, is featuring Wifredo Lam. Both Cernuda Arte and Pan American Art Projects also have Lam among their offerings.

Others at Art Miami include Diana Lowenstein Gallery, showing Lidzie Alvisa and Humberto Díaz, and Waltman Ortega Fine Art, showing Jorge Enrique and Frank Mujica.


November 29–December 4

Cuban artists are also represented in Art Miami’s sister fair, devoted to emerging and mid-career artists.

Elio Rodríguez and José Ángel Vincench are among the artists presented by the Chelsea-based 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel. The gallery will present a new soft sculpture by Rodríguez in his Puzzle series, as well as drawings on canvas. Vincench’s work includes gold leaf paintings on canvas and new bronze work.

Elio González, from the Puzzle series, 2016
Courtesy Elio González and 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel

Look for Carlos Estévez at LaCa Projects, based in Charlotte, NC, and Ángel Delgado at Miami’s own Art Bastion Gallery.

With its Manhattan space currently showing Luis Cruz Azaceta, Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery is bringing Azaceta works to Miami as well, including a major painting in the Swimming to Havana series. The booth will also feature work by José Bedia.

A work by Luis Cruz Azaceta from the Swimming to Havana series, currently on view at Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery in Manhattan.
Photo: Cuban Art News


November 29–December 4

Havana’s Galería Artis 718 makes an appearance at this year’s Scope fair, bringing work by The-Merger, William Pérez, and other artists. Look for them at Booth H15.

William Pérez, Sense of Direction, 2016
Courtesy Galería Artis 718

Panama-based NG Art and Gallery returns to Scope with a boothful of Cuban artists, including woven photographs by Jorge Otero, installations by Lisandra Ramírez, surreal, erotic works by painter Lancelot Alonso, and expressionist canvases by Neils Reyes. Stand F09.

Niels Reyes, La Niña del Cayo
Courtesy NG Art and Gallery


December 1–4

Pinta celebrates its 10th edition in 2016 with the theme of “Crossing Cultures,” and the debut of the Young Collectors Desk, a resource for collectors new to Latin American art. And check the schedule for Pinta Forum—not yet announced as this article went online—for interesting conversations with curators, collectors, and artists.

At Pinta, galleries showing Cuban art include Mexico-based GE Galería, showing Luis Cruz Azaceta, José Bedia, Marta María Pérez Bravo, Alexis Esquivel, Geandy Pavón, and several other artists.

Look for more work by Bedia at the booth for Berlin-based Nova Invaliden Galerie, directed by Omar Pascual Castillos and Álvaro Bayo Neira. Miami’s Sammer Gallery LLC is showing work by Sandú Darié and Loló Soldevilla, among others.


December 1–4

The standout at Pulse this year is New York’s Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, which is back with a show of works by Cuban American artist José Parlá, whose solo show opens November 29 at the National YoungArts Foundation Jewel Box space in Miami. (For details, see the upcoming post on Miami Art Week museums and events.)

José Parlá, Cycles of Revolutions, 2014
Courtesy Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery


December 1–4

This year, some 269 international galleries are headed to the Miami Beach Convention Center to welcome a crowd that ran to 77,000 visitors last year, and could surpass that figure in 2016.

Jack Shainman Gallery is presenting a work by Yoan Capote in the “Public” section of ABMB, a selection of large-scale sculptures curated by Public Art Fund director Nicholas Baume and presented in Collins Park. And look for new Capote «fish-hook paintings» at the Shainman booth as well.

Yoan Capote, Naturaleza Urbana, 2012, on view in Collins Park
©Yoan Capote. Courtesy Yoan Capote and Jack Shainman Gallery

Ana Mendieta is on the roster at the Galerie Lelong booth, which presented a retrospective of Ana Mendieta’s film work last spring. Fredric Snitzer Gallery, which just closed a show by Alexandre Arrechea, is bringing work by Arrechea as well as Carlos Alfonzo, Rafael Domenech, and Enrique Martínez Celaya.

Ana Mendieta, Untitled (Cosmetic Facial Variations), 1972
© The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection. Courtesy Galerie Lelong

With an outpost in Havana and Cuban artists on their roster, Galleria Continua is featuring Cuban art in their booth display, including work by Carlos Garaicoa, José Yaque, and Reynier Leyva Novo, among others. At last year’s fair, Sean Kelly Gallery quickly sold out their selection of works by Los Carpinteros, and will be back this year with more.

Los Carpinteros, Estantería Burbuja, 2016
© Los Carpinteros. Courtesy Sean Kelly

Work by Carmen Herrera were conspicuously absent from last week’s Latin American auctions, but will be at ABMB courtesy of Lisson Gallery. A show by Herrera show opened the gallery’s space in New York last spring, selling out within weeks.

It’s also worth stopping by Mexico City-based Kurimanzutto Gallery, which presented a show by Wilfredo Prieto earlier this year. As part of ABMB’s Kabinett section, Galerie Chantal Crousel is presenting a “precisely curated” focus exhibition on Allora and Calzadilla.

In the Salons discussion program, Alexandre Arrechea takes part in a conversation on “Latin American Collaborations” on Saturday, December 3, at 5 p.m.

Next: Art Week, Part 2 — Cuban art and artists in Miami-area museums and galleries.