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A Selection of Our Past Stories

Update: The Last Summer Shows, First Autumn Shows Debut

Armando Mariño and Ángel Delgado open solo shows in Copenhagen and Mexico City as Carlos Estévez and Marta María Pérez Bravo prepare for openings later this month. A tour of the Cuban Pavilion at Venice debuts online, the family of Mario Carreño launches a new foundation, and a show about Antonia Eiríz opens next week in Miami.

Exhibition Close-Up: Diversionismo Ideológico

The concept of “ideological diversionism” first emerged in Cuba in the early 1970s. Now, curator Wendy Navarro uses it as the springboard for a provocative inquiry into ideology and its impact on contemporary life, through the work of Lázaro Saavedra, Adrian Melis, and artists from Spain, Mexico, and Colombia.

“Making Amends:” Carlos Garaicoa in Tampa

La enmienda que hay en mí (Making Amends), an exhibition of works by internationally acclaimed Cuban artist Carlos Garaicoa, opened last night (August 23) at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa. On view: “The Crown Jewels,” the cut-paper metropolis “Bend City,” and other recent installations, sculptures, and manipulated photographs.

First Look: The 2019 Havana Biennial

Cuba’s most important art event is once again expected to bring the international art world to Havana. Here’s our first preview of the 13th Havana Biennial—artists, projects, and an expansive leap beyond the capital.

Opening This Weekend: Adiós Utopia

This weekend, Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. By way of a preview, we open our coverage with the complete lists of artists in the show—a multigenerational roster whose works span close to 70 years of Cuban art and history.

Descemer Bueno: Creating an Urban Latin Sound

Descermer Bueno—writes music critic Joaquín Borges Triana—is one of Cuba’s best examples of ajiaco, or fusion music. He sings in the hope of creating bridges of communication and understanding among Cubans, wherever they are.

“El Yuma”: Looking at the US from the Island

The past two years have seen a spike in US citizens traveling to Cuba, eager to learn about a country and a culture that have long been off limits. But how do Cubans see the US? The recent exhibition El Yuma: Contemporary Cuban Art asked that question of 14 artists. Here are some of the answers, with commentary by co-curator Sachie Hernández.

Tonel in Germany: Curating Overseas

Recently, Overseas: Cuba and The Bahamas. Contemporary Art from the Caribbean opened at an art space in Germany. Here, Tonel takes us through the exhibition and the process of creating it, from initial thinking to final form.

Cuba’s Answer to Disneyland?

It’s #8 on Tripadvisor’s top Havana list, beating out the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the Paseo del Prado, and the Cemetario de Colón. The New York Times turned it into a 360-degree video. What makes José Fuster’s vast art project such an international favorite?


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