Moisés Finalé, Ella vive en otro mundo (She Lives in Another World), 2013
Courtesy Archivo Veigas, Havana

Moíses Finalé at Galería La Acacia. In mid-March, the artist opened a solo show at Galería La Acacia in Havana. The show runs through late April. For a selection of works from the exhibition, see the Moisés Finalé photo album on the Cuban Art News Facebook page.

Carlos Martiel, Punto di Fuga

Carlos Martiel in Italy. Kudos to performance artist Carlos Martiel, winner of the prestigious 2013 Arte Laguna prize. An exhibition of work by the Arte Laguna finalists, including Martiel, continues through the end of the month in Venice at the Tese di San Cristofor, Arsenale Venezia. Vanishing Point, a solo exhibition of Martiel’s work curated by Eugenio Viola, also opened last week in Naples at the Museo Nitsch Napoli, where Martiel presented a performance of the same name. The show runs through April 20.

Installation view of Esterio Segura’s Adiós mi amor (Goodbye My Love) in midtown Manhattan
Photo: Nadia Witte for Times Square Arts

Esterio Segura in California & New York. Now that his 2011 work Adios mi amor (Goodbye My Love) has finally made it out of U.S. customs and is installed in its intended spot in midtown Manhattan, Segura can claim bicoastal status, at least for the next few weeks. In addition to Goodbye My Love, a show of his drawings and objects titled How to be a Whale and Love a Catis on view at Salt Fine Art gallery in Laguna Beach, California, through April 7. Back in New York, look for Goodbye My Love overhead in the pedestrian passage between West 42nd and 43rd Streets on the block between 6th Avenue and Broadway. It remains there through May 13, making this spring the first time in recent memory that public art works by two Cuban artists—Segura and Alexandre Arrechea—are on view in New York City at the same time.

Gustavo Acosta & Carlos González in Miami. Pan American Art Projects has teamed these artists in a pair of parallel showsThere: Postcards from Havana presents a selection of Acosta’s paintings done through the years, which take Havana—a city that Acosta left some 20 years ago—as their focus, either in reality or in memory.

Gustavo Acosta, The Same Sky, 2009
Courtesy Pan American Art Projects
Carlos González, Night Trap, 2012
Courtesy Pan American Art Projects

In contrast to that urban focus, the works in González’s show, Natural Mechanic, are inspired by the mechanisms by which plants spread their seeds. The resulting sculptures are both organic and machinelike, at times whimsical, sometimes haunting. Both shows are on view through April 20.

One of the works in Santiago Olazábal’s show at Galería La Acacia
Courtesy Archivo Veigas, Havana

Santiago Rodríguez Olazábal in Havana & Belgium. No sooner did his solo show open at the Museum of Rum in La Habana Vieja (one of the cultural projects sponsored by the Havana Club brand) than Olazábal was looking ahead to his next show, which opens tonight in Belgium. At Rainhart Gallery in Brussels, Güemilere presents paintings, drawings, and installations rooted in Afro-Cuban Santería, reflecting on the feast celebrated in honor of the orishas. His figurative works are abstractions of this ritual, using a specific and rigorous visual vocabulary. Tonight’s reception begins at 6:30, and the show runs through May 21. For a photo album of Olazábal’s Havana show, courtesy of Archivo Veigas, visit the Cuban Art News Facebook page.

From madonna to Madonna. What do Alexis Esquivel and Yaíma Carrazana have in common with Janine Antoni, Lorna Simpson, and Shirin Neshat? They’re among the more than 50 artists in De madonna a Madonna: (De)Construcciones de lo Feminino (From madonna to Madonna: (De)Constructions of the Feminine), a reflection on contemporary women curated by Paco Barragán. The show runs through May 26 at Domus Artium 2002 (DA2) in Salamanca, Spain.

On Painting: (Prácticas pictóricas actuales…más allá de la pintura o más acá)Half a dozen Cuban artists are among the 66 participants in this exhibition, an ambitious survey of painting as an artistic practice over the past two decades, particularly in Spain and Iberoamerica. The Cubans include José Bedia, Alexis Esquivel, Flavio Garciandía, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Michel Pérez, and Raúl Cordero. With more than 100 works on view, the show runs through July 7 at the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM) in Las Palmas, Grand Canary Islands, Spain. Click here for a photo album of the opening, courtesy of Alexis Esquivel, and here for a CAAM slide show of artists in the show who did site-specific works.

Carlos Estévez, El Inmortal (The Immortal), 2006
Courtesy the Anderson Galleries, University of Buffalo.

Painting Borges: Art Interpreting Literature.Cuban artists Luis Cruz Azaceta, Carlos Estévez, José Franco, Alberto Rey, and Paul Sierra join 11 Argentinian colleagues in responding to, reflecting on, and otherwise interacting with the writings of the Argentinian master Jorge Luis Borges. Now on the last leg of its three-year tour, the exhibition is currently on view at the American University Museum in Washington, DC, where it remains through June 15. The show makes its final appearance at the Anderson Galleries of the University of Buffalo, Buffalo NY, in September.

Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design. Along with No Limit, his public art sculptures along Manhattan’s Park Avenue, Alexandre Arrechea is participating in this international survey of wood works that just opened a few blocks away at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design NYC. Also in the show: María Elena González, whose installation and video Skowhegan Birch #1 bases a performance for player piano on the bark of a birch tree. On view through September 15. Here’s a video of Arrechea in his wood shop, produced by the museum.

Unfinished Spaces now on DVD. How many times have you checked Netflix to see if Unfinished Spaces—the award-winning documentary about the design and building of the National Art Schools (now the Instituto Superior de Artes)—was available yet? After more than a year of international screenings, including US broadcast on PBS, the film is finally going into DVD distribution through PBS on April 2. Along with the 86-minute film, the disc includes more than 45 minutes of bonus footage with the directors and the architects, and Spanish, French and English subtitles.

Behind the Wall at FIFA. Cuban Art News readers might recall our coverage of Detrás del muro (Behind the Wall), the public art project that was one of the standouts at last year’s Havana Biennial. Now, filmmakers Javier Almirante Castillo and Sebastián Cordero’s documentary about the project—produced with its lead curator, Juanito Delgado—has had two screenings at the Montreal International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA). In its preview of the festival, the international art publication The Art Newspaper picked Behind the Wall as one of the top films to see at FIFA.

Here, a short trailer for Detrás del muro.