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07
Dec
Return Engagement: Consuelo Castaneda on her first Havana show in almost 30 years

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 …

05
Dec
Look at the Camera: 5 Emerging Cuban Photographers

Art historian Yenny Hernández Valdés surveys the work of Arien Chang, Alfredo Sarabia, Jr., Jorge Otero, Rodney Batista, and Yanahara Mauri, five young photographic artists who respond to Cuba’s strong documentary tradition, filtered through their own distinctive sensibilities.

30
Nov
More Than Fossils and Lizards: An Art-Focused Look at ¡Cuba!

A research expedition into the biodiversity of eastern Cuba may have been the starting point for !Cuba! But even at a natural history museum, art was not left behind.

28
Nov
Auction Report: Mariano’s Gallos Take Flight, New Records Set 

As predicted, it was a hot week for Cuban art, with record-breaking figures achieved by several artists in the Latin American sales. Much of the action focused on “Cuba Moderna: Masterworks from a Private Collection,” the sale-within-a-sale in the Christie’s auction, but there were surprises at Phillips and Christie’s too.

24
Nov
Miami Art Week: Museums and Galleries

From women artists at the Lowe to Luis Cruz Azaceta at the new American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora, the Island is a big part of this year’s Art Week events and exhibitions. And perhaps more interesting: a wave of international group …

21
Nov
Preview: Sun Shines on Miami Art Week

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 catching Cuban art at the fairs….

16
Nov
Auction Preview: Hot Week for Cuban Art

A wealth of exceptional contemporary and modern works dominate Cuban art in this week’s Latin American sales, especially at Christie’s. All three houses have outstanding works on offer, many of them carrying attractive estimates….

09
Nov
Update: Photography Hot in Havana, Arrechea  and Darié in Miami, Azaceta in New York

Noviembre Fotográfico continues in Havana, Néstor Arenas opens tonight in Miami, and Tresart opens its new Wynwood space with a show of Sandú Darié. Luis Cruz Azaceta opens his first New York solo show in five yea…

07
Nov
The Mysterious World of Belkis Ayón

Seventeen years after her death, artist and master printmaker Belkis Ayón is the subject of a retrospective at the Fowler Museum at UCLA—her first museum show outside Cuba. The curator, Havana-based Cristina Vives, talked with L…

02
Nov
Fors Wins 2016 National Art Award in Havana

Lauded for a lifetime of creative expression and his experimental approach to photography and installation art, José Manuel Fors has been awarded the 2016 Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas. In celebration, a quick walk-through…

31
Oct
City of Columns: Reinterpreting Alejo Carpentier

In 1982, the Cuban edition of La Ciudad de las Columnas paired Alejo Carpentier’s 1963 essay with images by a young, emerging photographer, Ramón Martínez (Grandal). Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Noviembre Fotogr&aa…

26
Oct
Update: Big Week for Cuban Art—Openings Today in Havana, Women Artists in Miami, and a Triple Show in LA

In Havana, re-assessing the 80s Generation from a 2016 viewpoint, tackling “Big Data” from a Cuban perspective, and using the language of medicine to “diagnose” contemporary Cuban art. The CINTAS Awards are reschedule…