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Impact and Legacy: CINTAS exhibit in Miami celebrates the art of exile

Through July 12, 2014

MDC Museum of Art + Design,
Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College,
600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Impact and Legacy, the CINTAS Foundation’s 50th-anniversary exhibition celebrating the work of Cuban artists in exile, is a clear validation of the foundation’s success. The sweeping exhibition features the work of CINTAS fellows and honors the foundation’s benefactor, Oscar B. Cintas, a Cuban industrialist, arts patron and U.S. ambassador, who died in 1957. His estate funds annual visual arts fellowships for artists of Cuban heritage living outside the island and gives awards, too, in music composition, architecture and creative writing.

Among them is Anthony Goicolea, whose work is included in this year’s show.

From The Miami Herald

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Cuban-American artist Jorge Pardo opens exhibition in the Augustins Museum in Toulouse

TOULOUSE.- The unique collection of 12th-century Romanesque capitals held at the Musée des Augustins is one of the great cultural treasures of Toulouse. Internationally renowned for his work at the frontiers of art, design and architecture, Jorge Pardo has been invited to rethink the display of this exceptional collection. His installation will remain in place until the 2016 festival.

By turns a painter, designer, architect and display specialist, Jorge Pardo made just about everything he lives with – the furniture, the lamps, his studio, his house. His intensely colourful work seems to flow continuously from one founding impulsion. For going on twenty years he has tirelessly rethought and questioned aesthetic categories and hierarchies, drawing on the ambiguity of a system in which art is constantly undermined and the functional nearly always de-habilitated.

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Angela Valella wins 2013 – 2014 CINTAS Foundation Award in Visual Arts

Angela Valella is an artist and educator born in Cuba, based in Miami. She is the director of The Nightclub project, a nomadic platform established in April 2012 which aims to create dialogue among diverse artistic practices and practitioners through curated exhibitions presented in various venues for one night only. From 2005 to 2011, she cofounded 801 Projects, a contemporary space dedicated to promote the arts that included exhibitions, workshops, and talks. One of the founding members of Design and Architecture School, DASH, in South Florida, she has organized curatorial shows and conferences among other projects. Valella’s works in a variety of media including painting, collage, installation, and video. She investigates problems of perception, selective accumulation and non-linearity.

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Ana Mendieta in Rome: interview with Raquel Cecilia

Studio International talks to film-maker Raquel Cecilia about documenting Ana Mendieta’s last creative years in Italy

by CINDI Di MARZO

Since Cuban American artist Ana Mendieta died in 1985 at the age of 36 in tragic and obscure circumstances, many efforts – including the seemingly definitive 2004 travelling exhibition Ana Mendieta: Earth Body, Sculpture and Performance 1972-1985 organised by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC – have been initiated to ensure her presence in contemporary art history and revisit critical appraisal of her work.

In 2013 alone, two retrospectives reminded visitors that Mendieta’s voice continues to resonate even after her death: Ana Mendieta. She Got Love at Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Turin followed by the Hayward Gallery’s Ana Mendieta: Traces in London. Apart from her haunting, experimental earth-body works, sculptures, films and photographs, Mendieta has become a symbol for many people who draw strength from her fearless dialogue with their concerns: gender bias in the arts; violence against women globally; racial discrimination; personal and cultural alienation; and the enduring ability of nature – in Mendieta’s view a benevolent feminine power celebrated in matriarchal societies and primitive religions – to restore and heal the soul.

Photo: Ana Mendieta. Tree of Life, 1976. Colour photograph, 50.8 x 33.7 cm. Collection Raquelin Mendieta Family Trust.

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Diango Hernández at 1ST INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART BIENNIAL, CARTAGENA DE INDIAS, COLOMBIA

The city of Cartagena has strong connections to cinema, music, dance and traditional artisanal crafts and this first edition of the biennial honors these cultural manifestations while introducing both national and international contemporary perspectives.

From February 7 to April 7, 2014 the entire city will be activated by multidisciplinary exhibitions in diverse venues throughout the city, including a number of installations and performance in public spaces, and a solid educational program of conferences, artist talks and workshops. All of the biennial programming is free and open to BIACI 2014 is a platform that brings contemporary artists from 45 different countries and across generations into the same context in order to promote dialogue and create connections between national and international artists. The Biennial is organized by the Fundación BIACI, a not for profit organization whose main purpose is to promote international and national contemporary art in Cartagena de Indias.

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Enrique Martínez Celaya: A Prolific Journey with a Bright Future

By Saida Santana

Azure

In the oeuvre of this Cuban American artist, the fine line between art, philosophy, literature and religion is blurred, almost nonexistent. The complexity of his works will be on view this February at Andersson/Sandström Gallery in Umeå, Sweden.

Artist Enrique Martínez Celaya incorporates multiple media to express his vision of art and life: painting, sculpture, photography or writing. These disciplines are intertwined in particular contexts or environments, in which the line that separates art, philosophy, literature and religion almost seems to disappear. From February 2 to March 7, the complexity of his oeuvre will be displayed at Andersson/Sandström Gallery in Umeå, Sweden, in the exhibition titled A Wasted Journey, A Half-Finished Blaze.

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Glexis Novoa, recipient of The Joan Mitchell Foundation 2013 Painters & Sculptors Grant

The Joan Mitchell Foundation announces the 2013 Painters & Sculptors Grant Recipients

December 13, 2013

New York, NY – The Joan Mitchell Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-five recipients of the 2013 Painters & Sculptors Grant Program in the amount of $25,000 each.
The Painters & Sculptors Grant Program was established in 1993 to assist individual artists. The grants are given to acknowledge painters and sculptors creating work of exceptional quality.Nominators from across the country are invited to recommend artists, at any stage in their career, whom they feel deserve more recognition for their creative achievements and whose practice would significantly benefit from the grant. The candidates’ images were viewed for consideration through an anonymous process by a jury panel that convened this fall at the office of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Nominators and jurors include prominent visual artists, curators, and art educators.
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“Sympletic Structures” Exhibition Highlights the Work of Rafael Domenech

From November 8 through 17, 2013

 

NWSA@Artseen Gallery
2215 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33127

Rafael Domenech, a visual arts college junior from New World School of the Arts, will exhibit his body of work in an exhibition entitled Symplectic Structures. His first solo show in Miami, it explores the process of deconstruction in an effort to arrive at the foundation of once recognizable objects. Working on numerous pieces, the monochromatic exhibition – which has taken over six months to complete – is comprised of three sculptures and 20 works on paper. Using found objects such as wood, tape and fluorescent lighting, the composition is harmoniously created and curated in an attempt to draw the viewer into an abstract world where shapes and forms intertwine, while moving in and out of the space they occupy in a rhythmic pattern that is both, arbitrary and coherent.

 

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Andres Serrano And Three Other Artists Make Work About Death

October 31, 2013 by 

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Andres Serrano has built a reputation creating imagery that is shocking and confronts the viewer with heavy content, unapologetically.  His series on death takes this to the next level. Each image, a close-up intimate composition of the deceased subject, is titled according to the cause of death.  The Death Series functions as a mirror of our own mortality, delivered rawly and beautifully in rich colors and blank stares.

 

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Eduardo Sarmiento at the Snite Museum of Art

 

The Snite Museum of Art on the University of Notre Dame has just added to its permanent collection two drawings by Sarmiento: the diptych “Through the Eyes of Desire”.

“The interest in theatrical images and spaces found throughout Latin American art of the last hundred years emerges in his work in a renewed way…  Figurative painter of consummate skill, Sarmiento explores complex emotional states…”
- Ricardo Pau-Llosa
Fragment from the essay: Yearning & Desire. Recent works on paper.

 

Link:>>Eduardo Sarmiento Web Page

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Ofill Echevarria’s “El Mundo de los Vivos” is Released

This first book of Cuban American artist Ofill Echevarria (La Habana, 1972) is presented in collaboration with Un-Gyve Limited. Debuting as a member of Grupo Arte Calle in 1988, a graduate of la Academia San Alejandro, Ofill Echevarria has since exhibited his work in galleries and museums internationally. He lives and works in New York City, the urban reality of which is vividly depicted in “El Mundo de los Vivos” book and touring exhibition.

Unveiled in Mexico City with the support of Galeria Alfredo Ginocchio and the exhibit “Momentum,” the work has now launched in the United States with the coinciding solo exhibition “The Real World,” new large scale oil paintings from Ofill and a selection of his moving pictures, at the Carriage House Center for the Arts, sponsored by the Cuban Cultural Center and the Gabarron Foundation, New York City.

The 125 page clothbound hardcover with text contributed by Carol Damian, Emilio Garcia Montiel and Alejandro Robles, translated by Marilu Menendez is now available for purchase online.

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GEAN MORENO AND ERNESTO OROZA at Wharton + Espinosa, Los Angeles

by Andrea Magenheimer

Gean Moreno and Ernesto Oroza are both Miami cultural heavyweights, and in their work together are known for curating, writing and research-driven artistic practice.

The two have collaborated on several projects, harkening back to their first show together in 2008,Studio Scrap Stool. These stools, cut and reorganized 2×4” planks, were the beginning of a dialogue regarding materials and their concern with the standards of a “designed object,” and how that could be manipulated to produce meaning.

Link in Spanish > Arte al día

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María Elena González wins Grand Prize at 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts Ljubljana

The jury, whose members included Tev Logar (president), Chema de Francisco, Sally Tallant and Dusica Kirjakovic, awarded the Grand Prize of the 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts to Cuban artist María Elena González for her work The Tree Talk Series.

María Elena González (1957), born in Havana, Cuba, lives and works in New York and Basel, Switzerland.  “Best known for sculptural installations that are architecturally as well as personally informed, one of González’s most recent series, Tree Talk, was inspired by her encounter with a fallen birch tree in the woods of the summer artist colony the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.

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Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada’s 11 Acre Portrait in Belfast Field

Belfast’s reputation for producing stuff that’s larger than life continues with a monumental artwork that comes a century after the sinking of the Titanic.

“Wish” is a portrait of a local 6-year-old girl that has been carved into an 11-acre field close to where the Harland and Wolff shipyard, birthplace of the massive doomed ship, once stood.

It’s the work of Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, who has been known for creating enormous portraits such as one of Barack Obama on a Barcelona beachfront.

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Ernesto Pujol’s “Social Choreography” in Lower Manhattan

Pujol was born in Cuba and raised there and in Puerto Rico. As a site-specific public performance artist, his work explores concepts of collective identity, spirituality, and the notion of the artist as a citizen and cultural worker. “I believe that everyone has the right to culture,” he has stated. “And I mean critical culture rather than entertainment. Critical culture is a human right.” His performance practice is based on walking—“durational group performances as public art,” as he states in his website, creating “psychic restorative portraits of peoples and places across the U.S.” Most recently, Pujol choreographed a work presented this past summer at the Istanbul Modern Art Museum, in collaboration with Jeffrey Baykal-Rollins and the Silsila Collective.

Time After Us was presented as part of “Crossing the Line,” an annual festival of interdisciplinary and performance art presented in New York by the French Institute Alliance Française. It took place in Saint Paul’s Chapel, one of the oldest churches in New York, which opened for Episcopal services in 1776.

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Antonia Eiriz’s at MDC

Through November 17th, 2013

 

MDC Museum of Art & Design, Freedom Tower
600 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL

The sweeping canvases of the late Cuban painter Antonia Eiriz are not always easy to view. That is not to say they are harsh and hard — very little overt violence is expressed in these works; but the blurred faces and figures are contorted, silently shouting out in pain, or they are just silently suffering.

Many of her works — thought to walk the line between expressionism and abstraction — are covering the walls of MDC Museum of Art + Design at the Freedom Tower, a huge space well-suited to this retrospective of an artist under-appreciated in the United States, and Miami (although not by many within the art community). In fact, this is the biggest exhibit of her work, called Antonia Eiriz: A Painter and Her Audience.

In an interesting addition, curator and artist Michele Weinberg has included a number of contemporary artists who have been influenced by Eiriz. The variety of works highlighted in this section — from Luisa Basnuevo and Nereida Garcia-Ferraz to Ana Mendieta, Glexis Novoa and Tomas Sanchez — underscore that Eiriz’s influence was far broader than simply imparting the tricks of the trade to a new group of emerging artists.

 

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The Pearl – Enrique Martinez Celaya – Sante Fe

July 13–October 13, 2013

 

SITE Santa Fe
1606 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM

In The Pearl, Cuban American artist Enrique Martínez Celaya takes up the drama of youth, wrought as it is with fear, wonder, trepidation and exuberance, in various proportions, and explores both the deterioration of memory and memory’s role in informing the present.

The Pearl is an immersive environment that sprawls across the entirety of SITE Santa Fe’s 12,000 square feet of gallery spaces. Utilizing painting, sculpture, sound, video, and light, the artist creates various installations threaded together by a continuous clear plastic tube of circulating water. The viewer follows the flow of the water from gallery to gallery in a manner suggestive of following a narrative. However, the individual installations are more akin to rhythmic pulses within a meandering melody, or emotional beats within a theatrical performance. They are better described as moments of encounter, sparsely arranged in the vast gallery space, replete with both climaxes and spaces of silence.

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Cintas Foundation announce finalists

October 10 – December 15, 2013

 

MDC Museum of Art & Design, Freedom Tower
600 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL
 

Miami Dade College (MDC), home of the CINTAS Fellows Collection, and the CINTAS Foundation have announced this year’s visual arts finalists for the annual CINTAS Foundation Fellowship competition. The competition awards a $10,000 fellowship for each winner in three categories: visual arts, music and creative writing.

The 2013-14 CINTAS Fellowship Visual Arts finalists are:Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Joseph Michael Lopez, Lourdes Perdomo, Marta María Pérez Bravo, Olivia Ramos, Lissette Schaeffler, Ruben Torres Llorca, Ivan Toth Depeña, and Angela Valella.

The article that follows is in Spanish.

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Facebook censura al artista Erik Ravelo

<<Article is in Spanish>>

 

Facebook ha cancelado la página del artista plástico cubano Erik Ravelo por un supuesto “autolesionismo”, en relación con fotografías de su campaña Los Intocables, a favor de la infancia.

“Parece que la gente empezó a quejarse. Es absurdo, porque mis fotos no son agresivas, forman parte de una campaña de sensibilización a favor de la infancia”, señaló el artista.

Anteriormente, The Huffington Post se había hecho eco de su campaña social en Estados Unidos, pero la versión italiana del famoso portal izquierdista censuró la foto del religioso.

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Ana Mendieta: death of an artist foretold in blood

Article by: Sean O’Hagan

The Observer September 22, 2013

 

The mystery of how the Cuban artist Ana Mendieta fell 34 floors from the window of her New York apartment in 1985 has echoes in the dark, ritualistic images she left behind

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Leyden Rodriguez Casanova

by:Jordan Levin

Miami Herald  - September 22, 2013

 

For five years, visual artists Leyden Rodriguez Casanova and Frances Trombly were happily ensconced in a rent-free studio in the Design District, adding to the cachet that helped the neighborhood boom as a cultural destination.

As their landlord and patron, developer Craig Robins, began transforming the area into a luxury shopping destination, the couple went looking for a new home. They tried Miami Beach, Wynwood and Little River before moving last summer to Miami’s next cultural frontier: Downtown.

 

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Alberto Jorge Carol – “Authoritarian Form”

“Authoritarian Form,” the work of Cuban artist Alberto Jorge Carol has been awarded the Third Place in the competition American Art Today. The Miami based artist’s work is currently on view at The Bascom, Center for the Visual Arts in Highlands, NC. Previously, this painting was included in the 62nd All Florida Annual Juried Competition and Exhibition, Boca Raton Museum of Art, 2013.

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Coco Fusco Among Winners of 2013 Absolut Art Awards

Renata Lucas and Coco Fusco have been announced as the winners of the 2013 Absolut Art Award, in Stockholm, by Absolut Art Award Jury President Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.

New York-based interdisciplinary artist, writer and lecturer Coco Fusco receives the €20,000 cash prize for Art writing, plus up to €25,000 towards the publication and distribution of a new book, in collaboration with a leading publishing house.

This is the first year that the prize, established in 2009, has been presented both for Art Work and Art Writing.

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Janet Batet on Antonia Eiríz: “In the Eye of the Sibyl”

Published: September 18, 2013-  Cuban Art News

The curator and critic reflects on a seminal figure in contemporary Cuban art

 

Earlier this month, the exhibition Antonia Eiríz: A Painter and Her Audience opened at the MDC Museum of Art + Design in Miami. Writer and curator Janet Batet shares excerpts from her essay “Antonia Eiríz: En la pupila de la sibila,” which appears in the exhibition catalogue.

Antonia Eiríz was born in spring, on April 1st, 1929, in the Juanelo neighborhood of Havana. According to the Chinese zodiac she is a snake, and those born under this sign always prefer intellectual challenges. Matters of the body do not interest them, but rather analysis and intuition.

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Fundación Mario Carreño established in Chile

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Cuban artist Mario Carreño, his descendants have established a Foundation under his name.

The artist, born on June 24th, 1913 in Havana, moved to Chile in 1958, and it was in this country that the Foundation, intended to highlight his life and works, was presented.

 

Link: >> La Tercera (In Spanish)

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Angel Delgado -Paisajes incomodos

 

Angel Delgado’s new paintings have colour and form in a very Japanese style. The mood and movement is unique to the artist: they remind us of his objects that refer to masses and the individual, freedom and containment, good and bad luck depending on the zoom. Strikingly full the works are very transparent, you can see through them many layers of interpretations and technique. A complete artist recognised for his performances, videos, photography, sculpture objects and especially for the handkerchiefs that narrate stories of inmates in any prison of the world, Delgado has been painting during the last years. Nina Menocal will show his works later this year.

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10 of the best Latin American Artists

….. These artists are building an artistic career in the U.S., especially in the multi-cultural hotspot of Miami.

The Cuban Americans mentioned are:

Jose Bedia, Baruj Salinas, Connie LLoveras, Tomas Sanchez, Julio Larraz

 

 

Link;>>Huffington Post

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Eduardo Sarmiento at the Museum of Latin American Art

<< Three works added to the permanent collection>>

 

Museum of Latin American Art
628 Alamitos Avenue,
Long Beach, CA 90802

 

I paint obsessively, restlessly, feverishly, triggered by the torture of the creative impulse and the certainty that erotic stimulus generates multiple and varying reactions to be explored. I continue to search for concrete answers, I can only attest that every experience is a hallucinating battle.

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Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada New Mural In Vitry, France

Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada just completed this brilliant and massive mural somewhere on the streets of Vitry, France.
The intense beauty of Jorge Rodriguez- Gerada’s artwork is heightened by the artist’s obsession with picture surface- Jorge’s pieces are painted directly onto our manmade environment, yet appear to spring forth so organically from the bubbling paint and crumbling brickwork. The artist stresses his artworks should work ‘in harmony with their location.’
This wall was organised by Mathgoth Gallery. -StreetArtNews.net

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Donald Rubin collection and Clara Morera

Financial Times May 3, 2013

Donald Rubin, founder with his wife Shelley of New York’s Rubin Museum of Art, which focuses on the art of the Himalayas and which he has stocked with 3,800 works, has been amassing since 2009 what may be the world’s biggest private collection of contemporary Cuban art. According to his curator Rachel Perera Weingeist, at the last count there were 543 works by some 60 Cuban-born artists.

There are few sculptural works in the collection, because Rubin prefers two-dimensional pieces that can be readily hung in rooms, but Clara Morera is another favourite (he owns 13 works)whose mixed-media-on-wood assemblages feature in the current show. Found-art imagery of the US dollar combined with Cuban pesos and Cuban Convertible Pesos jokily sugest that the two economies may in fact be one.

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