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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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“HABEAS CORPUS: NUDE, IDEOLOGY AND IDENTITY IN CUBAN PHOTOGRAPHY (1982-1993)”, by WILLY CASTELLANOS at Aluna Art Foundation, Miami

Saturday, March 22nd/2014 at 7:00pm

ALUNA ART FOUNDATION
172 B WEST FLAGLER STREET
MIAMI, FL 33130

Aluna Art Foundation & Focus Locus cordially invites you to “HABEAS CORPUS: NUDE, IDEOLOGY AND IDENTITY IN CUBAN PHOTOGRAPHY (1982-1993)”, the last of our talks with art historian, curator and photographer WILLY CASTELLANOS; as part of the series “ART, DOCUMENT AND REALITY: REFRACTIONS ON PHOTOGRAPHY IN CUBA” (History, Theory and Criticism).

WILLY CASTELLANOS An art historian, curator and photographer, holder of a degree in History of Arts from the University of Havana (1993) were he graduated with a thesis on photography: “Nude as Objet and Strategy in Cuban Photography (1982-1993)”; Castellanos left Cuba in 1994 to Argentina.
In 2001, he moved to Miami, where he actually lives and works. His writings on art have been published in the magazines Fotomundo (Buenos Aires), Revolución y Cultura (Havana), P’alante Magazine/The Sun Sentinel (Broward, FL), Arte al Día International, LetraUrbana.com and Nagari Magzine, as well as in several exhibition catalogs in the United States.
In Miami, Castellanos was the Curator of the photography exhibition “Prayers for Saints and Orishas” at the Spanish Cultural Center of Miami (CCE), and also of “New Gods by José Franco,” and “20 Brands by Felix Beltrán” (co-curated with Rafael López-Ramos) for the Miami Dade College Art Gallery System (AGC).
Castellanos is the co-author of the critical essay for the book of Cuban photographer Raúl Canibano published by La Fabrica (Madrid, 2012); and is currently working on the publication of two more books on Cuban contemporary photography.
His photographic essay “Exodus: a missing page in history”, which documents the start of the massive wave of “rafters” that left the coast of Havana in 1994, was selected and invited in 2012 to open the Photoamerica edition of Arteamericas, the Latin-American Contemporary Art Fair of Miami. His shots have been featured in one-man and group shows in Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, and the United States.

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Juan Erman Gonzalez: Over My Rainbow at Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, FL

March 29 – May 25, 2014
Opening Reception: Fri., March 28, 6 – 9 pm

Art and Culture Center of Hollywood
1650 Harrison St.
Hollywood, FL 33020

Juan Erman Gonzalez will present Over My Rainbow, a mixed-media installation consisting of a variety of works continuing his thematic concentration of migration, trans-culturism, exile, and displacement. Using utilitarian methodologies such as assemblage, cut paper, ceramics, and sewing, and utilizing post production, recycled, and donated goods, Gonzalez will take us through “Ozlandia” and his personal permutations, observations, and adaptations throughout the trip.

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Maria Elena Gonzalez in group show at Peter Blake Gallery, CA

March 15 – April 26, 2014

Peter Blake Gallery
435 OCEAN AVENUE,
LAGUNA BEACH, CA 92651
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PAVEL ACOSTA: STOLEN FROM THE MET, at Zadok Gallery, Miami

Opening: Thursday, March 6, 2014

 

Zadok Gallery
2534 North Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33127

Pavel Acosta’s new series, Stolen from the Met, is an unprecedented tour de force in rediscovering old masters under a new light. Upon his arrival to New York a couple of years ago, he has embarked in a journey to investigate the pictorial techniques of giants like Velázquez, Vermeer, El Greco, Van Gogh, Picasso and others. Firstly, I was afraid he would go on to forge paintings to make a decent living; then I found out that he only was seeking to translate them into his own language of monochromatic obsession. The outcome has been truly outstanding. Acosta not only wants to emulate these painters and comment on museums’ nuanced engagement with their images, but also doing so in a manner that is sophisticating and therefore rewarding for the viewer.

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Juan Antonio Molina Cuesta: A Conversation on Cuban Photography of the 90′s at ALUNA ART FOUNDATION, Miami

Thursday March 6th, 2014 at 7:00pm

ALUNA ART FOUNDATION
172-b west Flagler Street,
Miami FL 33130

Aluna Art Foundation cordially invites you to our ongoing talks | March 2014
ART, DOCUMENT AND REALITY: REFRACTIONS ON PHOTOGRAPHY IN CUBA (History, Theory and Criticism)
“SINCE THE WHORES HAD GONE: URBAN SPACE, EROTICISM, DOCUMENT, AND POLITICS”.
A conversation on Cuban Photography of the 90’s by art critic and curator Juan Antonio Molina (in Spanish)

“SINCE THE WHORES HAD GONE” is the title of the book in process that brings together newspaper articles, essays, and chronicles, written during the last 20 years by Juan Antonio Molina on contemporary Cuban Photography. The book will also include subjects as the representations of urban space, the relationship between photography and poetry, body, fiction, staging, and the different alternatives of what the author called “New Documentary in Cuba”. Parallel to these reflections, the essay opens a space on identity and rootlessness, aesthetic utopia and political disenchantment, as well as memory and the recent national history.

JUAN ANTONIO MOLINA (Havana,1965)

Art critic, professor and independentcurator, Juan Antonio Molina was a researcher and curator for the Fototeca Nacional de Cuba and for the Wifredo Lam Center – which organizes the Havana Biennial. In Mexico he was a contributor to the Fototeca Nacional of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, and for the Centro de la Imagen (Images Center?) of the Centro Nacional de las Artes. In 2009, he wasthe coordinator of the XIII Bienal de Fotografía of Mexico, organized by the Centro de la Imagen and the Centro Nacional de las Artes. Between June and December 2009, Molina was the coordinator of the Seminar of Contemporary of the Centro de la Imagen.

In recent years, Molina has taught and lectured at The Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, The Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, The Universidad Veracruzana, and The Instituto Potosino de Bellas Artes among others. His writings have been published in Aperture, Arte al Dia International, Replicant, C International Photo Magazine, Arte Cubano, Encuentros de la Cultura Cubana, Fisura, Arte y Naturaleza, Origina, Tierra Adentro, Atlántica Internacional de las Artes, and Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe, among other journals.

He currently leads the project “Página en blando: curatorial works, criticism and art education” in Mexico City.

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Diango Hernández: In hazard, translated, Kunstverein Nürnberg, Germany

Opening: Friday, February 28, 2014

March 1 – May 11, 2014

Kunstverein Nürnberg
Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft
Kressengartenstraße 2
90402 Nürnberg

“Coming out there into the blackness the blast hit him in the mouth, stopping his breath. He tried to gasp, but he could not: something pungent had filled his lungs, so that they retched and shuddered in the attempt to breathe. The wind was wrapping it round him in hot, greasy blasts. His unseeing eyes poured with water, smarted as in mustard gas. He must be in a cloud of dense smoke: but he could not see it, of course—the night could be no darker than it was anyhow. He had no idea where it came from: possibly the fiddley. The thing to do now was to find his way to the Bridge—if his lungs held out. Keeping his head with an effort of will, he began to feel his way along, holding his breath (what little breath he had), resisting the dangerous temptation to hurry.” (1)

During the afternoon of November 9, 1932 in the southeast of Cuba, a powerful short blast of wind violently snatched thousands of pieces of fruit from their trees; for more than five minutes, oranges, mangoes and papayas flew frenetically around like only scared birds know how. The next morning, on November 10, the coastal village of Santa Cruz del Sur and its 3,000 inhabitants had disappeared. During the previous night and in the space of a few minutes, the sea, with gigantic waves measuring five metres high in places, flooded miles of land.

 

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Gladys Triana: “Sharply into a Light Space,” at Syracuse University, NY

Feb. 27 – April 25, 2014

Opening reception: Thursday Feb. 27 from 6-8 p.m

Syracuse University
900 South Crouse Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244

Point of Contact Gallery is hosting an opening reception for “Sharply into a Light Space,” an exhibition by Gladys Triana, on Thursday, Feb. 27. The exhibition deals with themes of climate change and the future of our natural environment in a series of photographs, two videos and an installation.
Gladys Triana was born in Camagüey, Cuba, in 1937, and since 1975, she has resided in New York City. She completed a B.A. degree at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York; (1976) and an M.A. degree at Long Island University, New York; (1977). She studied print making at the San Fernando University in Madrid, Spain (1970-1972).

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Human, so human, by Angela Valella, at Farside Gallery, Miami

February 5 – March 30, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 22
7 to 9 p.m.

Farside Gallery
1305 Galloway Road (87th Avenue),
Miami, FL 33174

In 1926, El Lissitzky designed the Abstrakt Kabinett for the Hanover Museum. The spectator, conceived as an active participant in the staging of a modern aesthetic, moved through a changing but perfectly complete environment: The angle of the point of view fused with the total vision, a vision in which the seeing subject, the modern spectator, was in possession of an ordered, progressive and universal visual language. (On Abstract Art, Briony Fer (1997, 2000).

The exhibition Human, so human migrates across media including installation, sculpture, photography, prints, collages and video. For this, the exhibition takes the cue from a seminal phrase, “Is better to be an artwork than to be an artist” by Friedrich Nietzsche after which the show paraphrases its name. It results in a multiple groupings of objects both found and fabricated to construct internal relationships.

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Anthony Goicolea, Carlos Garaicoa and Diango Hernández in group show: THE MARVELOUS REAL, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

February 15 – May 11, 2014

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART TOKYO
4-1-1 Miyoshi,
Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0022 Japan

The Marvelous Real
Contemporary Spanish and Latin American Art from The MUSAC Collection

To commemorate 400 years since the Keicho diplomatic mission from Japan to Spain, a wide-ranging program of events is being held in 2013 and 2014 under the banner of celebrating the “400th Anniversary of Japan-Spain Relations.” As part of this program, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC) and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) are presenting “The Marvelous Real,” an exhibition featuring the works of 27 artists selected from the collection of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC), which focuses on Spanish works from the 1990s to the present day.

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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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JOSÉ BEDIA: Recurrencia del animal solitario, at Fundación Iturria, Montevideo, Uruguay

December 2013 – February 2014

FUNDACIÓN ITURRIA
Schroeder 6514 – Montevideo
598 26018082
Artists’ Colony “Rosario Oriental” –
Rosario, Colonia Uruguay

http://iturria.com.uy/fundacion-turria/

JOSÉ BEDIA (Havana, 1959) began his artistic education in 1972 at the Escuela de Bellas Artes San Alejandro, and graduated from Havana’s Instituto Superior de Arte in 1981. He represented Cuba in important Biennales, and his art is all over the world in the best museums and international galleries. He has also travelled around the world, with special interest in the Afro and Amerindian cultures, investigating in the least contacted areas of Perú, México, Kenya, Uganda, Congo and Angola, among many other destinations.

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On this occasion, his travels take him to Uruguay, a country that doesn’t share much with his usual destinations: Uruguay hosts no jungles, native tribes or primitive rituals, nor great mountains or vast deserts.  Instead, it is known for its moderation in every sense of the word: geographical, climatic, social, cultural, political and economical, and certainly doesn’t seem, at first sight, as a profitable trip for the art of Bedia.

 

 

 

 

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Felix Gonzalez-Torres in group show Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection, at Grand Rapids Art Museum, MI

 February 2 – April 27, 2014

Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
 

These are the bold, contemporary, and controversial artists who defined the art of our era. These artists took risks stylistically, thematically, conceptually, and pushed the very boundaries of art.

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Drawn from Emily Fisher Landau’s spectacular donation of over 400 modern and contemporary works of art to the Whitney Museum of American Art, this exhibition of 80 works traces the themes and ideas that have shaped art since the late 1960s—abstraction, conceptualism, postmodernism, questions about the relevance of painting in the aftermath of minimalism, debates about representation, “culture wars,” and a revived interest in personal narratives.

Legacy also illuminates the sociopolitical issues at the forefront of the 1980s downtown New York scene. Important works by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Hujar, Nan Goldin, Keith Haring, David Wojnarowicz, and Lorna Simpson tackle tough subject matter, including AIDS, politics, and gender and race issues.

 

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The Cuban American Phototheque of Miami Presents Ivan Canas’ Artist Talk, Miami

Saturday, February 15 at 7 p.m

 

The Cuban American Phototheque
4260 SW 74 Ave
the Bird Road Art District 
Miami, Florida 33155

The Cuban born photographer Ivan Cañas began his professional career in the 60s, but the protagonists of his personal work were never the leaders of the so called Cuban Revolution that produced thousands of images published all around the world. Although the photographer took with expertise the images requested by the editors of the magazine he worked on, the creator kept always some film to satisfy his personal vision of the everyday life in Cuba.

The Cuban American Phototheque will hold an Artist Talk next Saturday, February 15 at 7 p.m., the occasion of the current exhibition Ivan Canas: A Retrospective. Cuban Art specialist Ileana Fuentes and Willy Castellanos will be talking with artist Ivan Cañas providing diverse viewpoints about the photographer’s work and his role in the Cuban Art made in and outside the island. The photographer will be available to answer the public questions and share his memories with the audience.

 

 

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Gustavo Acosta, Carlos Estevez, Gory, Ruben Torres-Llorca in Made in Miami, at Pan American Art Projects, Miami

February 14-April 19, 2014

Pan American Art Projects
2450 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33127

Pan American Art Projects is very pleased to announce our next exhibition, Made in Miami. Since the insertion of Art Basel Miami Beach in 2002 the city has become a hub for contemporary art, resulting in a huge influx of artists and galleries here in the past ten years. This interest in art has also extended to the creation of several new institutions such as the Frost Museum at the Florida International University, and more recently the Perez Art Museum Miami.

The artists in this exhibition are Gustavo Acosta, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Carlos Estévez and Carolina Sardi; they all call Miami home and have been based in the city through its evolution into a cultural hub. They all came to Miami from abroad (Carolina Sardi from Argentina, Gustavo Acosta and Carlos Estevez from Cuba and Edouard Duval Carrie from Haiti) and had already reached international acclaim before settling here which is a testament to the draw that Miami has with its rich cultural panorama.

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Spirit Migration: the flowing, the fleeting, the spectral, at BrutEdge Gallery, Newark, NJ

Until February 23, 2014

BrutEdge Gallery  
Mana Contemporary Arts Complex, Space 574.
888 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306.

Ebbing between existential angst and glimmers of that which endures beyond us, art that attempts to represent that supernatural domain just beyond reach is universally recognized as part and parcel of the very impetus to create. In the Caribbean especially, where cultures have crashed together, battled and become an assemblage of disparate ideas and customs – it is religious or spiritual art that challenges viewers most directly with representations of the sacred and the profane.

A spectre of the sacred often haunts contemporary afro-caribbean art, whether by directly aspiring to represent a spiritual ideal allegorically or by virtue of reminding us through the use of materials that the profane sphere, that of everyday human experience, is mostly devoted to the pursuit of worldly desires. These desires represented by materials encoded from their previous purposes, now coated with the residues of decay, destruction and the passage of time, function as memento mori. It is this interpenetration of the sacred and the profane – as a flowing, fleeting and spectral experience that this exhibit highlights with a selection works of Haitian and Cuban artists.

 

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Walking in Someone Else’s shoes (Identities in Transit)” at Aluna Art Foundation, Miami

Until Febrary 25, 2014

Aluna Art Foundation

172-b West Flagler Street,
Miami, Fl.33130

The exhibition “Walking in Someone Else’s shoes (Identities in Transit)” at Aluna Art Foundation in Miami, gathers together a group of contemporary works that revolve around the transhumance as a method, and that reflect the restless landscape of individuals and communities who walk in turbulent times.
Many works include the concrete representation of the shoe and a poetry of it which is linked to individual transit, to intimate forms of memory, and last but not least to the course of collective history, including the migration routes, and the traces of exodus or a psycho-geographic vision of the scenery of disappearances.

The participant artists are Graciela Sacco (Argentina), Patricio Reig (Argentina/España), Marina Font (Argentina/USA), Roberto Huarcaya (Peru), Cecilia Paredes (Peru/USA), Luis F. Peláez (Colombia), Linda Pongutá (Colombia), Luis Roldán (Colombia/USA), Manuel Zapata (Colombia/USA), Andrés Michelena (Venezuela/USA), Felipe Ehrenberg (México/Brazil), Mario Bellatín (Peru/ Mexico), Regina José Galindo (Guatemala), Ronald Morán (Salvador), Walterio Iraheta (Salvador), Antuan (Cuba/USA), Humberto Castro (Cuba/USA), Willy Castellanos (Cuba/USA), Gustavo Gavilondo (Cuba/USA), Hugo Moro (Cuba/USA), Debra Holt (USA), Patricia Schnall Gutiérrez (USA), Alexandra Rowley (USA), y Xavier G-Solis (Spain).

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Luis Gispert: Tender Game, at David Castillo Gallery, Miami

February 6 – March 29, 2014

David Castillo Gallery
2234 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, Florida 33127

David Castillo Gallery is proud to present Tender Game, new works in photography by Luis Gispert.

The viewer is alone inside the girth of a Lockheed C-5. The console is thick with buttons and levers, every mechanical detail exposed. The head-on view from the windshield is magnificent. Luis Gispert’s formal use of scale, perspective, and composition create environments at once dazzling and disarming.

The military aircraft featured in the artist’s high-res chromogenic prints ring the gallery like pop spectacle. Old Shaky, a Cold War relic, lifts invisible ordinance over the German Alps. Superstrattois a superstar in purple twilight. Fat Hercules, a player in every air force in the world since 1957, sizes up the South Dakota Badlands veined with snow. Glider has the face of a segmented grasshopper over Bryce Canyon. Fat Fred is as ubiquitous in battle as the salt of the Bonneville flats over which it flashes.

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Cuban America: An Empire State of Mind at Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

February 4 – May 14, 2014

Reception: March 17th, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

The reception will include a special performance by artist Carmelita Tropicana

Lehman College Art Gallery
250 Bedford Park
Boulevard West
Bronx, N.Y. 10468

Alejandro Aguilera, Jairo Alfonso, Alexandre Arrechea, Tania Bruguera, María Magdalena Campos Pons, Yoán Capote, Los Carpinteros, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Christian Curiel, Alessandra Expósito, Teresita Fernández, Carlos Garaicoa, Anthony Goicolea, María Elena González, Armando Guiller, Luis Mallo, María Martínez Cañas, Abelardo Morel, Gean Moreno & Ernesto Oroza, Glexis Novoa, Geandy Pavón, Emilio Pérez, Javier Piñón, Carlos Rodríguez Cárdenas, Andrés Serrano, & Katarina Wong.

Video program: Juan Carlos Alom, Allora and Calzadilla, Humberto Díaz, Felipe Dulzaides, Luis Gárciga, Tony Labat, Glenda León, and Ana Olema.

Co-curated by Yuneikys Villalonga and Susan Hoeltzel and includes a related Cuban video art program organized by guest curator Meykén Barreto. A series of special programs is conducted by guest curator Elvis Fuentes.

RELATED EVENTS

Panel: In A Material World: Cubans Discuss Their America, moderated by Elvis Fuentes – March 18, 2014 – 6pm
Talk and Tastings: Cuban Cuisine, by a Havana Central Restaurant Chef – May 14, 2014 – 1pm

 

 

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“A Wasted Journey, A Half-Finished Blaze” by Enrique Martinez Celaya, at Galleri Andersson/Sandström Umea, Sweden

Feb 2 – Mar 7, 2014

Galleri Andersson/Sandström
Aktrisgränd 34
903 64 UMEÅ
SWEDEN

The exhibition “A Wasted Journey, A Half-Finished Blaze” showcases five new paintings and an impressive sculptural installation that fills the gallery in Umedalen. The main sculpture in this environment presents a bronze boy encrusted with large jewels crying onto a bed of pine needles. His tears carve a channel through the beds as they cascade from one bed to the next. When they reach the last bed, the merger stream falls on a stack of dishes and pots reminiscent of what one might find in the sink of any house. The stream of tears never stops. Martínez presents a metaphorical, mystical world which resists a narrative and is elusive and open to one’s own interpretation.

 

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Impact and Legacy: 50 Years of the CINTAS Foundation, at MDC Museum of Art + Design, Miami

April 25 – July 12, 2014

MDC Museum of Art + Design

600 Biscayne Blvd. – Miami, FL

The legacy of Oscar B. Cintas has fostered the development of Cuban artists outside of Cuba for the last 50 years, promoting the professional development of these artists and the continuity of Cuban traditions in art. The foresight Cintas has resulted in more than 300 fellowships and grants awarded to creative writers, architects, composers, visual artists and filmmakers, many of whom have later achieved national and international renown. The roster of Cintas fellows is a testament to the talent and creativity of the Cubans and their direct descendants who have lived outside the island since 1959. The Cintas Foundation is the oldest entity in the United States dedicated to the support of artists of the Cuban diaspora.

 

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Agustín Fernández: Ultimate Surrealist, at American University Museum, Washington DC

January 25 to March 16, 2014

American University Museum
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
 

Agustín Fernández is most recognizable for its ambiguous and precariously balanced forms, erotic overtones, surreal juxtapositions, and metallic palette. Inspired by the demands of survival in an urban environment and the mundane objects that clutter its alleys and streets. Agustín Fernández: Ultimate Surrealist is organized by the Agustín Fernández Foundation and curated by Donald Kuspit

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Emilio Perez: Footprints on the Ceiling at Galerie Lelong, NY

January 4 – February 1, 2014

Opening reception: Thursday, January 9, 6-8pm

Galerie Lelong
528 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001

Emilio Perez’s third solo exhibition at Galerie Lelong, Footprints on the Ceiling, will showcase the artist’s unique method of combining painting and drawing in a body of new work that includes a monumental, 40-foot long mural painting, one of the artist’s largest site-specific works to date. The exhibition reveals a departure from previous bodies of work in the use of a richer, more complex color palette, a more distinct figuration, and expanded negative space. Also shown alongside the new paintings will be a triptych from 2011, on view for the first time in New York. The artist will be present for the opening on January 9th from 6-8pm.

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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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“Essential”, Ars Atelier City new series, celebrates the life and legacy of late Cuban master Ernesto Briel

Ernesto Briel: Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Birth of a Masterful Cuban Artist

As part of its new collection “Essential”, Ars Atelier City celebrates the life and legacy of late Cuban master Ernesto Briel [Havana, 1943- New York City, 1992] in 2013, the years that marks the 70th anniversary of the birthday of this “essential” presence in the contemporary Cuban visual arts.

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Louisiana: Mon Amour-An exhibiton by Luis Cruz Azaceta at Acadiana Center for the Arts, Louisiana

November 9, 2013-February 8, 2014

Acadiana Center for the Arts
101 W. Vermilion St. Lafayette, Louisiana 70501
 

Luis Cruz Azaceta was born in Havana, Cuba in 1942 and currently lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a teenager he witnessed many acts of violence on the streets of Havana: bombs in stores, cinemas and theaters; shoot-outs, arrests and torture of citizens by Batista secret police. In 1959, the Cuban revolution brought jubilation and celebration when Castro promised to restore Cuba’s constitution and free elections. Months later executions began, businesses were confiscated and some closed. Azaceta’s experiences under both Batista and postrevolution impacted his vision—creating a sensitivity towards violence, human cruelty, injustice and alienation—which later become central themes in his work.

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Gustavo Acosta – Rio de Janeiro

November 19 , 2013 – January 5, 2014

 

Caixa Cultural
Avenida Almirante Barroso 25
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 

We are honored to announce the opening of the exhibit of the work of Gustavo Acosta at the Caixa Culltural.

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The Nightmare – Exhibition of Works by Artist Pedro Vizcaino

 November 30, 2013 – February 2, 2014
 
Art@Work
1245 Galloway Road (87th Avenue)
Miami, FL 33174
 
The exhibit features dirty drawings from the series La pesadilla where, as the artist states, figures in the style of underground comics are howling asphyxiated by a chaotic and stressful world.  Rabbit-headed figures, fallen angels, monsters with bulging eyes, buildings shaped like syringes stand out.  A world of nightmares, dirty comics, acid drawings and human-rabbits are screaming in search of an exit.  The city is squashing and smothering the human-rabbit. A dirty expressionism is marked by underground comics drawings and the mixture of charcoal with yellow ink.
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Citizens of the World: Cuba in Queens

November 9, 2013- March 9, 2014

Queens Museum of Art 
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
New York Ave
Queens, NY 11368
 
Citizens of the World: Cuba in Queens” explores how Cuban visual artists, living both on island and in diaspora, grapple with the profound complexities between identity and place. Simultaneously a collective sentiment and a uniquely individual notion, lo cubano extends beyond geographic and existential boundaries. Exploring personal motivations and experiences, this exhibition presents varied expressions of spirituality, humor, isolation, and discovery surrounding the immigrant experience and the intangible connections between where one lives and one’s sense of self.
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