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LABOR: A Survey of Works by Angel Vapor, at Aluna Art Foundation, Miami

April 11 – May 17, 2014

Curated by Ricardo Pau-Llosa

Aluna Art Foundation
172-B West Flagler St.
Miami, Fl. 33130

The title of this exhibition of works by Angel Vapor (b. 1970 in Cuba, in US since 1999), Labor, emphasizes themes central to the artist’s visual thinking: the importance of craft, the focus on the everyday working man (industrial laborer, farmer, soldier, fire-fighter, among others), and the fusion of time-honored techniques in art with the intellectual rigors of conceptualism. The title also evokes the act of giving birth. All the exacting activities of human psyche—from the menial to the transcendent (samurai and meditating monks are recurring themes, as well) share equal status in Vapor’s epic view of labor as the primary joy, not the burden, of life. Mere intellectual play on aesthetic notions, onerous technicism in the name of skill, and brute toil are not, by themselves, art because they are not Labor—the activity that unifies thought, beauty, discipline, and skill and thus the only consistent and trustworthy path to personal fulfillment. Only through the fusion and intersection of disciplines and activities falsely assumed to be disparate can the imagination create original works of art whose meaning and significance may be genuinely thought of as universal.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Zilia Sánchez, Ana Mendieta, Emilio Pérez – Galerie Lelong at Art Basel Miami Beach

December 5–8, 2013

Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Dr 
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Galerie Lelong New York and Paris will feature program highlights for Art Basel Miami Beach 2013 including work by new gallery artist Zilia Sánchez, a selection of pastels by Sean Scully in Art Kabinett, and a new outdoor sculpture by Ursula von Rydingsvard as part of Art Public. Having been one of the early supporters of Latin American art, Galerie Lelong will exhibit work of some of the region’s most vital figures including Alfredo Jaar, Cildo Meireles, Ana Mendieta, and Hélio Oiticica. Also on view will be artists spanning generations and continents including Petah Coyne, Günther Förg, Lin Tianmiao, David Nash, Emilio Perez, Jaume Plensa, Kate Shepherd, and Kiki Smith.

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Julio Larraz. Coming Home at Ascaso Gallery, Miami

November 30, 2013 – February 27, 2014

Opening: Saturday, November 30, 6 – 9 pm

Wynwood Arts District
2441 NW 2nd Ave.
Miami, Fl. 33127

The exhibition Coming Home represents the first show of Larraz’s work in Miami for the last twenty-five years. The exhibition will feature several large paintings on canvas, including the 2013 oil paintings “Desplante”, “Coming Home”, and “Sunday on the Narragansett,” as well as many pastel and watercolors. Commenting on the occasion, Antonio Ascaso said, “With Miami becoming a world-class arts capital, it was time to honor one of its great artists. We felt strongly about the timing of Larraz’s career and the city’s tremendous steps forward in the arts.”

 

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Enrique Martínez Celaya: Burning As It Were A Lamp Opens at Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami

November 23, 2013 – January 16, 2014

Opening reception Saturday, November 23, 7-9 pm

Fredric Snitzer Gallery
2249 NW 1st Place
Miami, FL 33127
 

The mirror has been a frequently recurring signifier in Martínez Celaya’s work, functioning as a proxy subject, a site of uncanny reflexivity, and an object of philosophical inquiry.  In Burning As It Were A Lamp, the mirror is again at the center of a dense web of visual, literary and philosophical relationships which investigate issues of identity, memory, and loss through the space of multi-disciplinary installation. The exhibition is a continuation of themes and concepts explored in a recent museum-wide environment at SITE Santa Fe, The Pearl.

 

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Hernan Bas in TIME at Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach

November 2, 2013 – February 23, 2014

 
Bass Museum of Art
2100 Collins Avenue, 
Miami Beach, FL 33139
 

TIME presents a selection of historical and contemporary artworks, objects and artists’ projects that engage with ideas of time. Throughout history, philosophers and scientists have advanced new – sometimes conflicting – ideas regarding the nature and perception of time. Current thought on the subject based upon quantum physics is extremely complex. Nevertheless, our finite lifespan seems to have endowed us with an intuition of time, even if we have not considered its precise character. The concept of time enables us to live with a sense of order and regularity; to conceive of duration; past, present and future; and to maintain a sense of our place within this apparent continuum.

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Abelardo Morell’s Outside In, at RoseGallery, Santa Monica, CA

November 23, 2013 – January 18, 2014

ROSEGALLERY
Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
 

Over the past twenty-five years, Abelardo Morell has garnered international praise for photographs that render our everyday world a place of magic and wonder. He works with an intelligence that is neither glib nor obtuse, but rather grounded in an emotional sensitivity and unbounded intellectual curiosity, photographing the world as it is, delighting in the quite life….

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“Twelve” at Jorge Mendez Gallery, Palm Springs, California

Friday, December 6th from 6-9pm

Jorge Mendez Gallery
756 North Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, California

Artists:

Rafael Lopez-Ramos
Jorge Llamos Gonzalez
Benjamin Dominguez
David Correa
Claudia Mazzucchelli
Hugo Rivera
Miguel Angel Mendez
Roney Fundora
Dante Horoiwa
Lazer Fundora
Rafael Hayashi
Marianela de la Hoz
 
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Latin American Art Auction – Christie’s

November 15 – November 20, 2013

 
Christie’s
20 Rockefeller Plaza
NYC

VIEWING TIMES

Nov 15            1pm – 5pm

Nov 16            10am – 5pm

Nov 17            1pm – 5pm

Nov 18            10am – 5pm

Nov 19            10am – 12pm

AUCTION TIMES

Nov 19   7:00 PM   Lots            1 – 74

Nov 20   10:00 AM Lot            80 – 253

Link: E-catalogue

 

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Liliam Cuenca – Living Things

November 1 – November 30, 2013

The Americas Collection
4213 Ponce de Leon Blvd,
Coral Gables, FL
 

The Americas Collection is proud to exhibit of the latest works of Liliam Cuenca.

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The Silent Shout: Voices in Cuban Abstraction 1950-2013 – Miami

Opening on November 1st from 6-10pm

 

ArtSpace Virginia Miller Galleries
169 Madeira Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134

“The Silent Shout” is the first exhibition outside Cuba featuring these groups of artists from different generations, including three artists being shown in Greater Miami for the first time. 

This exhibition provides an overview of these nine important abstract artists from Cuba, as well as a glimpse into that nation’s historically significant “10 Pintores Concretos” and “Los Once” groups.

One of the curators of Pinturas del Silencio—José Angel Vincench—is an artist whose work is included in The Silent Shout as well as being one of its three curators. Other artists whose paintings are included in The Silent Shout are Hugo Consuegra, Sandú Darié, Carlos García, Luis Enrique López, Raúl Martínez, Pedro de Oraá, José Rosabal, and Loló Soldevilla.

 

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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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Waltman Ortega Fine Art to Exhibit Works by Jorge Enrique During the Art Basel Week

November 9 – December 10, 2013

 

Waltman Ortega’s White Room
2233 N.W. 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33127

 

Waltman Ortega Fine Art gallery presents “Hybrid”, a solo exhibition of recent works by Jorge Enrique (USA/b. Cuba).

Tearing down the veil of the urban culture is Jorge Enrique’s leitmotiv. The Cuban-American artist resembles the contrasted city which has been inspiring him for over a decade – Miami – a true gateway of the Americas. For him, it is all about capturing the urban tension and then rendering his own recomposed vision. Considering himself a multimedia artist, he often blurs the lines between painting, sculpture, print-making and photography.

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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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Pavel Acosta at Sgorbati Projects, NY

November 7 – December 21, 2013

Sgorbati Projects
525-531 West 26th Street Fourth Floor,
New York, NY

 

Sgorbati Projects is pleased to announce the gallery’s inaugural exhibition with work by Pavel Acosta, Livia Corona, Ignacio Lang and Gabriela Salazar. Each artist, through acts of intervention—theft, documentation, arbitrary appropriation, formal reinterpretation—modify established systems, repurposing these structures for their own intents.

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Identity and the Accumulation of Memory – NYC

December 4 – December 27, 2013

Group Show with the following artists participating:

Nelson Alvarez, Tony Chirino, Margarita Fresco Crespo, Guillermo Llorente, Renelio Marin, Alexis Mendoza, Mario Petrirena, Jesus Rivera, Juana Valdez, and Raul Villareal.

Opening Reception December 6th from 6-9pm

 

Boricua College Art Gallery
3755 Broadway (@156th St.)
New York, NY

 

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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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Agustin Fernandez – American University Museum – Washington DC

January 25 – March 16, 2014

American University Museum
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 

The Agustin Fernandez Foundation is proud to announce the upcoming one-man show Agustin Fernandez: Ultimate Surrealist. The exhibition, curated by Donald Kuspit, features more than 40 works produced by the artist throughout his career.

 

 

Link:>> Agustin Fernandez Foundation

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