Tag : Cuban American artist

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Panel Discussion on Cuban Art at NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale

August 23, 2014 2:00PM – 4:00PM

Nova Southeastern University’s Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale
One East Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Panel Discussion on Cuban Art with Ramon Cernuda and Margarita Cano, moderated by Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator, NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale

Ramón Cernuda is a publisher, editor, writer, collector and internationally recognized expert on Cuban Art. After 30 years pursuing a lifelong love of Cuban art as a private art collector and researcher, he established Cernuda Arte gallery in 2000. He has been the publisher of La Gran Enciclopedia Martiana and a founding member of the Enciclopedia de Cuba Publishing Group. He was a member of the board of directors of the Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture and served as Vice President from 1987-1990.

Born in Havana, Cuba, artist and arts organizer Margarita Cano arrived in the United States in 1962. She worked at the Miami-Dade Public Library as a Community Relations and Art Services Coordinator. In 1983, she organized the landmark exhibition, The Miami Generation: Nine Cuban American Artists (curated by Giulio Blanc) for Miami’s Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture. In 1993, Cano began painting full-time and creating one-of-a-kind artist books. Her work is reminiscent of the illuminated manuscripts of the High Middle Ages, and her idealized landscapes of her beloved island serve as settings for the interaction of the sacred and the mundane.

 

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Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova in NEW DIALOGUES: GROUP EXHIBITION, at Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Miami

Until August 16, 2014

Alejandra Von Hartz Gallery
2630 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33127

Alejandra von Hartz Gallery is pleased to announce its group summer exhibition: New Dialogues.

This is a curatorial exercise, work in progress, that will reflect on the resignificance of the work of art through dialogue, contextualization, association, and juxtaposition. Throughout the summer, selected works of the gallery’s artists will share the space creating situations that will generate or identify new perspectives.

The first round will include works by Marta ChilindronMatthew DelegetMarcolina DipierroJuan Pablo Garza,Pachi GiustinianLynne Golob GelfmanArtur LescherLori NozickLeyden Rodriguez-Casanova, and Sam Winston.

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Leonel Matheu: Crossroads of the Dystopia at The Frost Art Museum, Miami

JULY 12 – SEPTEMBER 14, 2014

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
10975 SW 17th Street
Miami, FL, 33199

Cuban-born artist Leonel Matheu has been a prominent figure on the national and international arts scene for over twenty years. Crossroads of the Dystopia is Matheu’s first major survey exhibition. His works range from colored pencil drawings, ink on paper, oil on canvas, to video, multimedia and public installations. Curated by Janet Batet, the exhibition presents more than 20 years of work and provides a comprehensive overview of Matheu’s most distinctive imagery. In describing his body of work, curator Batet says: “If a single symbol could summarize the iconic work of Leonel Matheu, it would be the enigmatic head-a sort of dome-that appears as a constant throughout his work. It serves as a self-portrait and collective portrayal of a nation marked by diaspora and dystopia. This symbol embodies the symptoms and stigma of contemporary global society. With a masterful use of the synthetic graphic design language, Matheu builds up a personal and yet universal iconography that he interweaves in intimate fables of our daily existence. Spirituality, technology, passion, solitude, dreams, chimeras, and deceptions are at the core of his thoughtful body of work.”

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Short Story: group show at Juan Ruiz Gallery, Miami

Thursday, 24 July, 2014 to Saturday, 20 September, 2014

Juan Ruiz Gallery
301 NW 28th Street
Miami, Florida 33127

Short Story includes eleven Miami-based artists curated by artist Rubén Torres Llorca. The name of the exhibition comes from the small format of all pieces in the show. Each piece has its own short story told by its respective artist.

The following artists are featured in Short Story:

Esteban Blanco
Pip Brant
Carol K. Brown
Randy Burman
Liliam Domínguez
Kathleen Hudspeth
Mary Larsen
Rogelio López-Marín
Rafael López-Ramos
Rubén Torres-Llorca
Lucy de la Vega

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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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“Women at the Edge of an Island”, at Aluna Art Foundation, Miami

June 26 – August 8, 2014

Opening reception: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

Aluna Art Foundation
172 B West Flagler Street

Miami, Florida 33130

The Cuban Museum, Inc. and the Aluna Art Foundation are proud to announce the upcoming exhibition Women on the Edge of an Island / Mujeres al borde de una isla, a group show that includes 23 visual artists from the Cuban Diaspora who explore through art the complex realities of displacement, biculturalism, separation, national identity, and personal and family upheaval that results from the experience of migration and exile.

This program is part of the Cuban Museum’s Sweet Home Museo Cubano Series, made possible by an Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; the Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade; and additional support from Bank of America, Memorial Plan, ArtesMiami, and Friends of the Museum.

The show has been curated by Jesús Rosado and Ileana Fuentes and represents a collaborative effort with the Aluna Art Foundation. The exhibition opens on Thursday, June 26, 2014 with an opening reception at 5:00 pm.

Included in the exhibition are Miami-based artists María Brito; Margarita Cano; Consuelo Castañeda; Elizabeth Cerejido; Liliam Cuenca; Ana Albertina Delgado; Demi; Liliam Domínguez; Ivonne Ferrer; Nereida García-Ferraz; Laura Luna; María Martínez-Cañas and Angela Valella. They are joined by Spain-based Lien Carrazana; Ana Ferrer and Gladys Triana from New York; Rosa Irigoyen, from Puerto Rico; Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido, from Kentucky; María Lino and Silvia Lizama from Hollywood, Florida; Boca Ratón-based Juana Valdés; Clara Morera, from North Carolina; and Lydia Rubio, presently residing in Colombia.

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Rolando Pulido, NEW CUBAN POSTER ART: UNVEILING THE UNCONSCIONABLE, at M. Castedo Gallery, NY

 

Friday, June 20, 2014, 6 pm to 9 pm

M. Castedo Gallery
29 West 36th Street, NYC
10th Floor

FREE ADMISSION

RSVP at:  cccofny@aol.com

A unique exhibit of contemporary Cuban poster art by one of its leading exponents, Rolando Pulido, who has selflessly dedicated his talent to support the burgeoning civic resistance movement on the Island. Although within the stylistic continuum of the anti-capitalist poster art that emerged during the first decade of the Cuban revolution—including Alberto Korda’s universally recognized image of Che Guevara—post-revolution poster art, such as Pulido’s, has met a drastically divergent course. The former, as Susan Sontag would point out in her incisive 1970 introduction to “The Art of Revolution,” became a commodity itself. Pulido’s posters, on the other hand, are as technically brilliant and as focused on communication as the best representatives of the genre, yet cannot be defined as coveted consumer art. The distinguished journalist David Rieff will place Pulido’s posters in historical context, addressing the extent to which current cultural trends and renewed political awareness might begin to blot out their marginality.

Award-winning visual artist Rolando Pulido was born and raised in Cienfuegos, Cuba, and has resided in New York City since 1980.

 

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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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SCHOOL OF NIGHT: Arturo Rodríguez at the Frost Art Museum, Miami

June 18 – August 24, 2014

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
10975 SW 17th Street
Miami, FL, 33199

School of Night features works on paper by artist Arturo Rodríguez. The drawings are inspired by the personal experience of the artist, who feels that between mid-night and dawn his surroundings acquire different dimensions. The School of Night project is actually a collaboration with nine poets whose verses are based in his drawings and together form a book, which will be launched with the exhibition. Curated by Juan A. Martínez.

 

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The Miami Generation: Revisited, at NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Florida

July 13 – September 21, 2014

Nova Southeastern University’s Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale
One East Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

In 1983, Miami’s former Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture presented the groundbreaking exhibition The Miami Generation, which represented a pivotal moment in South Florida’s cultural history and brought together for the first time nine emerging artists from Miami’s Cuban exile community who were part of a first generation that received its artistic education in the United States. Now, more than 30 years later, NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale picks up where this exhibition left off, with The Miami Generation:Revisited, a new exhibition featuring works created since 1983 by the original nine artists: Mario Bencomo, María Brito, Humberto Calzada, Pablo Cano, Emilio Falero, Fernando García, Juan González, Carlos Maciá, and César Trasobares. Works on view address the issues of exclusion, inclusion, and sexual identity politics that those in the original show explored, as well as demonstrate the variety of materials the artists use and how their styles and interests have evolved. The exhibition also reveals how each artist has synthesized the dynamics of native and adopted cultural forces to convey their feelings, dreams, and aspirations. These artists were part of a thriving art community in the early 1980s that contributed to the emergence of South Florida as a hub for international art and culture. The exhibition also highlights NSU Museum of Art’s strong commitment to Latin American Art, which includes a large collection of work by Cuban artists and the Stanley and Pearl Goodman Latin American Art Research Center which will launch in 2015.

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EXODUS: New Paintings by Carlos Estevez at Studio 574, Mana Contemporary, NJ

Until June 19, 2014

BrutEdge Gallery & Galerie Bourbon-Lally
888 Newark Ave.,
Jersey City, NJ 07306

 

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“Scaping Back”: Exhibition of Works by Artist Ramón Williams at Farside Gallery, Miami

On View June 6 through July 27, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 7, 7 to 9 p.m.

Farside Gallery
1305 SW 87th Avenue,
Miami, FL 33174

Ramón Williams was born in Havana, Cuba is 1969. He graduated from the Instituto Superior pedagógico in La Habana with a MasterDegree in Visual Arts in 1992. Between spring and summer of 1996, Ramón Williams exhibited in Havana two groups of paintings: Imágenes de la enciclopedia and La mar estuvo serena. By the end of the same year Williams emigrated to Miami, Florida. Living and working in this city during the last eighteen years, his artistic endeavors yielded to the exploration in the realms of photography,video and computer animation. Walls and contentions barriers all over the city have been subject to a sort of poetic CSI lens in Williams’s hands, where spontaneous perception and dedicated capture of traces interweaves with his skills for computer generated imagery, and his fondness for oriental calligraphy, stream of consciousness writers …and some psychiatry lab tests. As a comeback to the days of pigments (somehow aconsequence and turnaround of the lens, the image in movement, and the 3D world), Scaping Back titles a selection of Ramon Williams recent Miami roadscape paintings that will be exhibited at Farside Gallery on June 7th, 2014, for the first time in the USA.

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Angel Delgado, “Constancy”, at Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemporary Art, Las Vegas

Opening Reception and Documentary Screening: Saturday, June 14, 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.

Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemporary Art,
900 S. Las Vegas Blvd. #150,
Las Vegas, NV 89101.

Las Vegas based artist Angel Delgado will present a new series of painting, drawings and installations in a solo exhibition titled “Constancy”. The work of Delgado is largely based on the limitations, restrictions, prohibitions and controls that you are constantly imposed on human beings in society. Through keen observation of the everyday and the ordinary, Delgado is trying to transform those objects or situations that are the daily step in photographs, drawings, videos, paintings, installations and performance, with a poetic that makes us reflect on our lives, about social processes or on the same processes of artistic creation.

Delgado has shown his work internationally for over 15 years, including solo shows in Havana, Madrid, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Istanbul, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.

Artist’s webpage

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Teresita Fernández: As Above So Below at MASS MoCA, Massachusetts

On view beginning May 24, 2014

MASSACHUSETTS MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
1040 MASS MoCA WAY    
NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247

Demonstrating the artist’s remarkable ability to transform materials and their surrounding architecture into an enveloping perceptual experience, Teresita Fernández: As Above So Below combines graphite and gold to create a series of immersive, interconnected installations whose scale shifts from intimate to vast, from miniature to panoramic. Fernández’s largest solo exhibition to date, As Above So Below is made up entirely of new works.

Describing a universe in balance, the phrase “as above, so below” originates from the ancient Hermetic tradition central to alchemy, in which every action occurring on one level of reality (physical, emotional, or mental) correlates to every other. Responding to MASS MoCA’s massive and light-filled first-floor galleries, Fernández’s trio of new landscape-informed, large-scale installations embodies this expression, and is united through the show’s elaborately detailed exploration of two essential minerals.

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Hernan Bas at Victoria Miro, London

26 April – 31 May 2014

Victoria Miro Gallery II
16 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW

The American artist Hernan Bas has built an international reputation over the last decade for paintings that merge still life, portraiture and landscape within a deeply romantic sensibility. His work portrays an overt theatricality, offering a queering of historical genres, and is populated by beautiful objects and alluring boys—Bas never depicts women. His canvases are dense with incidence and intrigue, and can be aligned to artists such as Neo Rauch and Daniel Richter who similarly applied a flamboyant narrativity to figuration. If Rauch and Richter feel a little heavy metal, then Bas’ approach can be situated more on the dance floor. The paintings are exalted; at once psychedelic and narcotic. Victoria Miro presents a new series of paintings and works on paper across two venues, which are brought together under the single title “Memphis Living.” Lifted from the post-modern Italian design collective Memphis Group, the title articulates Bas’ interest in the historical impetus of design and decoration. The group was noted in the ’80s for their elision of applied arts with a formal eclecticism, and Bas’ new paintings are packed with references to the group’s work. This playfulness and historical layering brings new energy to an old technique. The exhibition, the artist’s fourth with the gallery, coincides with the most comprehensive monograph on the artist to date, published by Rizzoli. (George Vasey)

Gallery website

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Andrés Serrano in group show CRIME IN ART, at Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Poland

5.15.2014 – 09.28.2014

Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow (MOCAK)
ul. Lipowa 4, Krakow, Poland         

Crime in Art is the 4th exhibition to date in MOCAK’s series which combines art with the most significant civilisational themes such as history, sport, science and religion. To date, three exhibitions have taken place: History in Art, Sport in Art and Economics in Art. The series aims to present these – seemingly non-equivocal – concepts and demonstrate how many creative inspirations and how much symbolic potential there lurks in the everyday reality.

Crime reveals all the inner fanatical turmoil, bleak helplessness and wrong without atonement. Crime has two sources. It stems either from ‘lesser’ crimes that often go unpunished, because they have been committed in the privacy of the home on the weak and defenceless, who go on to seek revenge on society at large. Or else, crime is instigated by politics and religion. Crime reveals the abundance of evil inside us. It is the ultimate lesson in human vulnerability and cultural turmoil.

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Cuban artist Arnolkis Turro in group show RENOVACIÓN DE LAS ESENCIAS, at Alianza Francesa de Managua, Nicaragua

Opening: May 14, 2014 – 7pm

Alianza Francesa
Planes de Altamira
Embajada de México
1/2 c. al Norte

Artists:

Arnolkis Turro
Sergio Velasquez
Leonel Cerrato
Julio Quintero

In Spanish

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Reverse: rewriting culture. Curated by Janet Batet. Group Exhibit

May 8th – July 5th, 2014

Opening Reception | Thursday, May 8th | 7 PM – 10PM

Dot Fiftyone Gallery
187 NW 27 Street 
Wynwood Arts District, Miami FL 33127

Artists:

Consuelo Castaneda, David Rohn , Eduardo Rivera Salvatierra, Fernando Bayona González, Fernando García, Jonathan Wahl, Juan Pablo Ballester and Nereida Garcia-Ferráz

Reverse: Rewriting culture seeks to review the body of work of contemporary gay artists that freed from any fig leaf are proposing a horizontal reading about gender, sexuality, social concerns, and ontological issues.

This exhibition is the first edition of the ambitious project “ONE WAY”, that in each edition will call a group of artists whose sexual orientation does not correspond to the dominant stereotype of heterosexuality, neither with the wild spread misconception that reduce the production of gay artists to homoerotic contents.

Reverse: Rewriting culture seeks to avoid incurring two extended stereotypes and therefore errors that dominate the approach to this kind of production that include, but are not limited to the following misconceptions: Concealment or silencing of sexual orientation of the author, or by the contrary, Confinement and reduction to the mere erotic commentary that silences or minimizes the social implications that motivates these works placing them away from general social channel where definitely belong these proposals.

 

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Armando Mariño: New Paintings after the Long Winter, at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, NY

May 6 – June 7, 2014

Vernissage Tuesday, May 6, from 6 – 8pm

532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel
532 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001
 
 
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Rafael López-Ramos in group show Alpha & Omega at Arevalo Gallery, Miami

April 25- 26
10:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.

April 27 – 28
by appointment

Arevalo Gallery
151 NE 40th St. Ste. 200.
Miami FL 33137
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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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Glexis Novoa, Allora & Calzadilla, Amelia Peláez, Wifredo Lam, in group show “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World”, at PAMM, Miami

April 18, 2014

Pérez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Blvd.,
Miami, FL 33132

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World will highlight over two centuries of rarely seen works—from paintings and sculptures to prints, photographs, installations, films, and videos—dating from the Haitian Revolution to the present. This exhibition employs an inter-disciplinary approach to advance our understanding of the Caribbean and its artistic heritage and contemporary practices. It focuses on four central themes: Fluid Motions, Counterpoints, Shades of History, and Kingdoms of this World. These interconnected frameworks allow insight into the complex context from which the vital and varied artistic production of the region has emerged, illuminating the multiple histories of the region.

 

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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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Félix González-Torres and Tomás Sánchez in group show LONE TREE, at Marlborough Chelsea, NY

APRIL 4 – MAY 3, 2014

OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 6-8PM

MARLBOROUGH CHELSEA
545 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001

Marlborough Chelsea is proud to present Lone Tree, a group exhibition of contemporary work inspired by Romanticism, the sublime and in particular the German painter Caspar David Friedrich.

“The artist’s feeling is his law. Genuine feeling can never be contrary to nature; it is always in harmony with her. But another person’s feelings should never be imposed on us as law. Spiritual affinity leads to similarity in work, but such affinity is something entirely different from mimicry.”

- Caspar David Friedrich

We have seen lately a significant resurrection of Romanticism in Contemporary Art. Developed in the late 18th – early 19th century as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution, early Romanticism challenged the pragmatic rationalization of science over the natural world, insisting instead on a philosophy of human emotion, sensitivity, and an expanded imagination of the sublime.
This exhibition is a starting point from which to explore how notions of the spiritual and the magical alongside the sublime and the romantic, have once again, become important as contemporary artists grapple with the rapid developments that are changing the world as we know it, right before our eyes.

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George Sanchez-Calderon at group show “Some Like It Hot”: First Museum Exhibition Of Miami’s Muralists At HistoryMiami

March 18, 2014 through April 27, 2014

HistoryMiami at the Miami-Dade Cultural Center
101 West Flagler Street
Miami, Fl 33130
 

HistoryMiami’s newest exhibition, featuring Miami-inspired murals by Miami-based artists, is now open to the public. Some Like It Hot captures a moment when art in the streets has emerged as a contemporary phenomenon in Miami. The exhibition is on view through April 27.
“We’re proud to be the first Miami museum to present the work of these incredible local artists and the street art movement, both pieces of South Florida’s history,” says Stuart Chase, Museum Director and Chief Operating Officer. “Aside from a few pieces sitting in private collections, art of this kind has been conspicuously absent from museums in Miami until now.” Street art in Miami has exploded in popularity in recent years, with the Wynwood neighborhood becoming one of the area’s major attractions for both tourists and locals.

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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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“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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