Tag : Irina Leyva-Perez

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Gory (Rogelio López Marín) at Chelsea Galleria – 2004

By Irina Leyva-Pérez

On April 8, the Design District’s Chelsea Gallery opened the show “A Small Retrospective” with works by Cuban photographer Rogelio López Marín (1953), known as Gory. Gory’s work in photography since the 1980s situates him among the most important Cuban artists of his generation. This period of great intensity in Cuban visual arts has been dubbed by critics as the “Cuban Renaissance,” being a kind of flowering of art after a somber decade.

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Revisiting the past – The paintings of Gustavo Acosta

By Irina Leyva-Pérez

If we look back at Gustavo’s oeuvre over a span of twenty years, we can easily recognize that he has been interested in social expressions of power. In the 1980s, when his work started receiving attention, he was using metaphors of Roman architecture as a reference to the Cuban social system. The dark, gray and muted colors were intentionally placed to reinforce the atmosphere of oppression that he wanted to convey. By representing some of the most recognizable buildings in Roman architecture, he drew a subtle parallel between the Imperial Roman and Cuban dictatorships.

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