Tag : 80’s generation

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Jose Bedia – Art Miami.TV

Is the quintessential “Trans-cultural Spiritual Pilgrim”. He is the archetype traveler whose painterly passages refer to his experiences of mobility and transpassing. Jose in many respects is a modern day Indiana Jones. His trips abroad start off about his encounters and observations jotted down in his journal, followed by dialogue, apprenticeship and ultimately long term friendships. His travels have produced a plethora of spiritual keepsakes, art and even shamans who have become friends for life.

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Announcing Art Wynwood

International Contemporary Art Fair – Wynwood

Friday, Feb 17th – Sunday Feb 19th 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Monday Feb 20th 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location:         Art Wynwood Pavilion | Midtown Miami – Wynwood

3101 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33137

Exhibiting- Gustavo Acosta, Tomas Esson, Offill Echevarria, Gina Pellon, Tomas Sanchez, Guerra de la Paz and others.

Art Wynwood, the highly anticipated inaugural International Contemporary Art Fair, and sister fair to Art Miami, is pleased to announce several highlights from its upcoming debut. Taking place during President’s Day Weekend, Thursday, Feb. 16, to Monday, Feb. 20, in the spacious 100,000-square-foot Art Miami Pavilion, Art Wynwood has drawn international support and attention for its impressive program of performances, paintings, photography, sculpture, art video and new media, conceptual art and street art by 500 celebrated and emerging artists, as represented by more than 50 galleries from Argentina, Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, the Netherlands, Venezuela, United Kingdom and the United States.

VIP Preview: February 16, 2012   from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

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Gustavo Acosta – Frederick Boloix Fine Art, Sun Valley, Idaho

Gallery Walk, sponsored by the Sun Valley Gallery Association, will take place Friday, Feb. 17, from 5-8 p.m.  Join Wendy Jaquet, co-founder of the Sun Valley Gallery Association, for a free guided Gallery Walk that starts from the Sun Valley recreation office at 5 p.m.

Frederick Boloix Fine Art Gallery -The Galleria, 351 Leadville Ave., at Fourth and Leadville—Frederic Boloix Fine Arts will be extending and adding to the show of paintings by Cuban/American artist Gustavo Acosta. Featured will be a large-scale work titled “The Great System,” which shows the city of Paris as seen from the highest point of the Sacre Coeur. Appetizers offered at Rolling in the Dough in the Courtyard.

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Gustavo Acosta – Raymaluz Art Gallery Madrid


February 14 to March 18, 2012

Raymaluz Art Gallery
San Lorenzo 3
28004 Madrid
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Ruben Torres Llorca

How long can you keep the wolf from the door? A powerful title for a powerful piece of art. Conceptual artist Rubén Torres Llorca is considered a living master. He works in many mediums and creates his installation art sets entirely by hand. His incredibly detailed paintings weave romantic film noir novels in constructed spaces that resound with quietness, impending drama and leave the audience riveted. He is akeen to the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock.

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Humberto Castro – Farside Gallery


Exhibition of Works by Artist Humberto Castro

On View January 9 – February 8, 2012

Opening Reception:  Saturday, January 21, 2012

Humberto Castro is a Cuban artist born in Havana in 1957.  He is a graduate from the San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts in 1977 and earned his master degree from the Higher Institute of Art of Havana in 1984.

The exhibition at Farside Gallery will highlight the relationship between man and animals in Humberto Castro’s artistic exploration.  The exhibition also showcases the close connection between his drawings, which span over several decades, and various recent paintings.

Since the beginning of his career in Cuba, he received numerous awards in printmaking, drawing, painting, and installations among them the First prize in printmaking at the Salon de Piquant Format, at the Salon Trace de Matzo, at the Concurs Literature en la Plastic, at the Encounter de Grabado`83, and at the Casa de Las Americas.  He also received First prize in installation at the Salon UNEAC, the National prize in drawing at the Salon Trace de Matzo and at the Salon Provincial de Arts Plastics in Havana.

He is also the recipient of various international awards:  First international prize in drawing at the Triennial Intergrafic of Berlin, First international prize in printmaking at the Triennial de Arte Contra la Guerra of Poland, and First Prize in printmaking at the VII San Juan Print Biennial of Puerto Rico.

In 1983, he founded the team Hexagon in which, alongside other artists, he mounted installations aimed at provoking public participation in the work.  Castro is one of the most active members of the group widely recognized as the “Cuban 80’s Generation”, which generated changes in the aesthetic and conceptual art scene of the island.

In 1989 he immigrated to France, where he lived for ten years and became active in the Parisian intellectual scene, holding exhibitions and giving conferences across Europe. Castro was an appointed member of the Maison des Artistes Français and he received the prize Toison d’Or at the Art Jonction fair in Cannes in 1994. Thereafter, he moved to the United States, where he lives and works since 1999.

Humberto Castro’s work is represented in numerous museums and public collections such as: the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba; the Museum of Art Against the War of Lublin, Poland; the Museum of Modern Art of Sao Paulo, Brazil; the Museum of Arts Fort Lauderdale, Florida; the Frost Museum of Florida International University, Miami, FL; the Museum of Latin-American Art of Long Beach, California; the Snite Museum of Art of Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana among others.

In addition, his work has appeared in books and publications worldwide, among them New Art of Cuba by Luis Camnitzer, Memoria: Cuban Art of the 20th Century (California/International Art Foundation), and Cuba Siglo XX: modernidad y sincretismo (Centre d’Art Santa Mònica (Barcelona, Spain).

The opening night reception for Feeding Your Soul is Saturday, January 21, 2012, 7 – 9 pm and is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on view from January 9 through February 8, 2012  weekdays from 11 am to 5 pm.

The artist is represented by ArtSpace Virginia Miller Galleries, Miami, FL.

Free parking is available across the street at the Central Bible Assembly of God on opening night.

Venue:                                   Farside Gallery

On view:                                January 9 through February 8, 2012

Event name:                          Feeding Your Soul

Event contact:                      Raissa Soler

Event time:                            weekdays 11 am to 5 pm, by appointment

Event email:                          farsidegallery@bellsouth.net

Venue address:                    1305 SW 87th Avenue, Miami, FL 33174

Event phone:                        305-264-3355

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Raw – Homespace Art Gallery

1128 St. Roch Ave,

New Orleans, LA

January 14 to February 5, 2012

Participating artists:

Alejandro Aguilera, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Carlos Estevez, Geandy Pavon among others.

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Urbanitas-Pan American Art Projects

December 10, 2011 – February 4, 2011

Opening reception Saturday, December 10  2-9 pm

PanAmerican ArtProjects

2450 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33127
telephone 305.573.2400

Featuring the work of:

Gustavo Acosta, Gory, Carlos Estevez, Luis Cruz Azaceta and others

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Tomas Esson- IMPERIALISMO 2011

Ramis Barquet

532 West 24th Street New York, NY 10011 tel 212.675.3421 fax 212.675.3432
Nov. 10 – Dec. 17, 2011

Reception: Thursday, November 10, from 6 –8 PM

Ramis Barquet Gallery is pleased to present IMPERIALISMO 2011, our first exhibition devoted to the flags of Tomás Esson. This will be the artist’s second solo show at the gallery.

Tomás Esson is one of the most important and influential contemporary Cuban painters. A leading figure in the storied 80s Generation, his work forms part of a Cuban pictorial tradition with links to artists including Wifredo Lam, Amelia Peláez and René Portocarrero. Yet over the last 25 years, trawling the great reservoir of libido, Esson has in his vast body of work developed a unique, highly charged and often controversial visual language that extends beyond his origins and is uniquely his own.

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Glexis Novoa – Drones

November 11, 2011 – January 7, 2012
Opening reception, Friday, November 11, 7 – 10pm

SALTWORKS is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by Glexis Novoa, on view from November 11, 2011 through January 7, 2012.
Continuing a search for parallels in social phenomena, Novoa’s latest works present historical narratives of a dystopic society. The large mixed media works on paper, use metaphor to show the decaying centralizing force of past political icons and technology as the new dehumanizing enchantment. In Lenin | Miami Times, the head of a monumental sculpture of V.I. Lenin that is being dismantled becomes the distant planet of Saturn with its rings composed of faces, famous and unknown, taken at random from the local newspapers of Novoa’s home in Miami. Novoa visualizes mass media’s polarizing force and the disconnect between media and public. Novoa suggests the rapid dissemination of information by the few via mass media is just a new form of the old propaganda machine.

War is another manifestation of the absurd in the few controlling the masses. Here, technology takes the form of unmanned aerial vehicles or Drones, specifically the MQ-9 Reaper, used extensively by the military in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. In Private Drone, a profile of the MQ-9 Reaper dominates a vast empty landscape except for distant monuments sitting on the horizon line and several other drones dotting the sky. Void of any human presence, the Private Drone centered in a golden starburst is an omnipresent anonymous entity. Novoa draws a dystopian world where identity is absent and the individual is displaced by technology.

Glexis Novoa was born in Holguín, Cuba, in 1964. He currently lives in Miami. He studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Skowhegan, Maine (1998), Escuela Nacional de Arte (ENA), Havana (1980-84), . He has exhibited widely in solo exhibitions in the United Sates, Latin America, and Europe. He has curated contemporary art exhibitions in Miami, New York; Ljublana, Slovenia; Monterrey, Mexico, and Havana. His work is part of many major public collections, including: American Express (Minneapolis), Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (Atlanta), Lowe Museum, University of Miami (Miami), Ludwig Forum Fur Internationale Kunst ( Aachen), Museo Histórico de Santa Clara (Santa Clara, Cuba), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Havana), Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art (Fort Lauderdale), Nassau County Museum (Long Island, New York), Centro Wifredo Lam (Havana), Cintas Fellowship (New York), Craig Robins Collection (Miami Beach), Farber Collection (New York), Lehigh University Art Galleries Teaching Collection (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania), Mosquera Collection (Coral Gables), The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation (New York), and Sprint Corporation (Overland Park, Kansas).

During late eighties, Novoa was involved in the dynamic of collective creation that characterized the Havana art scene. As founder of the Grupo Provisional, he organized and co-curated several exhibitions and events with a strong focus on performance art. Over the years, Novoa has curated several group shows of emerging artists, connecting artists, political ideas and community.


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La iluminación poética en la obra de Gory

domingo, 16.10.11

Carlos M. Luis

Especial/El Nuevo Herald

Es ya un lugar común afirmar que la invención de la fotografía (del griego photos, luz y grafos, escritura) cambió radicalmente el rumbo de la pintura moderna. Pero vale la pena recordarlo y en estos tiempos, aún más cuando la fotografía elevada a la categoría de arte, mezcla sus técnicas con la pintura. Inventada en 1826 por Joseph Nicephore y Louis Daguerrre, pasó por numerosas etapas de refinamientos hasta que en 1888 George Eastman introdujo su famosa cámara Kodak. Las fotos en color comenzaron a comercializarse en 1907, cuando la pintura había roto sus amarras con la “realidad” en cuadros icónicos como Les Demoiselles D’Avignon de Pablo Picasso. A partir de esa época, desde las fotos digitales y los numerosos experimentos que se han hecho con toda suerte de procedimientos, una nueva forma de expresión ha surgido, mostrando una vitalidad incesante. Pero a pesar de las variantes a la que ha sido sometida, la fotografía guarda para mí algo especial: su misterio mágico. La foto congela en el tiempo y en el espacio un momento de nuestras vidas, fijándolo para siempre tal y como ocurriera en el momento en que fue tomada.

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Art Platform LA to exhibit Jose Bedia, Angel Delgado

30 SEPT. – 3 OCT., 2011

The Art Platform – Los Angeles art fair will demonstrate the rich and diverse cultural landscape of Southern California and underscore Los Angeles’ influential position within the contemporary art world.

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Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons: “Mama/Reciprocal Energy”, Vanderbilt University, TN

October 12 through December 8, 2011

Special talk and opening reception

10/12/2011, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Vanderbilt University

2201 West End Ave.
Nashville, TN 37235

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons: MAMA/RECIPROCAL ENERGY will be the first exhibition that examines this internationally recognized artist’s drawings. Five large-scale, mixed-media drawings, works that the artist created as a means to explore themes central to her practice, such as issues of identity, exile and displacement as a Afro-Cuban artist living in America, will be included. In addition to these works, drawings that address specific performances the artist has presented over the course of her career, one of which is a collaborative work she created with her son, will also be featured. This later body of work is the artist’s attempt at “putting the [performances] in a memory box, [in order to create] the essence of the moment.” The drawings will be accompanied by a three-channel video work that examines questions surrounding the nature of energy from an intriguing perspective.

Born in Matanzas in 1959, Campos-Pons was educated in Cuba at the National School of Art (1976ñ1979) and Instituto Superior de Arte (1980-1985) and graduated from Massachusetts College of Art in 1988. She is one of the most significant artists to emerge from the Cuban post-revolutionary era. She moved to North America in 1991 and now lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with her husband, the composer and performing artist Neil Leonard, and their son.

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On View: José Bedia’s spiritual and physical journeys

The Cuban artist is the focus of a retrospective at the Fowler Museum at UCLA that represents his artistic pilgrimages over the last 30 years.

By Scarlet Cheng, Special to the Los Angeles Times  September 11, 2011

“Many things come to me in my trips,” says artist José Bedia. “I see myself as a kind of anthropologist. I do field work, I collect things and take notes — and then the ideas start to come out.”

The ideas pour out in his powerful, outsize drawings, paintings and installations, which are full of references to his physical and spiritual journeys. Nearly 30 of his pieces are being presented in “Transcultural Pilgrim: Three Decades of Work by José Bedia,” at the Fowler Museum at UCLA from Sept. 18 to Jan. 8.

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WILLIAMS CARMONA: “Lo parecido, nunca será igual” – Obra Galería Alegría, San Juan, PR

Inauguración: jueves, 22 septiembre, 2011 – 7.30pm

22 septiembre – 15 octubre, 2011

Obra Galería Alegría

301 Calle Cruz, Viejo San Juan
Puerto Rico 00901
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V for Vanitas: Geandy Pavón y el arte como castigo

Publicado el domingo, 18 de septiembre, 2011


¿ Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?, se preguntaba en las Sátiras el poeta Juvenal. Desde entonces la respuesta ha quedado como una duda abierta a todas las teorías de la conspiración: ¿Quién vigila a los vigilantes? La lista de watchdogs ha sido amplia, pero desde la segunda mitad del siglo XIX el arte político ha sido uno de los azotes más efectivos y permanentes contra el abuso del poder. Geandy Pavón Zayas (Las Tunas, Cuba, 1974) se ha convertido desde hace años en el mayor aguafiestas del régimen de La Habana y de otros gobiernos autocráticos como el chino. El artista, encarnado en su proyecto Némesis, transformado en memoria que persigue, “que no deja en paz al que ha ejecutado una mala acción”, ha alcanzado notoriedad como una suerte de Bansky mediático que proyecta graffiti efímeros -ya sean imágenes del luchador cubano Orlando Zapata Tamayo, fallecido después de una larga y penosa huelga de hambre, o del artista disidente Ai WeiWei- en “pantallas” tan disímiles como la fachada del Consulado Chino en Manhattan, o el emblemático Carnegie Hall durante un concierto del cantautor Silvio Rodríguez.

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Exposición “Peregrino transcultural: Tres décadas de trabajo de José Bedia”

Fuente: Cubaencuentro.com

El Fowler Museum de la UCLA presenta una retrospectiva del pintor cubano

Los Ángeles | 17/09/2011 – 08/01/2012

Sábado, 17 de septiembre de 2011
17:00-18:00 Judith Bettelheim y Janet Catherine Berlo, comisarias de la exposición, conversarán con el artista cubano.
18:00 Fiesta de inauguración para miembros del Fowler Museum
Domingo, 18 de septiembre

La exposición se abre al público general.

El Museo Fowler de UCLA presenta “Pilgrim Transcultural: Tres décadas de trabajo de José Bedia” una exposición que reúne 28 pinturas de gran formato, dibujos figurativos y una instalación para ofrecer una amplia retrospectiva del destacado artista cubano de la conocida como “Generación del 80”.

La retrospectiva del trabajo de Bedia se desarrolla como una narración de los viajes transculturales que ha hecho. En la primera sección de la exposición incluye ocho obras que tienen que ver con su participación en la religión afrocubana Palo Monte, que ha practicado desde principios de 1980 en Cuba.
Las obras en la siguiente sección describe la crónica de Bedia en su viaje por México, así como sus estudios con los pueblos Lakota y las visitas a los chamanes en el Amazonas peruano.

Otra agrupación de sus obras cuenta con cuatro obras que rinden homenaje a figuras revolucionarias del Caribe, que combinaron sus creencias religiosas con un fuerte sentido de activismo y la justicia social.
Tres últimas pinturas, de aproximadamente 15 pies de ancho, reflejan el interés de muchos años de Bedia por el arte africano, así como las peregrinaciones que hizo a Zambia para trabajar con los adivinos y ver bailes de máscaras.

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Rogelio López Marín (Gory): Selected Photographs 1985 – 1994 at FARSIDE GALLERY, Miami

September 21 – October 28, 2011

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 24

Farside Gallery

1305 SW 87th Avenue,
Miami, FL 33174

by appointment 305-264-3355

Rogelio López Marín (Gory) was born in Havana, Cuba and he lives and works in Miami, FL. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the National School of Art in Havana. He took a Photographic and Graphic Design course under the tutorial of the Cuban artist Raúl Martínez and has a Master of Art History from the University of Havana.

This exhibition contains over twenty important photographic works by Gory for the period between 1985 and 1994. The work displayed encompasses a series with a marked conceptualist interest with texts by Michael Ende (It’s Only Water in a Stranger’s Tear) and poems by his wife Lucia Ballester and includes more orthodox photographs, with a marked conceptual closeness to documentary photography. All the works are linked by the same toned gelatin silver print technique that gives them a formal unity accentuated by the artist’s unique vision.

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Alejandro López: ODD RHETORIC ODE part two, at 17 Frost Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

September 24 – October 22, 2011

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 24, 2011


17 Frost Art Space

17 Frost Street,
between Lorimer St. and Union Ave.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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TRILOGIA CARIBE: Edouard Duval Carrie, Jose Bedia y Garcia Cordero at Lyle O. Reitzel, DR

Friday, September 2 at 7:00pm – October 15 at 12:00pm

Centro Cultural de España

Calle Arzobispo Meriño, Zona Colonial.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

El Centro Cultural de España en Santo Domingo invita a la exposición “GLOBAL CARIBBEAN: CARIBBEAN TRILOGY”, una muestra de los artistas Edouard Duval-Carrié, José Bedia y José García Cordero a inaugurarse este viernes 2 de septiembre, a las 7 de la noche.

Curada por Edouard Duval-Carrié y Lyle O Reitzel, las obras seleccionadas son el reflejo de tres expresiones distintas y complementarias que proclaman la renovación y ascendencia del arte caribeño a través de tres reconocidos artistas que en la actualidad forman parte de importantes colecciones públicas y privadas en todo el mundo. Tres propuestas estéticas vinculadas entre sí ideológicamente por la radicalidad un discurso comprometidamente identitario.

El martes 6 de septiembre, Bedia, Edouard Duval-Carrié y José García Cordero impartirán una conferencia abierta al público titulada “El artista y su proceso de creación”, a las 6 de la tarde.

Gallery website

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Carlos Estevez – Psychomanteum

Galerie JM’Arts
151 Rue du Chevaleret
Paris, 75013
tel 06 16 52 9057

September 8 to November 30, 2011
Opening thursday September 8, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM – Artist will be present

The metaphorical use of psychomanteum initiates to the artistic world of Carlos Estevez, particularly the works of art presented in this show. The works become at the same time space of projection and reflection and, as well, territories where the human spirit is invoked, the artist leaving in his own wishes and condensed thoughts in images communicating with the ones of others.

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Carlos Estevez – Lucernarium

August 25 – December 24, 2011

Havana Galerie
Dienerstrasse 30, CH 8004
Zurich, Switzerland
Tel. 044 241 85 82
Opening August 24, 5-8PM

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Recrea Ángel Ricardo el concepto de los “piercings” para el arte


Jueves, 11 de Agosto de 2011

El artista cubano, naturalizado mexicano, muestra su exhibición titulada “Obsesiones” en el Antiguo Palacio del Arzobispado.

Ciudad de México  • Una serie de pinturas y dibujos estéticos-eróticos, de objetos extraídos de la realidad, creados a partir del concepto de “piercings”, es decir capaces de atravesar estructuras blandas como la piel, integra la exposición “Obsesiones”, de Angel Ricardo Ricardo Ríos, que fue inaugurada la víspera.


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Fowler Museum presents retrospective of Cuban American artist José Bedia

Sept. 18 through Jan. 8, 2012.

Fowler Museum at University of California Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA 90095-7065

Opening Night
Saturday, Sept. 17
5–6 p.m.: Fowler OutSpoken conversation with José Bedia, Judith Bettelheim and Janet Catherine Berlo
6–8:30 p.m.: Opening party for members

The Fowler Museum at UCLA presents “Transcultural Pilgrim: Three Decades of Work by José Bedia,” an exhibition that brings together 28 large-scale figurative paintings and drawings and a newly commissioned, site-specific installation to offer a comprehensive retrospective on this acclaimed member of Cuba’s “Generation of the ’80s,” the pioneering young artists who incorporated Cuban vernacular and spiritual references into their work and experimented with eclectic visual forms.
The exhibition, which opens Sept. 17 with a conversation between Bedia and curators Judith Bettelheim and Janet Catherine Berlo, will be on display from Sept. 18 through Jan. 8, 2012.

Press Release

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Paraísos, purgatorios e infiernos de Ana Albertina Delgado


31 julio 2011

Ana Albertina Delgado (La Habana, 1963) transita libremente por los confines de su mundo imaginario, en los dibujos que actualmente está exponiendo en Farside Gallery. Los trazos a veces tenues de sus hallazgos, sorprenden nuestra mirada. Porque se trata precisamente de sorprender, como siempre ha ocurrido en las intrincadas fantasías que se le ocurren a los primitivos, a los niños y a esos que solemos llamar lunáticos. En otras palabras: a los verdaderos poetas. Sus dibujos coloreados, o los realizados a tinta, exhiben las aventuras prodigiosas que van transportándola por otras comarcas, creando personajes y animales con la vara mágica de sus lápices. Sabemos que esas visiones obedecen a un subconsciente poblado por arquetipos que tanto le gustaban a Jung mencionar. ¿Y qué son esos arquetipos sino los restos que van quedando de un sueño colectivo que la humanidad ha perdido? Su recuperación (parcial), sólo se encuentra en las manos de poetas como Ana Albertina Delgado, que ha elegido el camino que nos proponen los cuentos infantiles para lograrlo. Pero no nos engañemos: sus cuentos no son inocentes. La lectura de sus dibujos, que uno tras otro despliegan efectos oníricos que producen su contemplación, así lo confirma.

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Ana Albertina Delgado: SELECTED DRAWINGS 1997 – 2011 at Farside Gallery, Miami

Saturday, July 16  7-9 pm

Farside Gallery

1305 Galloway Rd. (87th Ave.)
Miami, FL 33174
Exhibition on view: July 10 – August 28, 2011
by appointment, weekdays 11 am – 5 pm
An exhibit of over thirty original drawings by Ana Albertina Delgado.
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José Bedia- Designs for plazas along Crandon Boulevard, Miami

Of time and place

Eight artist-designed plazas strung along Crandon Boulevard celebrate Key Biscayne’s island lifestyle and environment

The Miami Herald, June 19, 2011

Key Biscayne has always been a magical place. The condos have come and conquered. The strip shopping centers line too much of Crandon Boulevard. There’s plenty of traffic. And yet, somehow despite everything, it still feels, and looks, like an island.
There is no better reminder than the series of eight small public plazas — place makers, really — created under the auspices of Key Biscayne’s admirable, ambitious and even visionary public-art program. They are works that speak to time and place, nudging us to pause and think about the island’s fragile ecology.
Seven of the plazas were designed by the Cuban-born Miami artist Jose Bedia and the last by the American-born artist Sarah Morris, who is based in London and New York. Wrought in terrazzo (by Bedia) and tile (by Morris), these installations offer momentary respite or the opportunity for long contemplation. Bedia’s, in particular, are a reminder of the fragility of the environment, though a long look at Morris’ two tiled pools might yield the conclusion that rather than being merely abstract geometries, they might also be saying something about a once-lush, once-native landscape now crisscrossed with roadways.

Also here

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Outside Cuba

Contemporary Cuban Visual Artists

By: Ileana Fuentes, Graciella Cruz-Taura, Ricardo Pau-Llosa

Outside Cuba is the catalog of the exhibition of the same name which brings the first major showing of the work of contemporary Cuban Artists since the Museum of Moden Art in New York staged Modern Cuban Painters in 1944.

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Cuba Avant-Garde Contemporary Cuban Art from the Farber Collection

The Farber collection contains art from both inside and outside the island. The book is an review of contemporary cuban art over the last 20 years.

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Jose Bedia – Abre Nkuto Muchacho nuevo

Interesting Video from the Miami Art Museum with Jose Bedia talking about his art and how he executes his paintings.

To view video click Read More

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