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Agustin Fernandez: Armaduras

ICA Miami invites you to a Zoom presentation on the release of its latest publication on Agustin Fernandez.

Thursday January 21, 2021 at 2 PM


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More on Agustin Fernandez from the CANY Blog

Wikipedia link

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Rubén Torres-Llorca, José Bedia, Cruz Azaceta, González-Torres, Ana Mendieta, Sandra Ramos, Carlos Rodríguez Cárdenas, among Cuban artists included in “A to Z of Caribbean Art”, an anthology of artists of the Caribbean

Robert & Christopher Publishers, a Trinidad-based art book imprint, has published an anthology of important artists from the Caribbean, including Cuban artists from the diaspora.

A to Z of Caribbean Art is a joyous celebration of the lives and works of many of the most outstanding, prolific, groundbreaking, critical, fascinating, and controversial artists of the Caribbean. Thanks to the abécédaire format of this book, a multiplicity of artists have ended up in lively dialogue here. We connect people separated by geography, language, and time: 120 years of movements, moments, schools, and sociopolitical contexts; countries as far apart as Bermuda in the north to Guyana in the south; and the French, Dutch, English, and Spanish Caribbean.

Each artist is represented by a page that shows a definitive work, biographical details, and a short write-up about their oeuvre. These artists were selected based on a number of factors, including critical discourse around their work, inclusion in a significant publication, work written about in regional or international trade magazine, and participation in a curated exhibition at a major institution, or at a regional or international biennial.

Rubén Torres Llorca One of Us Can Be Wrong (2010)

Paperback: 304 pages
Published by: Robert & Christopher Publishers, November 2019
ISBN: 978-976-95344-9-0
Language: English

Cuban artists in CANY blog

Videos of Cuban artists in Youtube

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Cabin Fever Artist Talks – Features Cuban-born Jorge Wellesly

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey recently launched another video installment of their Cabin Fever Artist Talks. In this latest episode, Cuban-born artist Jorge Wellesly discusses his art. His work is about the relationship between truth, reality and language. The artist states, “I have seen that language is not enough to interpret reality and to communicate truth.” He often uses text in relation to social issues.  But he also uses symbolic elements such as billboards or public signs. He explains that they “remind us of how the power addresses us through media, advertising and now social media.” 

A multidisciplinary artist, Jorge uses various media such as painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation. He always strives to express the complexity of how to create meaning and sense. 

Influenced by Bauhaus and the Black Mountain College, he pays attention to the combination of several disciplines like architecture, science and art.  He also takes ideas from the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein who explained that “language is an arbitrary but necessary tool to build our reality.”  

When he lived in Cuba, his art was a mirror of social and political upheaval.  “Any art that criticized the communist government was censored or even punished with incarceration,” he said. For instance, in 2012 the Cuban government denied his artworks for the Havana Biennial.  They claimed the text was politically incorrect.

His move to the US impacted him personally and artistically. In 2019, he completed his first public sculpture. It includes four letters that spell SOUL in different colors to represent human diversity. He currently lives in Guttenberg, NJ.

The Cabin Fever Artist Talks provides methods for bringing people art at home safely as the Covid-19 health crisis continues.  It includes videos of artists detailing their artistic process and presenting studio tours.  

More info on Jorge Wellesly- Cuban Art Database, Cuba Art News

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Tomás Esson: The GOAT at Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami

Until May 2, 2021

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami

61 NE 41st Street
Miami, FL 33137

Cuban artist Tomás Esson exhibits works from the last thirty years.

“Tomás Esson: The GOAT” is the first solo museum presentation for Cuban painter Tomás Esson. On this occasion, ICA Miami brings together works spanning his thirty-year studio practice alongside a site-specific mural and a commissioned reinterpretation of his early painting installations.

From his very first exhibition in Havana in 1988, which was censored and closed by Cuban authorities, Esson has created lively and grotesque paintings loaded with dynamic energy, mythological references, and political commentary. The presentation will include early works, as well as painting from Esson’s “Retrato” (Portraits) series and his “Wet Paintings” series. Each of these three bodies of works began in one of the different cities where Esson has lived and worked—the early paintings in Havana, the “Retratos” in Miami, and the “Wet Paintings” in New York City.

For more information check out: https://icamiami.org/exhibition/tomas-esson/

Tomás Esson at CANY blog

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MARIO PETRIRENA RECOLLECTS IN MOOD RING

“Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, to fail,” advises Cuban-American artist Mario Petrirena.  He shared his personal philosophy in Mood Ring. Mood Ring is a segment of Burnaway. Burnaway publishes a magazine and daily content that celebrates art in the South. Mario is the latest artist to be featured in Mood Ring. His article is titled “Mario Petrirena: Personal Thoughts on Process and Progress.” In the short journal-style piece, he provides guidance for budding artists as well as overall tips on living life. He writes: “You have to have a certain strength to put your work out there. Do it. The good, the bad and the ugly; all make us who we are.”

Along with his advice on art and life, he also shared photographs of his current works in progress. He collects old items and pieces from magazines to create collages in his artworks.

Mario Petrirena lives and works in Atlanta. His artworks, which include sculpture and installation, often express his dual-heritage and identity as an exile.  Petrirena attended the Rochester Institute of Technology School for American Craftsmen and the University of Florida. His work is visible in the collections of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, FL; Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, The Cintas Foundation, NY; the Carter Presidential Center, the Paul Jones Collection at the University of Delaware; MOCA GA, the Ogden Museum in New Orleans and numerous private collections.

Read more about Mario Petrirena on the CANY Blog

Cintas Foundation Link

Cuba Art NY Link

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María Magdalena Campos in Group Show ALIEN NATIONS 2020 at Coral Gables Museum

Carole A. Fewell Gallery

December 1st, 2020 – March 14th, 2021

Cuban Artist María Magdalena Campos is part of the group show ALIEN NATIONS 2020 at the Coral Gables Museum in Miami.

Alien Nations 2020 gathers a group of artists who convey different forms of alienation. It looks at a myriad of issues that are affecting the psychological state of the individual and the different groups within which we live.

Nearly two dozen creatives, both emerging and established, many with connections to South Florida, exhibit works in a broad range of media – painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, and performance documentation. Inscribed in a long tradition of responses to troubled times, these pieces not only portray the current socio-political and economic landscape, but also share sensitive insights into the direction of our humanity, and hope for the future.

Events:

January 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Artist Panel: Alien Nations

To RSVP for the panel: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsc-mqrz0oHdL1ZVt3QpNfuva_RbEuSMUB

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the conversation.

María Magdalena Campos at CANY BLOG

María Magdalena Campos online

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Guttenburg Arts Presents Winter/Fall Residencies

The Space and Time Artist Residency (STAR) from Guttenburg Arts provides $1,200 stipend to cover materials, travel and lodging for awardees. Gutenberg Arts provides artists with opportunities to create cultural experiences.  

Artists gain access to a professional workspace for the visual arts that includes printmaking, dark room and ceramics facilities. The duration of the residency is three months, and it is located in Guttenberg, New Jersey.  Each participant gains a spot in a group show at the end. In addition, they will spend at least fifteen hours in the studio.  The 4,500 sq. ft. space is open twenty-four hours, seven days a week.  Towards the end of the program, artist give a free public artist lecture or workshop. 

The residency is a prime opportunity in the tri-state area. Successful Artists visit the residents, which gives them a chance to be seen.  After all, in the arts, as in almost everything else, it’s all about who you know.  
The deadline to apply is January 31, 2021. Gutenberg Arts just tweeted on January 1st. “We’ve extended our Open Call for the Fall ’21 & Winter ’22 Space and Time Artist Residency!  Apply at http://guttenbergarts.submittable.com/submit by January 31st!  As always it’s #freetoapply

Link to Guttenberg arts page:–>http://www.guttenbergarts.org

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“Artivism” in Today’s Cuba for Free Expression

Now is the time more than ever to support Cuban artists.  Many Cubans have fled the island because of political oppression. Many more have left for economic reasons.  A few have escaped due to artistic limitations on their freedom of expression. In fact, at the moment on the island, there is a whole community of artists who are protesting for freedom of expresion.  On November 27, 2020, over 300 artists and their supporters protested in front of the Ministry of Cuba.  

Artist and Writer Coco Fusco journaled the event for the Museum of Modern Art in New York.  For her article “The Right to Have Rights,” she interviewed a series of artists: Camila Lobón, Julio Llópiz Casal, Luis Manuel Otero Alacantra, and Reynier Leyva Novo.

They call the new “artivist” movement 27N. It is a reaction to police brutality towards The San Isidro Movement, a group of artists staging a hunger strike against the arrest of a rapper. 
The event on the 27th was unprecedented because thirty of the protestors were allowed inside to speak with political leaders.  “I personally had never experienced such a democratic event in Cuba before,” said Julio Llópiz Casal.

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Cuba Art NY

Fall online exhibit – Closing event

The icing on the cake… after an incredible online exhibit – the closing event. CANY presents in conjunction with Rialta Magazine – Four Art historians, art curators discuss the 8 women artists included in the CANY online fall show. <<In Spanish>>

Don’t miss it !

Ninguna mujer es una isla: ocho artistas en CANY Conversatorio con la participación de Suset Sánchez, María de Lourdes Mariño, Janet Batet, Meyken Barreto y Tanya Álvarez.

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Weaving a Familial History in Cuban-American Piñatas

Multidisciplinary artist Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido is currently participating in  A Common Thread: Textiles Past & Present. She expresses themes related to her experience as a Cuban exile in her work.  In Cuban-American Piñatas, she wove together colorful fabrics into suitcase-shaped piñatas. They represent her journey back to her homeland. Like many other Cuban-Americans, she visited the island with her family. They carried suitcases packed with goods and supplies to distribute to those in need. 

The piñata suitcases allude to the concept of redistribution of goods, which is the basis of communism. Even though pinatas are typically Mexican, the artist uses them to highlight a communal activity. Each person picks a ribbon and grabs the shared goods within. “It’s ironic because we think of communism as a group activity, and yet for many, it hasn’t worked out so well when commodities cannot be distributed to everybody that needs them,” expressed Mesa-Gaido. 

Her Cuban-American Piñatas and other works are currently part of  A Common Thread: Textiles Past & Present.  The exhibit showcases contemporary innovations in textile art. It will be on display through Jan. 9, 2021 at The Art Center of Greenwood in South Carolina. 

She is currently Professor of Art at Morehead State University.

Check out more articles about Mesa-Gaido from the CANY blog!

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