Tag : Cuban Art

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Aimee Garcia in The Game of Ambiguities

The Black Pony Gallery announced the first solo online exhibition for Cuban-American artist Aimee Garcia. It runs from February 5 to March 1, 2021. Garcia is unique because she utilizes the style of portraiture. She often uses herself as the subject. Using just a few strong colors- red, green, and black- in the backdrop, she draws attention to a person’s facial expressions. She also includes lines in her paintings, adding the sensation of psychological tension.

Garcia describes her work as a game. “I seek to establish a game with the meaning of the materials and the objects…” she states in her artist statement. One can observe from the many lines and spaces a kind of interplay between the dimensions that encourages one to pull in and out of the painting. It also feels like a video game due to the exactness and precision of the intersecting lines. Each space takes you to another level. Each dimension represents a subtext of thought. A particular curve of the eyebrow leads towards layers of hidden meanings.

Garcia also considers her art to be feminine and universal. The artist has claimed to dedicate herself to the “the universal feminine experience.” Her series of paintings titled Repression presents themes of subordination, suffering, and pain. She combined stark grey and black tones with red intersecting lines to express heavy sensations. The look in the eyes of the subject convey a strong emotional message of confinement.

Born in Matanzas, Cuba in 1972, Aimee Garcia currently lives and works in Winston Salem, NC, USA. Garcia graduated from the Higher Institute of Art, Havana, in 1996. Her works are in public collections such as the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba and the Pérez Art Museum of Miami, USA.

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Carmen Herrera in Paris, Exhibit at Dickinsons NY

Dark red, military green and white, these three simple colors pop out of Field of Combat, a painting from 1952. Carmen Herrera is the Cuban-American artist who created the work.   

The abstract piece made up of these stark colors is the highlighted work at Dickinson’s TEFAF Online New York 2020 presentation. Currently, the private auction house, Dickinsons New York, is presenting an exhibit called “Carmen Herrera in Paris.”

It includes eight paintings dated from 1949-1953, including Field of Combat.  During this time, Herrera lived in Paris, France. She responded to the European avant-garde. She engaged with the Bauhaus and Russian Suprematism. One of Herrera’s first mature pieces Castilla la Vieja [Venetian Red, White and Black] (1949) is also featured in the show. Dickinsons is also presenting three pieces inspired from Herrera’s trip back to Cuba during the holidays in 1950. 

Unlike her sharp paintings, Herrera is a lively character. At 105 years old, she is finally getting the recognition she deserves. Not only was she a woman in a male dominated field but she was also a Cuban exile. About her late fame, she expressed: “If you wait for the bus, it will come. I waited 98 years for the bus to come.” 

All works are for sale and on display from 2 November – 27 February, 2021 at Dickinson New York, 980 Madison Ave, New York.

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Cuban-American Artist Carmen Herrera Featured The Met’s Virtual Exhibit

During these trying times, visiting museums and galleries is a possible risk to one’s health, so artists have been unable to display their work using traditional methods.  Yet, the show must go on. Professionals from the art world are no strangers to innovation. Some of the world’s most prestigious institutions are leading the way with new ways to share art with the public. For example, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is currently launching a virtual exhibit for the Fall. 

To make it more engaging for the public, the museum has implemented interactive experiences in the virtual exhibition. These include augmented reality versions of the best art pieces. Aside from virtual reality technology, the museum will provide a gaming experience for guests.  They will enjoy answering trivia questions and riddles. In addition, a Zoom and Spot challenge will allow visitors to read any description and content regarding the art pieces. A game called Analysis will present the underdrawings of famous paintings, as well as other hidden details, giving people a chance to guess the work.

Almost fifty pieces of art from the Met’s collection will come to life. The interactive exhibit will be available to the public free of charge for five weeks. The digitally rendered galleries will showcase some of the most well-known artists in the world. Included in the line-up is one of our own: Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera.  In addition, the virtual exhibit will display the work of  Mark Bradford, Sam Gilliam, and Ek Anatsui. Another major feature of the show is a 14th century Chinese mural, which features the Buddha of Medicine and the Temple of Dendur.

Link:>>Other Carmen Herrera posts in the CANY Blog

Link:>>Wikipedia

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Carlos Estévez: Urban Universes projections at Coral Gables City Hall building

Coral Gables City Hall: 405 Baltimore Way

February 12 – March 15, 2021

Cuban born, Miami based artist Carlos Estévez will be creating his first technology-based artwork. Based on Estevez’s paintings and sculptures, this new projection mapped immersive work  will be cast on the entire surface of the historic Coral Gables City Hall building. The artist’s previous work seems to capture a moment of time but for this new commission, Estévez will work with a team of animators to develop the video content about people’s movement, interaction, and sense of community. He has always contemplated working in this way but due to costs and need for technical support has waited for a moment like this. We are proud to be presenting this work every evening for the month-long exhibition period.

In tandem with the video mapped projection piece, Estevez is creating an educational tool and interactive artwork with our educational partners Florida International University Art & Art History Department and the Miami Dade County Public Schools. Through a demonstration video, art teacher workshops and in personal lessons, Estevez hopes to inspire and help the children and their families in the district make kites that are based on identity, self-portraiture, and inclusivity.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

“Urban Universes is the most exciting project of my career. The work consists of the animation of various passers-by or characters that I portray in my paintings. This work pays homage to the City of Coral Gables and its inhabitants. Coral Gables is one of the oldest and both culturally and historically rich cities in South Florida, especially the street of Miracle Mile and its surroundings. The heart of the city is a center of leisure for locals and tourists. My work will be projected on the entire City Hall facade. The images will be imaginary representations of people passing by, walking, and conversing amongst themselves, projecting their goals and dreams, just like the people that inhabit this city. These people are portraits of different individuals that come across one another fortuitously. I wanted to imagine the inner world of people, their identities, and emotions, which I translate with lines and colors. Each person that walks by the city will see their reflection in some of the characters in this piece, identify with the characters will make them feel included, and also feel like a part of this city.

Urban Universes is the work that I am presenting for the Illuminate Coral Gables exhibition. It is orchestrated by curator Lance Fung whose vision is to take the artworks of individual artists to an urban community. It is going to be a fascinating experience that reverses the ordinary dynamic of art. Rather than going into museums, galleries, or art institutions, the art will find and amuse you on the streets of your city.”

Carlos Estévez at CANY blog

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Dreaming with Lions

This is an important artist and an important work. The exhibit closed on December 9, 2020 but it bears mentioning.

Faena Art unveiled a monumental site-specific artwork on Miami Beach as part of Miami Art Week 2020.

The monumental site-specific installation entitled ‘Dreaming with Lions’ by Miami-based Cuban artist Alexandre Arrechea is located on the beach directly in front of Faena Hotel and is free and open to view until Sunday, 6 December 2020. This new work within the Faena District provides a safe environment for the local community to explore and interact with public art.

Alexander Arrechea page

Town & Country magazine link

Alexander Arrechea Wikipedi link

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“Somos La Luz” Mural Commemorates COVID-19 Death

 Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada created a 20,000-square-foot mural in Queens, New York to commemorate one of the health care practitioners who lost his life during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Ydelfonso Decoo is the name of the Queen’s, New York doctor who succumbed to the virus. He worked on the front lines in New York City in the Spring of 2020. Known all over the world, Rodriguez-Gerada partnered with SOMOS Community Care.  The health network serves immigrants and other organizations.

The mural is in a parking lot outside The Queens Museum. It’s near the iconic Unisphere globe from New York’s 1964 World’s Fair. The artwork is titled “Somos la Luz” (We Are the Light).  It draws attention to the disproportionate amount of Latino and Black casualties of the virus.  The enormity of the painting reflects the large amount of victims of Covid-19 in the minority community. 

“It’s not just making something big, just for the sake of it, it’s also because what you’re saying is [this] important enough that it merits it,” says Rodriguez-Gerada.

The artist posted a YouTube video about the project in September. He noted “In New York City the coronavirus is killing Latinos and Blacks at double the rate that it is killing whites and Asians.” He gave statistics about the casualties. In addition, he urged the community to come together. 

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STILL I RISE, Cuban artist Armando Mariño at Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris

Cuban artist Armando Mariño exhibits his works at Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris from January 19 to March 6, 2021.

Galerie Anne de Villepoix :18 rue du Moulin Joly, 75011 Paris – France

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Armando Mariño at CANY

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Quarantine: 40 Days and 40 Nights

Cuban-born visual artist, Geandy Pavón, created a series of stunning photographs during the quarantine of 2020.  Quarantine: 40 Days and 40 Nights is now on display at the Coral Gables Art Museum.  Guests can visit the exhibit in the museum’s Community Meeting Room until February 1, 2021. 

Starting on March 18, 2020 Pavón, originally from Las Tunas, Cuba, released a photograph a day on social media for forty days.  Along with his partner,  Imara López, they produced visually captivating images, which garnered them a following. Using the internet as a lifeline, he connected with people through the imagery. They captured scenes detailing domestic struggles of life during the lockdown, but they turned them into poetry. 

Using limited resources while trapped in López’s Buffalo, NY apartment, the artists wowed his viewers with his imaginative creations. He used simple objects such as flashlights and cardboard to reenact art history classics and popular religious rituals. 

In addition to the photographs, Pavón recorded video narrating the process of creating the artworks. In the exhibition room, guests will enjoy A soundtrack by renowned musician Paquito D’Rivera, created specifically for the exhibition. The soundtrack is comprised of two versions of the iconic La Bella Cubana, written by Afro-Cuban 20c composer, José Lafitte White.This exhibition was originally exhibited virtually at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C.

More Geandy Pavon Posts

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Cuban American Artist honored with New USPS Stamp

Emilio Sanchez is the first Cuban American visual artist in history honored on a United States Postal Service stamp. The USPS dedicated the new series of Forever Stamps to Sanchez on the centennial anniversary of his birth in 1921. They will be released in the Summer of 2021.

The four stamps issued will reproduce four of his paintings. One of these works is Untitled (Ventanita entreabierta) from 1981, an oil and watercolor on paper. It belongs to the permanent collection of Caribbean Art at the Lowe Museum of Art in the University of Miami. 

Equally significant is that Victor Deupi a Professor of Architectural History at the University of Miami researched and wrote about Sanchez.  Deupi first learned about the Cuban visual artist when he visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “I had never heard of him until then, and before you know it, I began my research on Sanchez,” recounted Deupi to News@theU. 

He, along with many others at the University, is very excited about the announcement because it brings attention Cuban American art and culture. 
“It’s a wonderful honor on many fronts because it gives so many voices to people of different races and ethnic backgrounds,” explained to Deupi News@theU.

More posts on Emilio Sanchez

Wikipedia article on Emilio Sanchez

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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

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