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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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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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