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Janet Batet

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Janet Batet (b. Havana, Cuba) is an independent curator, art critic, and essayist currently living in Miami. She is a former researcher and curator at the Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales (Development Center of Visual Arts) and a former professor at the Instituto Superior de Arte (Higher Institute of Art), both in Havana. She is passionate about contemporary art, Latin American art, and new technology. Her articles on art practices are regularly published in Art Nexus, Art Pulse, Arte al Dia, Art Experience: NYC, and El Nuevo Herald, among others.

Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla

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"Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla" recently opened at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, where it runs through May 19. Janet Batet takes us through the exhibition and Sánchez’s seven-decade-long career.

A Life in Cuban Art, and an Award to Honor It

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Juan Martínez—art historian, author, and winner of the CINTAS Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award—talks with Janet Batet about art on and beyond the island, “Miami nostalgia,” and Cuban art collecting in South Florida.

Screaming Heads and Still Lifes: The Late-Career Art of Carlos Alfonzo

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At the height of his career, barely 40 years old, Carlos Alfonzo died in Miami in 1991. An exhibition at Fredric Snitzer Gallery explores the expressive power of the artist’s late work.

Solid Abstraction: Bringing Cuban Abstract Art into the 21st Century

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Featuring works by 10 Cuban artists on the island and abroad, Solid Abstraction: Strategies of Disobedience in Cuban Art explores contemporary uses of abstract art as both “an act of disobedience” and a continuation of a decades-long tradition in Cuban art. Janet Batet reflects on the exhibition organized by Aldeide Delgado.

Ad Reinhardt, Erased News and a 1934 Peso: Abstracting History at PAMM

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Abstracting History focuses on the vast tradition of abstraction in Cuban art, tracing a conceptual through-line from Sandú Darié to emerging artists today. Janet Batet looks at some of the exhibition’s highlights.