At the Vero Beach Museum of Art, Cuban Art and Identity: 1900-1950 surveys painting from the first 50 years of the Cuban Republic—a time when many artists focused on defining lo cubano. In excerpts from his catalogue essay, curator Juan A. Martínez looks at the theme of music in the art of this era.
This month, Havana curator Corina Matamoros was in New York for the North American launch of Raúl Martínez: La Gran Familia. To celebrate, Cuban Art News presents an interview with Matamoros that took place just before the book’s Havana launch earlier this year.
Cuban artist Amelia Peláez (1896-1968) is widely recognized as a master of 20th-century modernism in Latin America. A new exhibition at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana takes a comprehensive look at her career.
As part of the group Los Once (The Eleven), Raúl Martínez was one of the stars of the 1950s Cuban abstract-art adventure. Later, he painted revolutionary leaders such as Ché Guevara and Jose Martí, and young faces of Cuba in the 60s and 70s. Rodriguez went on to master photography, book design, and teaching. Openly gay, he endured discrimination and censorship. Now, at long last, his work has come to New York.