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For Collectors

Historical Close-Up: Modern Cuban Painters at MoMA, 1944

Last month, the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies presented a program on “Modern Cuban Art in New York: The MoMA Exhibition of 1944.” Alejandro Anreus, professor of art history and Latin American/Latino Studies at William Paterson University, led off with a talk about the exhibition, its genesis, and its impact on Cuban art.

“El Cubano Se Ofrece,” 40 Years Later

This Saturday, January 18, the Cuban American Phototheque Foundation in Miami opens "Iván Cañas: A Retrospective," a career survey of the noted photojournalist. Photography scholar Grethel Morell Otero and curator Abelardo Mena explore one of Cañas’s major projects: the long out-of-print photo book, "El Cubano se Ofrece."

In Focus: “Cuban Art and Identity 1900-1950”

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.

Book Talk: Raúl Martínez: La Gran Familia

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.

Amelia Peláez: A Fresh Look at a Modern Cuban Master

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.