Visual Arts

The State of the (Cuban) Art – One Curator’s View

Art historian and former museum director Carol Damian has curated numerous exhibitions for museums & galleries—most recently, Carlos Estévez: Entelechy, Works from 1992 to 2018 at the Tucson Museum of Art. Irina Leyva-Pérez caught up with her there for a chat about Estévez and many other artists, the upcoming Havana Biennial, and the current moment for Cuban art in the international art world.

Cuban Artists, Public Art – Recent Projects and Commissions

This past year has seen some notable public art installations, particularly in the New York area and Southern California. Here’s a quick look at some of the works by (and about) Cuban and Cuban American artists that debuted in 2018–2019.

In Havana, Toirac Receives the Cuban National Art Award

As an artist, José Ángel Toirac is known for critical re-readings of history and how it is constructed through images. This weekend, he was awarded Cuba’s highest honor for a visual artist.

Clockwork (and Real) Ballerinas, Surreal Heads, and a “Femme-Cheval”: The Spring Season Begins

The first shows of the new season include a panoramic look at the art of Carlos Estévez, an exploration of one of Rafael Soriano’s most compelling themes, and an intimately scaled retrospective of Wifredo Lam in a new Manhattan gallery space. Plus abstract art in Miami, an upcoming Zilia Sánchez show in Washington, DC, and the return of “one of the most deliriously beautiful films ever made.”

First Look: The 2019 Havana Biennial

Cuba’s most important art event is once again expected to bring the international art world to Havana. Here’s our first preview of the 13th Havana Biennial—artists, projects, and an expansive leap beyond the capital.