Our recent chat with curator Cristina Vives about the increased international interest in Belkis Ayón reminded us of the important role that printmaking has played in contemporary Cuban art. We asked Steven Daiber—director of the US-based print organization Red Trillium Press and a longtime friend of the Cuban printmaking community—for a report on his most recent trip to the island.
Loló Soldevilla was in her late 40s when she began experimenting with abstract art. Over the next two decades, her work would continue to break new ground in contemporary Cuban art. In Chelsea, curator Rafael DiazCasas talks about “Constructing Her Universe: Loló Soldevilla.”
At Estudio Figueroa-Vives and the Norwegian Embassy in Vedado, the exhibition "Towers and Tombs" pairs previously unseen work by Belkis Ayón with never-exhibited photographs of New York in days after the attack. Curator Cristina Vives previews the show in a conversation with Cuban Art News.
In “Interior Museums,” Carlos Garaicoa, René Francisco, and four other acclaimed artists reflect on Cuba and Cuban identity, while “Island of Sugar” explores the impact of one industry on the island’s history and culture. At the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, curator Corina Matamoros guides us through the exhibitions.
Since the 1990s, Cristina Vives has been known for her curatorial work and books on contemporary Cuban art—most recently, as curator of Nkame, the acclaimed Belkis Ayón retrospective that has been touring US museums since 2016. In Havana, she is also known for the exhibitions presented by the private art space Estudio Figueroa-Vives, in collaboration with the Norwegian Embassy next door. Over coffee, Vives talked with Cuban Art News about recent projects and the current art scene in Havana.