Late last month, Beijing’s famed 798 Art District welcomed the work of contemporary Cuban artists in a rare exhibition of art from the island. Cuba Avant-Garde marks the 50th anniversary of Cuban-Chinese relations with dozens of works ranging from painting and sculpture to photography, video, and installation art.
This week, we round up exhibitions by José A. Figueroa, Carlos Estévez, Carlos Garaicoa, and Abel Barroso, held in Los Angeles, Madrid, and Havana, respectively. Despite the ongoing global crisis, the Cuban art factory is going strong.
An exhibition of new and recent work by artists Flora Fong and Li Domínguez Fong opens tomorrow evening, September 3, at Cernuda Arte in Coral Gables, Florida. The two artists will travel from Havana for the exhibition opening. Dramatically different in style, their work will be exhibited for the first time in a double show.
La enmienda que hay en mí (Making Amends), an exhibition of works by internationally acclaimed Cuban artist Carlos Garaicoa, opened last night (August 23) at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa. On view: “The Crown Jewels,” the cut-paper metropolis “Bend City,” and other recent installations, sculptures, and manipulated photographs.
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.