7/6/24

Luis Carlos Sandoval Cancino: Humanitarian Realism and Colombian Avant-Garde

 


Luis Carlos Sandoval Cancino is a Colombian painter and cultural manager who has left an indelible mark on the artistic landscape. From a young age, Sandoval Cancino showed a remarkable inclination for the arts, excelling in school competitions that allowed him to define and perfect his style. His work reflects his ability to integrate realism and abstractionism, standing out for his technical and conceptual evolution.

6/10/24

Luzia Moraes was "Godmother" of Arraiá Festicongas 2024. Absolute success!

Luzia Moraes y Leda Ferreira

Last Thursday (06), “Arraiá Festicongas 2024” took place at Ceremonial Villa Prime, located on Orla da Ribeira, in Salvador, Bahia.

The public had the chance to participate throughout the day in enriching lectures, show classes taught by renowned professionals, specialized courses and visits to company stands that will provide unique gastronomic experiences.

6/5/24

 WHITES ART GALLERY MIAMI


Call for Artists


11 am - 6 pm | Saturday, May 13... Happy to participate in Fountainhead Artists Open, a county-wide initiative spearheaded by Fountainhead Arts encouraging artists to invite the public into their studio, behind-the-scenes, where there are no limits to creativity and experience where art happens. I look forward to welcoming you!



WHITE'S ART GALLERY /ART STUDIO
in the Bird Road Art District
Al Blanco
7428 NW 42 ST
Miami 33155
786.406.0650
BLANCO5000@GMAIL.COM



5/29/24

 “Concerts in the Art Studio”, a new musical reference from Spain

Concerts in the Art Studio 



Program focused on the dissemination of concerts internationally that began a few days ago in Córdoba

Made by BSN productions and with the Córdoban musician Paco Marín as sound manager, the program, with voice and live music, aims to be a new tool for the promotion, support and dissemination of music, not only of what is already established and consolidated but also the presentation of new talents or values.

With a unique and attractive format, the concert program takes place in the studio of the visual artist Francis Arroyo Ceballos, thus combining music and art.

Music of any style since the organizers want plurality for the program, as there is in our society.

 Conceived as a YouTube channel as the main engine of expansion, @ConcertsintheArtStudio, in a few months it has spread to other social networks and is broadcast on various cultural TV channels and television platforms such as the well-known Tivify.


Among other groups and soloists, Little Joe and The Runners, Basalto, La Lola and El Juan a Marte y a Venus, The Zeros on Left, Paula López, Rafa Bocero, Ana Jiménez, Emisauros, Álvaro Guerrero, Laura Bautista have appeared on the program , David Blue and Gladys Rocking.

A few days ago “Concerts in the Art Studio” has been referenced and broadcast on Radio Frecuence Paris Prurielle ffpp.net 106.3 FM in the program “Aqui Somos, Aqui Somos” directed by Juanito Guanabacoa.

Image (from left to right): Francis Arroyo- Gladys Hidalgo-Gato (Voice and Production Coach)-José Manuel Rosario (BSNProducciones)-Paco Marín (Sound).




 

 

 



5/14/24

Ernst Kraft: Every splash of paint is a statement


Ernst Kraft in his studio in Malaga, Spain



Ernst Kraft, Dutch artist, based in Malaga, born in 1952. He follows practical studies of fine arts with the artist Jacques von Pell. In 1979 he starts his own studio in Amsterdam. In 1989, he moves to Malaga, Spain. Painting, installations, and sculptural constructions are his main disciplines

 

How would you describe your painting to somebody who has never seen it?

To describe something unseen I can't avoid labels, but they never cover the whole load. Here they are: abstract, expressionistic, dramatic, gestural.

In my work I use contrasts. Unpolished heavy lines and a drawing of filigrees move on rough surfaces and semi-transparent fields. The drama arises from their interaction.

Painting is using my hands, I like that. Every brushstroke is the result of muscles, controlled by my state of mind. Every splash of paint is a statement.

I hardly ever sit when in my studio. I paint standing, I walk around, move away from the canvas and I come closer again. I work on a wall easel, on the ground, or on trestles. I need to approach the canvas from all sides. It's like a warfare strategy. As in any battle I move cautiously sometimes, and at other times I make a bold savage attack.

Yet the finished work does not show the fight of its origin. It shows the grief and solitude that the struggle has left behind.

I also work a lot on paper. It is vulnerable, it requires a different mood. The paper wants to be caressed. Like a masseur, I rub the pigments with wax into the pores of the paper. The drawing is softer, more melancholic. I like the humble charcoal. I draw and erase, draw again and erase, creating a natural depth and chiaroscuro that only charcoal can yield.

 

How and by what are you inspired? How do you start a painting?

 

There isn't any muse whispering in my ears. Creating is the result of a state of mind, of unrest, fears, dreams and frustrations. Art is sublimation. Inspiration is a false myth, it is handing over your responsibility.I stretch the canvas and leave it there, we challenge each other while I do other things. That can take days. Now and then I touch the linen, the woodwork. There comes a morning that I feel before I even open the studio door: today. I don't think about anything, I only see the white. I am empty, as the new canvas itself, when I begin. I want to be surprised. Perhaps God felt the same way when he created heaven and earth.



Monument to the Unknown Migrant




An important aspect of your work concerns installations. Can you list a few, and where can we see them?

 

An example is not far away. Last year, in Tijuana, I built a sculptural construction, Monument for the Unknown Migrant for the art Triennial, which can be called very site-specific in terms of theme. A block-shaped fence, crowned with razor wire. In León, Guanajuato, also in Mexico, I made a labyrinth for the Alzheimer Foundation. A natural intervention of a maze of cobblestones. In the center I planted a walnut tree so that the walnuts would cover the paths like little brains, given their shape. A metaphor for the disease in which we lose ourselves in the maze of our brain.

Further afield, in Argentina, I made another construction, just restored this year, The House with the two Chimneys, a reference to duality. One house, two expressions, as Dr Jackel and Mr Hyde.


In Ostend, Belgium, I built a cube of 6.50 x 6.50 x 6.50 feet of reinforced concrete mesh, with five internal cubes. The iron lattice is very graphic, the density of the line changes with angle of view. Unfortunately, this is no longer visible to the public as it is part of a private collection.









4/17/24

Art from the Heart


Art from the Heart



Saturday, 04/20/2024-, 06:00 pm-09:00 pm

Miami Design District Paradise Plaza
151 NE 41 Street #3547,
Miami, Florida, 33137


Website
Cost: $80

This exciting event will take place at the Paradise Plaza in the Miami Design District on Saturday, April 20th, 2024 at 6:00PM – 9:00PM. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided throughout the evening as well live entertainment. All proceeds will go towards building a better tomorrow for children healing from abuse, neglect, and abandonment.




3/4/24

 THE MIAMI BUSINESS SHOW 2024


The Miami Business Show



6th & 7th of March 2024 – Miami Beach Convention Center

The world’s largest business show is back for 2024, expanding into the US and arriving at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The 2024 edition takes place on the 6th & 7th of March and is set to be an unmissable event with 300 exhibitors, live panel debates, speed networking and over 150 seminars and interactive masterclasses covering everything you need to know to start or grow your business!

Hear from experts from some of the biggest companies in the world who will be offering you the best tips, tricks, and advice to get yourself off the ground and running a profitable business. The Business Show hosts keynotes from thriving entrepreneurs and industry giants; you won’t get this experience anywhere else. This year, Netflix’s star of Selling Sunset and Realtor, Maya Vander, keynotes and shares her success story. You can also expect to attend sessions hosted by experts at Google, IBM, and PepsiCo. Make the most of this incredible opportunity to find out first-hand how to drive your organisation’s growth. The insightful seminars also cover a range of topics and industries so you will no doubt find something of relevance to your career goals and needs.

Spanning two days, The Business Show is a buzzing hub with an electric and entrepreneurial atmosphere. The event provides you with a wealth of information, contacts, and resources. You won’t find the same opportunities for your business anywhere else, so make sure you get involved, meet the exhibitors, listen to the speakers, build relationships with fellow entrepreneurs, and revolutionise the way you do business!

There is also a series of interactive masterclasses taking place at the Miami event from such organisations as The Leadership & Growth Hub, DREAMS Business Resources, Circle Strategies, and Kevin Anderson & Associates. You can access all of them for free with your ticket, you just need to ensure that you sign up for your spot on the website. This will provide participants with an incredible opportunity to hear from experts about industry insights in a close-quarters environment.

At The Leadership & Growth Hub masterclass, you will find a sanctuary for visionaries committed to innovation and accelerating their business growth. The DREAMS Business Resources masterclass will help you with your business finances, saving you time and money while also eliminating risks. The Circle Strategies sessions will help you become a balanced leader and manage your relationships, health, hobbies, and business growth. Finally, the Kevin Anderson & Associates masterclass will help you learn insider secrets and powerful strategies to boost visibility, authority, and brand recognition. You won’t want to miss out on these incredibly insightful sessions. Sign up today to avoid disappointment!







One of the most popular show features across the globe is the speed networking area. This is a corporate take on speed dating where you can have one-minute mini-meetings with a partner. This is a chance to practice and perfect your elevator pitch. After one minute, your time is up and you move on to the next partner. Offering you a great opportunity to form lucrative new business connections and grow your contact list, you can sign up for masterclasses via the event website.

When you visit The Business Show, your free ticket also gives you access to co-located shows The B2B Marketing Expo, The Sales Innovation Expo, and Going Global Live. The B2B Marketing Expo is the leading event for marketing solutions and innovation, providing business, sales, and marketing professionals with everything they need to thrive.Going Global Live helps you to expand your business, set up overseas operations, and make your brand a world-renowned name.

 

 

 



2/15/24

2024 NEA Big Read Miami Kickoff: Miami Book Fair Office Hours at Open House Miami


Big Red Miami


Experience Miami Dade College’s Cultural Affairs like never before. Start your evening with a short film presented by the Miami Film Festival before stepping into Miami Book Fair’s “Office Hours,” where you’ll be able to request a poem on demand, contribute to a group poem project yourself, and more. Continue your evening with a tour of the historic landmark Koubek Mansion, presented by the Museum of Art and Design (MOAD) and led by Miami historian Casey Piket. Then get ready to party! The Koubek Center will present an Afro-Cuban dance class which you’re invited to observe, but for the extroverts, Live Arts Miami will be hosting a rumba class, and you’ll have the opportunity to get in on the action.

Open House Miami unlocks the stories, design, architecture, and experiences that define our vibrant city – all free and open to the public! “Miami Book Fair Office Hours” showcases a sample of  the resources and programs we have to offer. Attendees can ask an oracle for astrological book recommendations, request a personalized typewritten poem on demand, add a line to an interactive “exquisite corpse” poem, take a selfie with a beloved children’s book character, and receive a free copy of this year’s featured NEA Big Read Miami title, the novel CIRCE by MADELINE MILLER, an epic adaptation of the ancient Greek enchantress who crosses paths with Zeuss, Odysseus, the Minotaur, and more. 






1/9/24

2024 Local Author Book Fair

Celebrating & Supporting Our Literary Community



Local Author Miami



Join us to meet and connect with 50+ local authors shaping Miami-Dade County's thriving literary culture. Enjoy presentations and workshops by bestselling authors, poetry readings and conversations, a panel discussion, illustrator workshops with a Marvel & DC Comics artist, Zine making, character appearances & photo ops, live music, face painting and more! A free event for all ages. For more information contact 305-375-2665 or Hinzes@mdpls.org.


To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any accommodation to participate in any Miami-Dade Public Library System sponsored program or meeting, please call Monica Martinez at 305-375-5094 or email programs@mdpls.org five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).


For the 2024 Local Author Book Fair schedule of events and a list of participating authors, please visit www.mdpls.org/author-fair

Parking Information:

Miami-Dade Cultural Center Garage

50 NW 2nd Avenue
MIAMI, FL 33128

(Exit on 2nd floor elevator- South side)

$5.00 validated parking at the Main Library. Parking ticket is validated in the lobby at the Security Desk.








12/22/23

Consuelo Hernández, Spanish figurative painter


Consuelo Hernandez



Consuelo Hernández is a Spanish figurative painter in the Realism movement, considered among the most relevant contemporary Spanish plastic artists. Born in Tornavacas (Cáceres). With residence in Madrid.

                                                                              

The career and work of Consuelo Hernández appear in numerous catalogues, books, dictionaries and encyclopedias of Art as well as her exhibitions.

The art critic José María Bermejo wrote these words in the newspaper "Hoy" of Extremadura (1979): ...The pictorial work of Consuelo Hernández is a work in perpetual restart, like Valéry's sea, because the artist is a mixture of instinctive child with severe self-censorship... One advances through infinite returns... That precocious girl who - encouraged by her father - drew, with trembling wonder, the lively rural surroundings of Tornavacas, gave way to the sensitive adolescent who observed and captured the charm of the old golden streets of Cáceres or copied the great Spanish masters with enamored tenacity...

Themes of special predilection cultivated by the painter: the portrait and the urban landscape, with a special interest in architecture, an expression of its surroundings. This is how the painter herself expresses it: ...The cyclical sunset in a park; the paradise of cherry blossom fields; the mass of anonymous people who populate the subway platforms of a big city; some simple flowers... beings and objects from the small world in which I live and that, recreated on the canvas, come to configure that other universe of my own, designed in my own way, capable of expressing an alleged encounter between reality and dream...

The friendship with the Madrid group of student artists of Antonio López and the admiration for the work of this great master of Spanish Realism definitively configure the realistic and personal style that Consuelo Hernández arrives at, a style to which she has remained faithful since the 1980s. 80s to the present.

Consuelo Hernández's work has been exhibited at international art fairs and festivals, in Chicago, Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris, Shanghai, The Hague, Madrid. Also in the halls of the Cervantes Institute in Tangier, Rabat, Casablanca, Fez and Tetouan (Morocco). In 2012, she participated, as a selected and invited artist, in the international Present'Art Festival in Shanghai, which was exhibited in different museums in the city. In 2013 he exhibited in Beijing and Shenzhen (China) at the Bridge Gallery.


Consuelo Hernandez - Art Work



In 2018 the art critic Antonio Calderón de Jesús wrote:

..Her relevance as a painter is leading her to be one of the Spanish artists with the greatest international projection, due to her great acting skills. ...What is interesting about her work is her perseverance in keeping in mind the most transcendental of the Art of Romanticism combined with the most evolved of current Art, on whose schemes the creative line of this artist is based...”

Her work is part of private collections in Morocco, Spain, China, France, Italy, the United States, Switzerland, and public institutions in Spain and other countries. Significant recognitions and awards: Institution Forum Europe 201: Gold medal in 2016. Biennial Prize of Genoa 2017. Included in the book "Illustrious Extremadurans" in 2014. In 2017: "Illustrious Women of Extremadura". 2018: INTERNATIONAL PRIZE CARAVAGGIO, Milan (Italy). 2019: INTERNATIONAL PRIZE BOTTICELLI Florence (Italy); 2019: INTERNATIONAL PRIZE ARTIST Of The Year 2019. 2019: Silver Medal, Royal Academy ARTS-SCIENCES-LETTRES of Paris. (Sponsorship of the French Ministry of Culture) 2020: INTERNATIONAL PRIZE LEONARDO DA VINCI, Florence (Italy). 2021: FORBES Magazine: Top 50 AWARDED SPANIARDS: The most awarded Spanish talent in the world.

 





11/3/23

Welcome to Miami Book Fair


Miami Book Fair


NOVEMBER 12-19, 2023


For eight days in November, Miami Book Fair transforms downtown into a literary wonderland, hosting hundreds of critically acclaimed authors in three languages talking politics, pop culture, and all manner of impactful prose. Get smart, buy books, meet authors, and bring the kids too!


Evenings With

Life, love, work, and everything else that weaves its way in between – the intimate author conversations presented by our Evenings With series are where the real talk happens. Here you’ll find award-winning writers and other figures at the forefront of the fast-moving zeitgeist. These hot-ticket sessions are an everlasting draw for a reason.


FLASHBACK: OPENING NIGHT BLOCK PARTY WITH DJ/PRODUCER LOUIE VEGA!

Sunday, November 12, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

Miami Book Fair * Miami Dade College

300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Join us in celebrating the grand kickoff of the 40th Annual Miami Book Fair! The festivities begin with the electrifying “Flashback” Block Party, featuring Bronx native and Grammy Award-winning DJ/producer Louie Vega.

Louie will work his magic, seamlessly blending classics, house, salsa, afro-beat, jazz, hip-hop, gospel, and soul into entirely new beats and rhythms that are uniquely his own. As you groove to the music, indulge your taste buds at the pop-up food and drinks market, Smorgasburg Miami, renowned for its lovingly crafted culinary delights. Come downtown and join the party, as we celebrate 40 years of incredible books, talented writers, and our vibrant literary community. All are welcome, and admission is free. 

Don’t miss this unforgettable evening of literature, music, and culture!





10/3/23

 CUBAN ART



Cuban art is an exceptionally diverse cultural blend of African, South American, European, and North American elements, reflecting the diverse demographic makeup of the island. Cuban artists embraced European modernism, and the early part of the 20th century saw a growth in Cuban avant-garde movements, which were characterized by the mixing of modern artistic genres. Some of the more celebrated 20th-century Cuban artists include Amelia Peláez (1896–1968), best known for a series of mural projects, and painter Wifredo Lam (December 8, 1902 – September 11, 1982), who created a highly personal version of modern primitivism. The Cuban-born painter Federico Beltran Masses (1885–1949), was renowned as a colorist whose seductive portrayals of women sometimes made overt references to the tropical settings of his childhood.

In Centro Habana, a small neighborhood of artists have transformed the walls around them. October 2002

Better known internationally is the work of photographer Alberto Korda, whose photographs following the early days of the Cuban Revolution included a picture of Che Guevara which was to become one of the most recognizable images of the 20th century.

There is a flourishing street art movement influenced by Latin American artists José Guadalupe Posada and the muralist Diego Rivera.

After the Cuban Revolution of 1959, some artists felt it was in their best interests to leave Cuba and produce their art, while others stayed behind, either happy or merely content to be creating art in Cuba, which was sponsored by the government. Because it was state-sponsored, implied censorship occurred, since artists wouldn't want to make art that was against the revolutionary movement as that was the source of their funding. It was during the 1980s in which art began to reflect true uninfluenced expression. The "rebirth" of expression in Cuban art was greatly affected by the emergence of a new generation of Cuban, which did not remember the revolution directly.

In 1981 Cubans saw the introduction of "Volumen Uno", a series of one-man exhibitions featuring contemporary Cuban artists. Three years later, the introduction of the "Havana Bienal" assisted in the further progression of the liberation of art and free speech therein.

In the 1960s the aftermath of the Cuban revolution brought new restrictions, causing an exodus of intellectuals and artists. The new régime required "a practice of culture as ideological propaganda, along with a stereotyped nationalism". Although government policies - driven by limited resources - did narrow artistic expression, they expanded, through education and subsidies, the number of people who could practice art, breaking down barriers through democratization and socialization. The increasing influence of the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s did impact Cuban culture, but the Cuban government did not match the U.S.S.R in its degree of control over the Arts.

Ché poster, 1968, designed by Alfredo Rostgaard, based on a photograph by Alberto Korda. The poster was distributed in OSPAAAL's magazine Tricontinental.

In the 1960s government agencies such as the Commission of Revolutionary Orientation (the publishing division of the Cuban Communist Party, later renamed Editora Politica (EP)) and OSPAAAL began churning out posters for propaganda purposes. Many of these used stereotypically Soviet design features, but even some early samples showed hints of the Cuban flair for colorful and inventive graphic design, and by the late 60s, Cuban graphic art was in its heyday. Though still essentially producing propaganda, artists such as Rene MederosRaul MartinezAlfredo Rostgaard, and Félix Beltran were creating vivid, powerful, and highly distinctive works which had a global influence on graphic design. 






An image commonly used by Cuban graphic designers was "Guerillero Heroica", a photograph of Ché Guevara taken by Alberto Korda (b. Havana, 1928 – d. Paris, 2001). The candid shot of a moody exhausted Guevara, taken in March 1960 at a memorial service for victims of an ammunition ship explosion in Havana Harbor, became one of the world's most iconic images. It was eventually altered and adapted for everything from gum wrappers to a 90 ft. tall commemorative iron sculpture in Havana's Plaza de la Revolución. Korda was a popular fashion photographer who became a devoted revolutionary and close companion of Fidel Castro, taking thousands of shots of Castro's travels and Cuba's transformation.


Cubans remained intent on reinforcing a Cuban identity rooted in its own culture, as exemplified by the work of Grupo Antillano. The simultaneous assimilation or synthesis of the tenets of modern western art and the development of Afro-Cuban art schools and movements created a new Cuban culture. Art proliferated under state programs of sponsorship and employment during this post-revolutionary period; the programs both politicized artistic content and inspired confidence in the people within the framework of Cuba's reinvented nationalism. Nelson Dominguez and Roberto Fabelo went from Abstraction and Neoexpressionism of the 1950s, to immortalizing the proletariat, farmers, workers, and soldiers, while continuing to utilize many of the techniques they learned under the tutelage of Antonia Eiriz Vázquez. By combining nationalism with the politicization of art, artists maintained a level of freedom that continues to inspire innovation.


The Salón de Mayo (May Salon) was an art exhibition held in Havana in July 1967. Organized by Carlos Franqui, it presented works by more than a hundred artists and represented rival schools of twentieth-century art: early modernists (Picasso, Miro, Magritte); the next generation (Lam, Calder, Jacques Hérold, Stanley Hayter); and postwar (Asger JornAntonio Saura, Jorge Soto. It represented the high point of artistic free expression in the decade following the revolution.

 

 

The 1960s and 1970s saw the introduction of conceptual art, shifting emphasis away from craftsmanship to ideas. This often meant the elimination of objects in art production; only ideas were stated or discussed. It required an enhanced level of participation by the patron (interactive participation or a set of instructions to follow). Conceptual art, MinimalismEarth art, and Performance art mingled together to expand the very definition of Art.


By the late 1970s, many of the graduates of the school of the arts in Cuba, "the Facultad de Artes Plasticas of the Instituto Superior de Arte" (founded in 1976) were going to work as schoolteachers, teaching art to young Cubans across the island. This provided a platform for the graduates to teach students about freedom of expression in medium, message, and style of art. It was this new level of experimentation and expression that was to enable the movement of the 1980s.


In Cuba, these new developments were naturally synthesized through the Afro-Cuban sensibility and emerged as The New Art, an art movement widely recognized as distinctly Cuban. Young artists born after the revolution rebelled against modernism and embraced conceptual art, amongst other genres. Many would carry on folkloric traditions and Santeria motifs in their individual expressions while infusing their message with humor and mockery. The art took a qualitative leap by creating international art structured on African views, not from the outside like surrealism but from the inside, alive with the cultural-spiritual complexities of their own existence.

The exhibition Volumen Uno, in 1981, wrenched open the doors for The New Art. Participants, many of whom were still in school, created a typical generational backlash by artists of the previous generation including Alberto Jorge Carol, Nelson Dominguez, and César Leal, who went on the attack against the upstarts. The group, Volumen Uno - made up of Jose BediaLucy LippardAna MendietaRicardo Brey, Leandro Soto, Juan Francisco Elso, Flavio Garciandia, Gustavo Perez Monzon, Rubin Torres Lloret, Gory (Rogelio Lopez Marin), and Tomas Sanchez - presented a "fresh eclectic mix filtered through informalism, pop, minimalism, conceptualism, performance, graffiti and Arte Povera reconfigured and reactivated … to be critically, ethically, and organically Cuban".


This age of artists was dedicated to people who were willing to take risks in their art and truly express themselves, rather than to express things that supported the political movement. While looking at the art of the 1980s we see a trend in the use of the shape of Cuba itself as inspiration for art. One-piece, Immediately Geographic by artist Florencio Gelabert Soto, is a sculpture in the shape of Cuba but is broken into many pieces. One interpretation could reflect the still unequal treatment towards artists, and the repression they were under. A movement that mirrored this artistic piece was underway in which the shape of Cuba became a token in the artwork in a phase known as "tokenization". This artwork often combined the shape of the island of Cuba with other attributes of the nation, such as the flag. By combining the various symbols of Cuba the artists were proudly proclaiming 'this is who we are'. Some art critics and historians however will argue that this was partially due to the isolated nature of the island, and that use of the island in artwork represented a feeling of being alone; as with all art, the intention of the artist can have many interpretations.


By the middle of the 1980s, another group of artists sought a more explicit political responsibility to "revive the mess", "revive the confusion", as Aldo Menendez incorporated into his 1988 installation. Accompanying Menéndez's installation was a note: "As you can see, this work is almost blank. I could only start it due to the lack of materials. Please help me." Here is the Cuban humor, the photo, "perhaps the most quintessentially Cuban expression".


Laughter became the antidote of anarchistic energy for and from the revolution; "one moment an aggressive undertow, then a jester's provocation, pressuring the tensions", wrote Rachel Weiss in To and from Utopia in the New Cuban Art. "The photo is allergic to authority and prestige, the enemy of order in all its manifestations…civil disenchantment, the incredulous and mocking inner nature of the Cuban rises to the surface." The photo, doing away with exactitude, tends to depict the extreme limits of an example. This sardonic Cuban humor has become as ubiquitous in Cuban art as the bright Caribbean colors of its palette. Eduardo PonjuanGlexis Novoa (of the ABTV group), Carlos Rodriguez CardenasCarlos GaraicoaRené Francisco and Enrique Silvestre are exemplars of this sensibility, mixing it with kitsch and harkening back in time while identifying with current Cuban attitudes, liberating art on the eve of the Cuban 'special period', in which the Soviet Union withdrew its financial aid.


In 1990 the Cuban government began programs to stimulate the tourist trade as a means of offsetting the loss of Soviet support. In 1992 the constitution was amended[to allow and protect foreign-owned property, and in 1993 the dollar was permitted to circulate legally. In 1994 a cabinet-level department was created, the Ministry of Tourism, to further enhance tourism, which is Cuba's largest source of income. The initial reaction of the artists, as well as the general population, was withdrawal; "Withdrawal from the public to the private…from the collective to the individual…from the epic to the mundane…from satire to metaphor...Withdrawal from controversy…withdrawal from confrontation". But it was the withdrawal from conceptual to figurative art that defined the change in painting. Due in large measure to the interest of tourists, art took on higher-visibility, as well as returning to a more figurative mode of expression. Art also worked as space where Cubans debated some of the social problems magnified by the "Special Period", as illustrated by the Queloides art project, which deals with issues of race and discrimination.


"Every Cuban is an artist and every home is an art gallery," wrote Rachel Weiss in To and from Utopia in the New Cuban Art.


info: Wikipedia

 





9/23/23

 The “Chaos Theory” at the Caja Rural de Córdoba Foundation



The multidisciplinary creator from Córdoba Arroyo Ceballos presents this “premonitory” series supported by a large audience and several surprises

 

Yesterday, a large audience met at the José Luis García Palacios Cultural Center in the capital of Córdoba, including political representatives and people from culture in general.

The event was presented by María Luisa García-Palacios (Head of Cultural Management of the Foundation), Blanca Torrent (Lieutenant Mayor), and the author himself.

It is the first time that Arroyo fully exhibits his “Chaos Theory” composed of a dozen paintings, six sculptures, a sample of his unique “Esféricas” and an artistic installation, all in his usual mixed technique on ocumen or wood, in symbolic abstract style with predominance or taste for the use of recycled elements.

 

It should be noted that the casually “premonitory” nature of this series, widely mentioned in the media in several countries, comes from the great similarity of some of the works made in 2018 with the structure of the coronavirus, which would disrupt our lives two years later. daily hitting the entire world.

The exhibition also has a photographic installation titled “El Caos y Yo” in which well-known photographers from Córdoba (Toni Blanco, Pepe González Arenas, Oscar Barrionuevo, Rafael Patiño, Juan Gaitán, José Carlos Cabello, Jerónimo Tinoco and José Manuel Rosario) interpret the author-chaos concept.



It should be noted that at this inauguration, a six-minute musical composition with the same title as the exhibition was presented, prepared by Francis and Alberto Arroyo Ceballos.

The large audience was able to attend two flash mobs starring the Córdoba group “Neon SunFlower” and the dance group “Merak”.

Pepe González Arenas has been the author of the advertising poster images and the plastic artist Curro Sujar has been the author of the poster design.

Arroyo Ceballos has a great international career marked by more than one hundred and fifty exhibitions, work in museums and institutions in a dozen countries and more than thirty art and literature books as author or co-author. Named in the country in 2015 as a member of the International Association of Art Critics AICA and in 2022 President of the Andalusian Association for the Promotion of Culture cREA. He currently also directs the Espacio Cultura magazine.

The exhibition will remain open from September 21 to October 19 from Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 


Luis Carlos Sandoval Cancino: Humanitarian Realism and Colombian Avant-Garde

  Luis Carlos Sandoval Cancino is a Colombian painter and cultural manager who has left an indelible mark on the artistic landscape. From a ...