The first is­sue of the year

Art On Cuba - - In This Issue - Llilian Llanes & Deb­o­rah de la Paz

We are for­tu­nately ar­riv­ing to the fourth year of the pub­li­ca­tion of Art OnCuba, in an at­tempt to break with that short-life curse that tra­di­tion has im­posed on mag­a­zines about Cuban art. We are not mak­ing prom­ises for this year be­cause, in­stead prom­ises, we pre­fer to cor­re­spond with facts the fa­vor ex­tended to us by our read­ers. We merely tell you that we will con­tinue do­ing every­thing in our reach for the mag­a­zine to give an ac­count of Cuban artis­tic cur­rent events wher­ever its pro­tag­o­nists are, al­ways pay­ing at­ten­tion to the mem­ory of all that has made the is­land’s art grow through­out his­tory. In the same way, from our pages we will con­tinue mak­ing vis­i­ble new sig­na­tures of cre­ators as well as of the spe­cial­ized crit­i­cism, where it seems that the ob­ses­sion that has spread in the me­dia to write about art us­ing an in­scrutable lan­guage is be­ing left be­hind.

As on other oc­ca­sions, Art OnCuba high­lights the grant­ing of the Na­tional Vis­ual Arts Award, wait­ing for this dis­tinc­tion to come out of the re­duced space of the na­tive soil and to take into ac­count the artists of the same stature who have con­tin­ued their ca­reer in other parts of the world. We have wanted to get to­gether the Elo­gio a Fors with texts about some young artists cur­rently work­ing based on a re­la­tion­ship with the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, mul­ti­ply­ing the views about this sub­ject and ex­plor­ing in­creas­ingly more ex­per­i­men­tal lan­guages.

Sev­eral ex­hi­bi­tions, per­sonal as well as col­lec­tive, of young peo­ple who have started show­ing their tal­ent and of artists who form part of pre­ced­ing gen­er­a­tions, caught our at­ten­tion. In that con­text we are pleased to high­light the ex­hi­bi­tion of Los Carpin­teros, whose works have been tour­ing Brazil for sev­eral months and who re­cently also had a dis­play in Por­tu­gal in the frame­work of the ac­tiv­i­ties for the des­ig­na­tion of Lis­bon as the Cul­tural Cap­i­tal of Europe in 2017.

With the aim of com­plet­ing the vi­sion we were con­tribut­ing in the pre­vi­ous edi­tion about Cuban pho­tog­ra­phy, we in­clude in this is­sue a text by Cuban pho­tog­ra­phy critic and his­to­rian Grethel Morell, who re­views the never pub­lished ed­i­to­rial project Con su­dor de Mil­lonario, about Cuban de­ceased pho­tog­ra­phers Rigob­erto Romero and Leovig­ildo González.

Morell ex­ten­sively ex­plores the pe­riod, presents her con­sid­er­a­tions about the trends of doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­phy and deals with the sub­ject of the su­gar har­vest in the pho­to­graphic im­agery of the is­land.

Lastly, we did not want to open a new year of the mag­a­zine with­out ex­tend­ing our­selves on what hap­pened in 2016 with Cuban art with re­gard to the mar­ket, plac­ing spe­cial em­pha­sis on the re­sults of the win­ter auc­tions in Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips. It’s in­ter­est­ing to fol­low the trail of this sub­ject that is in­creas­ingly out­lin­ing cer­tain con­tra­dic­tions be­tween pub­lic and pri­vate sales of works of art from the is­land.

OnCuba is cel­e­brat­ing five years, Art OnCuba four. So let’s cel­e­brate.

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