CROSSCURRENTS curated by Carla Funk

CROSSCURRENTS

October 24, 2019

CROSSCURRENTS

Contemporary Selections from the Rodríguez Collection of Cuban Artists 

 

The “crosscurrent” for this show is metaphorically expressed by the art selected from the Rodri­guez Collection in Miami, representing the New Cuban Art movement that arose in the 1980’s. These selections illustrate efforts by the first generation of Cuban artists to grow up after the Revo­lution of 1959 that dared to break from the state-sanctioned ideology promoted by the govern­ment. Ironically, the New Cuban Art of the 1980’s flourished in spite of the increasingly oppressive control of cultural expression on the island. 

 

In 1981, less than a year after the Mariel boatlift, which resulted in a mass exodus of Cubans to the United States, the groundbreaking exhibition Volumen Uno (Volume One) opened at the Centro de Arte Internacional in Havana, a milestone in the history of the visual arts in Cuba, exhibiting work that was authentically Cuban but which also mirrored trends in international artistic movements, a truly pioneering achievement in Cuba at the time. 

 

Three influential artists from Volumen Uno are included in this exhibition: Jose Bedia, Ruben Torres Llorca and Rogelio “Gory” Lopez Marin. The contributions of these artists disrupted the status quo of art production and education on the island, ushering in global importations like Con­ceptualism, Minimalism and Postmodernism. 

 

After Volumen Uno, successive artists banded together to explore new art forms that challenged the state-controlled narrative. In 1984, Grupo Pure (New Wave), which included featured artists Adriano Buergo, Ana Albertina Delgado and Ciro Quintana, was formed to express a critical and judgmental view of society. Arte Calle (Street Art), of which featured artist Pedro Vizcaino was a member, formed in 1986 with the idea of taking art to the street for the people. Audacious fuera de las puertas ( out of doors) happenings and rowdy exhibitions ensued, provoking censorship, most famously by Tomas Esson, and a performance by Angel Delgado that led to his imprisonment. 

 

By the second half of the 1980’s, fearing the anti-communist political trends of increased open­ness, Cuba’s president Fidel Castro announced a period of rectificacion (a redirection or correc­tion) undertaken to put the Revolution on “the correct path.” By 1990, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, Cuba was in a deep socio-economic crisis known as the Periodo especial (Special Period). By 1991, migration from the island was at its peak and the majority of the 1980’s artists had left Cuba. This migration from the island to Miami, Mexico and Spain fostered, nurtured and spread the idea of this Crosscurrent in Cuban art, a style that spans the literal gulf of water that isolates the island but also creates a bridge to bring together a group of exiled artists who formed the New Cuban Art movement. 

 

Now living in the United States, primarily in Florida, these artists continue to push the boundaries of their unique Cuban and exile experience, question the role of art, and influence their fellow art­ists, both at home and abroad. 

 

 

Carla Funk, Executive Director and Chief Curator

Néstor Arenas
Néstor Arenas

Legopainting IV, 2011, oil on canvas 76 x 78.”

Néstor Arenas
Néstor Arenas

Modern Icons N1, 2014, Mixed media on fine art paper, 40” X 26.”

Néstor Arenas
Néstor Arenas

Mc-transformer No 2, 2014, Mixed media on fine art paper, 40” X 26.”

Pedro Ávila Gendis
Pedro Ávila Gendis

Martes de Septiembre, series Sinfonías del Alba, 2018, mixed media on canvas, 74 x 54.”

Pedro Ávila Gendis
Pedro Ávila Gendis

Untitled, series Espacio interior, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 60” x 60.”

Pedro Ávila Gendis
Pedro Ávila Gendis

Untitled, series Espacio interior, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 80” x 60.”

Henry Ballate
Henry Ballate

I’m with her, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 72.”

Henry Ballate
Henry Ballate

Avoir l'apprenti dans le soleil IV, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30"

Henry Ballate
Henry Ballate

Avoir l'apprenti dans le soleil I, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30"

Henry Ballate
Henry Ballate

Avoir l'apprenti dans le soleil II, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30"

Henry Ballate
Henry Ballate

Avoir l'apprenti dans le soleil III, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30"

José Bedia
José Bedia

Nkuyo Campo Nfinda, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 120 ½ x 70.”

José Bedia
José Bedia

Chicomoztoc Let’s talk about the future, 2017, acrylic on canvas 28 x 117”

José Bedia
José Bedia

and destinies were decided at sea, 2017, acrylic on canvas 28 x 117”.

José Bedia
José Bedia

Permanencia de Idolatrias, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 45.”

Adriano Buergo
Adriano Buergo

Rostro Roto, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 42 x 43.”

Consuelo Castañeda
Consuelo Castañeda

Pinochio, 2011, D-Print/Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20” Ed. 11/100

Willy Castellanos
Willy Castellanos

La caída, serie North Bound: Beyond the Blue Wall, 1994, 24x36.”

Willy Castellanos
Willy Castellanos

La regata, serie North Bound: Beyond the Blue Wall, 1994, 24x36.”

Arturo Cuenca
Arturo Cuenca

Ciencia e ideología, 1986. AP-2014, print on canvas, 20 x 40.”

Ana Albertina Delgado
Ana Albertina Delgado

Memory in yellow, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40.”

Ana Albertina Delgado
Ana Albertina Delgado

La danza de un solo pie, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24.”

Ana Albertina Delgado
Ana Albertina Delgado

Treading on my universe, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30.”

Angel Delgado
Angel Delgado

Historias paralelas LXVI, 2008. Límites cotidianos IV, 2011, Color pencil, pen and Cold Cream, 18 x 16.”

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0400418_Angel_Delgado,_Límites_cotidia

Angel Delgado, Historias paralelas LXVI, 2008. Límites cotidianos IV, 2011, Color pencil, pen and Cold Cream, 18 x 16.”

Tamáz Esson
Tamáz Esson

Flag, 2001, oil on canvas, 24 x 36.”

Tomás Esson
Tomás Esson

Wet painting no.12,1997, Oil on Cardboard, 40” x 37.”

Carlos Estévez
Carlos Estévez

Autodescubrimiento, 15” ø. Hand painted ceramic. 2016.

Carlos Estévez
Carlos Estévez

Barkai, 15” ø. Hand painted ceramic. 2016.

Carlos Estévez
Carlos Estévez

The Quest of Life, 15” ø. Hand painted ceramic. 2016.

Carlos Estévez
Carlos Estévez

Pensamiento mágico, 2010, Oil and watercolor pencil on canvas. 32 ½ x 57.”

Carlos Estévez
Carlos Estévez

Non-Stop Journey, 2012, Oil and watercolor pencil on canvas. 38 x 68.”

Ivonne Ferrer
Ivonne Ferrer

El amor de Canova, 2018, Mixed on canvas, 60 x 40”

Ivonne Ferrer
Ivonne Ferrer

El gran colón, 2012, técnica mixta tela, 41 X 36.”

Ivonne Ferrer
Ivonne Ferrer

La imaginación monstruosa de Cragg, 2018, Mixed on canvas, 30 x 40”

Rogelio López Marín (Gory)
Rogelio López Marín (Gory)

series Piscinas 1, 2015, 16 x 24.”

Rogelio López Marín (Gory)
Rogelio López Marín (Gory)

series Piscinas 2, 2015, 16 x 24.”

Rogelio López Marín (Gory)
Rogelio López Marín (Gory)

series Piscinas 3, 2015, 16 x 24.”

Rogelio López Marín (Gory)
Rogelio López Marín (Gory)

series Piscinas 4, 2015, 16 x 24.”

Rogelio López Marín (Gory)
Rogelio López Marín (Gory)

series Piscinas 5, 2015, 16 x 24.”

Foosaner Art Museum

 

The Foosaner Art Museum, 1463 Highland Ave. in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne, features changing exhibitions of nationally and internationally recognized art. The museum also draws from its permanent collection of over 5,000 objects to present exhibitions relevant to the community and revealing of art historical movements.

 

Find out more at https://foosanerartmuseum.org

 

 

 

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CROSSCURRENTS is the companion book to the exhibition featuring dozens of contemporary works from Cuban artists is on display at Florida Tech’s Foosaner Art Museum, presented by The Rodríguez Collection. Now living in the United States, primarily in Florida, these artists continue to push the boundaries of their unique Cuban and exile experience, question the role of art, and influence their fellow art­ists, both at home and abroad.

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