monitor piece on cuban art
Post #585 • July 20, 2005, 4:36 PM • 65 Comments
Diana Morrero for the Christian Science Monitor: Idealists once, these artists took different paths.
["Unfinished Work of a Mechanical Painter" by Rogelio Lopez] was an act of protest fitting for Volume One, a controversial exhibition in 1981 that placed 11 young artists on the map, set the course for contemporary Cuban art, and created an identity for a new generation of artists. ... It was called Volume One because they planned to organize other group exhibitions, but that never happened. The friends soon scattered across the globe, entering a competitive art market that, along with distance, strained relationships. Few still speak to one another today. But now, one of the 11, Leandro Soto, has a tantalizing idea: organize a long-overdue sequel. A reunion won't be easy.
This short article did a thorough job covering the history of this group and interviews a few Miami art world eminences, including Ruben Torres Llorca and Ramón Cernuda. Worth considering is Cernuda's comment, "Artists who live inside Cuba are paying a very high price for not properly connecting with the international art market," opposite the reporter's observation that "All [of the Volume One artists] continue to work as artists except Perez Monzón, who stopped after becoming disillusioned with the art business during trips outside communist Cuba." I wonder if opposite sensibilities ecnountered the same phenomenon, and one dove in while the other recoiled.