Gallery Talk: Making Connections: Contemporary Cuban Printmakers

November 22, Sunday, 2-3pm Gallery talk with artist/collector Steven Daiber: Collaboration with Cuban Print Studios

Join me for a slide show and ephemera

Chasing Dreams

Laconia Gallery and the Boston Printmakers present Making Connections: Contemporary Cuban Printmakers from October 2 through November 22, 2009 at the Laconia Gallery in Boston’s South End. Curated by Candy Nartonis and Marjorie Javan, the exhibit includes etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, linocuts, digital prints, and books from 93 Cuban artists. Although a few of these artists now call the United States home, most live in Cuba. Making Connections includes work by such internationally known names as Belkis Ayon, Yamilys Brito, Carlos Esteves, Manuel Mendive, Ibrahim Miranda, and Sandra Ramos, as well as artists better known in Cuba. Also featured are Boston artists Magdelena Campos-Pons and Francisco Mendez-Diaz.

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Travel and business restrictions, along with financial restrains, have meant that few Cuban artists have had shows in New England. There is new interest in Cuban art, as evidenced by an exhibition of Cuban books at the Grolier Club in New York earlier this year and an exhibition of selected Latin American artists at Philadelphia’s Center for Contemporary Printmaking this fall. Because of the embargo, this exhibition introduces Cuban prints from collections already in the United States. Special thanks to lenders Phyllis Ewen, Catherine Merrill, the Massachusetts College of Art, Catherine Kiernan, Janna Longacre, Annie Silverman, Maria Lopez and Stephen Mendich, and Steven Daiber and Jacqueline Hayden.

Cuban artists do not specialize in one media but typically work across several to produce paintings, sculpture, ceramics, installations, prints, and other multi-media presentations. In that sense, this show introduces Boston to just one facet of these fine artists.

Making Connections continues the Boston Printmakers tradition of sponsoring international exhibitions that celebrate the universal language of the fine art print and the collaborative spirit of printmakers. It is part of a continuing effort to bring artists from different cultures together and to expose their work to an American audience. In addition to mounting exhibitions, the Boston Printmakers has taken American printmakers to China and Vietnam for workshops, exhibitions, and exchanges, and plans a similar exchange to Mexico in 2010.  The organization has also brought printmakers from Canada, Iceland, China, and Vietnam to the US. This exhibition is the first of what is hoped are many exchanges with fellow artists in Latin America.

Laconia Gallery
433 Harrison Ave., Boston

3-4pm, Closing party: drinks & tapas
Gallery hours: Thursday-Sunday, 12-4pm
First Fridays, 5:30-8pm

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