The eighth edition of the Havana Auction doesn’t come down to solely a commercial proposal. This year it provides pleasant surprises and is conceived as a wide-ranging event referred to as Art in Cuba.
For the first time are offered 25 lots of decorative Arts composed of different objects and signatures recognized in the market of this specialty, exhibited in the Sancti Spíritus hall of Cuba’s Hotel Nacional. The 45 lots of Cuban art bring together 35 artists of different generations in expressions of painting, sculpture, drawing and photography.
Standing out on this occasion is the presence of artists from the Cuban avant-garde such as Mariano Rodríguez, René Portocarrero, Víctor Manuel,José M. Mijares and Mario Carreño, this last with great results in recent international auctions for the prices of his works. Television aerials (1950), in oil on masonite, authenticated by his widow Ida González de Carreño, figures among the lots that are offered in Havana.
Another revelation of this bid is the debut in auctions by essential creators of national plastic arts such as Esteban Chartrand (19th century), Loló Soldevilla and Teodoro Ramos Blanco.
Contemporary art is represented with pieces by Roberto Fabelo, Yoan Capote,Roberto Diago, Manuel Mendive, Moisés Finalé, Carlos Quintana, Esterio Segura, René Peña, Adonis Flores, Cirenaica Moreira, among others. A special section is dedicated to a small group of artists from the decade of the 1980s, in which is included Juan Francisco Elso Padilla, Tomas Esson, Leandro Soto, Segundo Planes and Humberto Castro.
All commercial galleries of the capital have arranged in their spaces works selected according to the importance of this program. The annual meeting of Havana Auction, organized with collectors, artists, dealers and admirers of national plastic artists, is also a meeting with Cuban art and its protagonists.
The five days, that present a meticulous and attractive selection of works from the avant-garde to the contemporary period, culminates with the usual vocal Auction, on November 11th. The program includes dialogue with artists in their own workshops and theoretical meetings among art promoters and sessions for debate.
The Cuban Fund of Cultural Goods presents, in its spaces Collage Habana, Orígenes, 23 y 12 and Galería Galiano, an important selection of contemporary artists from the capital and from other provinces. As for Galería Habana, it exhibits a sample from its catalog, which serves as collateral support for viewing works included in the auction.
The Genesis company is showing in the downtown La Acacia gallery an important selection of avant-garde and academy works in the exposition Laderas. La Casona, as the core promoter of the most contemporary Cuban art, exhibits throughout their spaces a selection of planimetric and tridimensional works called Cronos.
Standing out are photographic works, executed from the decade of the 1980s up to the present time.
The Servando gallery, the only place reserved for an individual exhibition, welcomes the well-known Cuban creator Raúl Cordero. The exhibition, entitled Hendrikje, displays his most recent work.
(Courtesy of CubaNow. Translated by Susana Hurlich)