There are Cuba-themed exhibitions around the country. Here are some highlights:
5.“Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic”. This traveling exhibit features more than 90 paintings, pastels and drawings of the acclaimed painter Soriano, who emigrated to the United States after the Revolution. It begins with the “Cuban geometric abstract style” of his youth in the 1940s and ’50s, moves to his experimental phase in the 1960s and ’70s, and his period thereafter, when he realized he would never return to his homeland.
MIAMI — In the early 1960s, Rafael Soriano received a spiritual revelation — a divine intervention — in a dream. The painter was napping, explains his daughter, Hortensia, in an interview for the New York Times, and he “felt himself levitate above his bed.” Then, says Hortensia, a figure appeared and spoke to Soriano: “‘Rafael, where do you want to go?’ He said he wanted to go see his little house back in Matanzas.” The figure brought Soriano to Matanzas, where a herd of wild horses galloped down a hill, threatening to trample everything in their path. Soriano knew then that he, like Thomas Wolfe, couldn’t go home again. Still, upon waking, he arose out of a years-long creative blockage and began to paint.
From a look at artist’s studios at the ICA and Dara Friedman’s intimate films at Pamm, to Michele Oka Doner’s underwater explorations at the Lowe and the mystical artist Rafael Soriano at the Frost
4th December 2017 04:09 GMT
Jordana Pomeroy,Hortensia Soriano & Daniel Perron at the opening of “Rafael Soriano – The Artist as Mystic” at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU. Photo by World Red Eye/Andrew Stankus.
MIAMI, FLA.- Miamians flocked to the opening at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University for Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic, the unprecedented retrospective of the Cuban Master Rafael Soriano featuring more than ninety of his paintings and drawings (kicking off Miami’s Art Basel season, on view through Jan. 28).
Posted by Morgan Benoit in FIU News
Art Basel season is almost here, and FIU’s Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum has a lineup that will draw the international art community to campus.
Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic
Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic is a celebration of coming home and a family reunion. The exhibition is an unprecedented retrospective of Cuban-born Rafael Soriano, an acclaimed master of geometric abstraction and a global figure in the twentieth-century art world. It features more than 90 paintings, drawings and pastels.
At the Frost Art Museum, Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic (through Jan. 28) offers an examination of the Cuban painter’s work (and life) and his role as a water of geometric abstraction via more than 90 paintings, pastels and drawings from various institutions and private collections. Florida International University, 10975 S.W. 17th St., Miami, 305-348-2890, thefrost.fiu.edu
October 23, 2017
Cuban painter Rafael Soriano (1920–2015) was a master of geometric abstraction; his work resonated with international artists of Latin American like Roberto Matta, Rufino Tamayo, and Wifredo Lam. As a result of the Revolution in Cuba, in 1962 Soriano immigrated to the United States. An unprecedented examination of his life’s work, this exhibition focuses on the multiple influences that nurtured a style where, in his words, “the intimate and the cosmic converge.”
Virtual Tour at the McMullen Museum at Boston College in the Daley Family and Monan Galleries
January 30–June 4, 2017
By ASIA MORRIS, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
Danzarines (Dancers), 1969. Photos of Rafael Soriano’s work courtesy of the LBMA.
The nearly 100 drawings, paintings and pastels currently displayed at the Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA) tell the strikingly beautiful story of an abstract artist uprooted, Rafael Soriano (1920-2015), who left his native home of Cuba in search of artistic freedom.
Rafael Soriano, “Interior” (1953) (Courtesy of the Long Beach Museum of Art)
JUNE 27,2017 – In light of the Long Beach Museum of Art’s exhibition, Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic, the museum is hosting a panel discussion on July 2 that will focus on the Cuban avant-garde.
In 1962, Rafael Soriano fled his native Cuba for Miami. He had been among the leading avant-garde artists in Cuba — a superb colorist, a painter of geometric abstractions.
“Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic” This is a comprehensive retrospective on the work of the Cuban-born painter. It also highlights a bilingual catalog of essays written by scholars on the effect of the Cuban Revolution on Soriano’s most influential work.
Luciérnaga (Firefly), 1955, oil on canvas 33 x 50″, Rafael Soriano Family Collection.
BOSTON, MASS.- An unprecedented retrospective on works of a highly acclaimed exiled painter is crossing the United States. Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic, is currently featured at The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College. Following its debut at The McMullen (through June 4, 2017), the exhibition will travel to the Long Beach Museum of Art (June 29–October 1, 2017) and the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami (October 28, 2017–January 28, 2018). From there, a selection of the exhibition has been approved for display at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Havana, Cuba, representing a real socio-political break-through.
By Keith Powers, Daily News Correspondent
BOSTON – Artists forced into exile often struggle with dual identities. They can find it hard, as well, to cultivate an audience, living and working in multiple worlds…