With an introduction by Darren Leek and Bianca Shu and text by Gustavo Valdes, a catalog accompanying the Cuban born artist Ernesto Briel exhibit at Sotheby's S2 gallery London (Nov 2017-Jan 2018) was published. Born in 1943, Ernesto Briel found inspiration in Optical Art and became the most representative artist of the genre in the post revolutionary Cuba further developing a unique style and iconography in New York in the 1980's exhibiting along with Carmen Herrera among many. This exhibit follows years of arduous commitment from the Ernesto Briel estate and the collaborative research efforts of Francisco Arevalo along with the curatorial input of the S2 Gallery team in London.
Wifredo Arcay. Cuban Structures
With an introduction by Abigail McEwen (University of Maryland), Mayor Gallery London published an exhibition catalog on the occasion of the first UK exhibit of the Cuban artist Wifredo Arcay. With images of his studio work and illustrations of his artworks from his Concretism period and a copy of a poem by Hans Arp dedicated to Arcay this catalog illustrates the most prolific period of this artist in his career. This exhibit was made in collaboration with Francisco Arevalo (2015).
Concrete Cuba: Cuban Geometric Abstraction from the 1950s
Text by Abigail McEwen. Interview with Pedro de Oraá by Lucas Zwirner. Illustrated chronology by Susanna Temkin.
Radical political shifts that raged throughout Cuba in the 1950s coincided with the development of Cuban geometric abstraction and, notably, the formation of Los Diez Pintores Concretos (Ten Concrete Painters). The decade was marked by widespread turmoil and corruption following the 1952 military coup and by rising nationalist sentiments. At the same time, Havana was undergoing rapid urbanization and quickly becoming an international city. Against this vibrant backdrop, artists sought a new visual language in which art, specifically abstract art, could function as political and social practice. This was a collaborative project with Francisco Arevalo (2016).
The paris Review No 219. Winter 2016
With a beautiful cover with Mario Carreño's Abstract Composition from his Concrete Period in Havana (c 1950's) previously exhibited at David Zwirner's exhibit Concrete Cuba in a collaborative project with Francisco Arevalo, The winter Edition of The Paris Review warmed literary and artistic thoughts with its content: Claudia Rankine on the Art of Poetry: “I don’t trust the authenticity of any given moment by itself.” Alasdair Gray on the Art of Fiction: “I think social justice is necessary for everybody.”New fiction by Tom Bissell, Amparo Dávila, Alexander Kluge, and Christine Lincoln.Poems by Cyrus Console, Tadeusz Dabrowski, Timothy Donnelly, Stephen Dunn, Tony Hoagland, Fanny Howe, Sarah Manguso, and Frederick Seidel.AThe lost interview with Albert Murray and a portfolio of work by Alice Neel, curated by Hilton Als.
Beautifully designed under the strict supervision of its editor Osbel Suarez, this book is devoted to the work of the Brazilian artist Jose de Souza Oliveira Filho, known as Macaparana. Featuring essays on the philosophy and manifesto of Macaparana’s oeuvre and life, his humble beginnings, his fraternal friendship with Willys de Castro and Hércules Barsotti, and his insertion in and relationship with the Brazilian art scene. The book includes a detailed chronology, craftsmanship, and excellent images. Published by Osbel Suárez, 2016. Texts by Osbel Suárez and Ferreira Gullar.
Geometric Abstraction in Latin America. Art Nexus Publications
This book groups an anthological selection of texts on geometric abstraction, published in Arte en Colombia/ArtNexus magazine since its inception during the 1970´s. The 1950´s represented a key moment for the Constructivist and Concrete Movements in Latin America, which were a starting point for generating an important production that influenced other related fields such as contemporary architecture and design. This publication found funding through Francisco Arevalo Art Projects.