Arte por Excelencias magazine’s 13th issue is going to be launched on February 15, at 4:00 pm, at Havana’s Spanish-American Culture Center (Casa de las Cariatides, Malecon, near the corner of Prado). Architect Mario Coyula will be the keynote speaker.
The three-year experience backs up the young visual arts magazine. This issue inaugurates a new course, as it opens other perspectives on the editorial and commercial spheres which will take us to more internationally relevant positions, due to the value of its content and changes in terms of its image and formula. Arte por Excelencias’ managing staff reaches this four year with a cardinal intention: rearticulating topics and themes that have already been tackled by the magazine in order to providing new approaches on the art market in the Americas, private and institutional collecting, the organization of events related to the visual universe, and the promotion of outstanding artists from the region, among others.
In this sense, this issue includes texts that are aimed at the reflection on the Caribbean and Central America, taking an interview with one of the most experienced experts on these regions as starting point, as well as a critical approach to the works of Manuel Mendive, Pepon Osorio and Manuel Lopez Oliva, creators that truly represent the peculiarities of such contexts. On the other hand, the architecture is expressed through an exhaustive tour around the region by conspicuous historian, with plenty of general and detailed elements. The Havana Biennial –since its foundation back in 1984– turns out to be a paradigmatic event of the region, and the international art sphere, reaches its eleventh issue and Arte por Excelencias will be dedicating upcoming issues with a critical review of its curatorial platform and exhibition program. Other peculiar events are also described, such as Art Basel Miami Beach, considered by many as the finest visual arts show in the continent, as well as PINTA NY, entirely devoted to the Latin American production.
The complex Latin American scene is represented by an analysis between art and policy, in the specific case of Guatemala, and the countries that make up the Mercosur. Space is devoted to that giant of the universal arts, Chilean Roberto Matta and the curious inauguration of a Cuban Art Museum in the core of old Europe. Finally, an interesting outlook on the proliferation of art catalogues in the contemporary cultural stage and one page aimed at caricature art. With all of these elements, we are looking forward to handing you a renewed publication that wants to contribute to the better and deeper comprehension of our complex realities in the world of culture.