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Art Looking North

Cuban Art in the
Rodriguez Collection

Opens: September 4th | 6:00PM

Gallery Closed September 22 – 23

Closes: September 24th | 3:00PM

General Admission: $1 entry donation

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Over the last several decades, the collection of Cuban art has been one of the most turbulent fields in the panorama of visual arts in Cuba. The promotion and circulation of Cuban art traverses through a series of corridors, sometimes underground, which lead to spaces that are not entirely defined. However, I suppose that these are gaps within our history. I assume that within the cracks of a commercialization that runs through pipelines of all kinds, it is made impossible to carry out an integral study of said phenomenon.

The Kendall Art Center/ Rodríguez Collection has established one of the most widely recognized spaces for the collecting of contemporary Cuban art outside of the island. “Collecting is not hoarding,” recites one of the most lucid phrases regarding the subject of collecting of all kinds. To that effect, the Kendall Art Center responds to a space in which beyond the act of collecting in and of itself, artistic and cultural processes are generated, where the promotion and exhibition of the most prominent Cuban art of the moment meet in harmony.

A space, generally speaking, in which both processes are integrated, achieves a degree of high quality in its repertoire. Curatorial exercises, just like a systematic job regarding the growth of the whole, makes it acquire specific nuances when it comes to a collection of regular art. Which is why the collection of Leonardo Rodríguez has reached, without a shadow of a doubt, a status distinct from passive collecting.

The Kendall Art Center has a list of artists who, far from conceptual, generational or formal simplifications, have managed to consecrate an independent phenomenon around contemporary Cuban art, without geographical distinctions. I recognize in each of its acquisitions, a rigorous investigation into solid pictorial and thematic movements of the most diverse international art trends. As a result, the Kendall Art Center/ Rodríguez Collection seeks to break the boundaries of what a Cuban art collection should be, to demonstrate that its health lies precisely within the plurality of styles and themes that weave it together. The constant integration of this center within the heart of Floridas’ exhibition dynamics indicates that this collection was born with the full awareness of an art gallery. An art gallery draws from a promotional principle. It is precisely this leitmotif that has transformed a collection into an unmitigated space of Cuban contemporary art outside the island. Built atop these pillars, KAC has become one of the best cultural offerings, not only in Kendall, which needed an initiative like this, but in the Florida state as a whole.

Art Looking North: Cuban Art In The Rodriguez Collection, a selection made by Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center and its Art Curator Cesar Aguilera that showcases the work of 21 artists who have established the key tenets of a visual language with global implications that reach beyond the island and its diaspora. Artists such as: Alejandro Aguilera, Néstor Arenas, José Bedia, Francisco Bernal, Consuelo Castañeda, Willy Castellanos, Ana Albertina Delgado, Carlos Estévez, Ivonne Ferrer, Reynier Llanes , Carlos Luna, Milena Martínez, Aldo Menéndez, Pedro Pablo Oliva, Aimee Pérez, Ciro Quintana, Yourden Ricardo, Miguel Ángel Salvó, Esterio Segura, Reynerio Tamayo, Rubén Torres-Llorca. Their works span over 50 years and includes a diversity of styles and media. The artists represent more than a Cuban identity as they come to be recognized in international venues as an affirmation of the island’s long tradition of creativity, academic and technical excellence, even under the worst of circumstances. Dedicated to preserving the history and significance of Cuban art, the Rodríguez Collection promises to be just the beginning of an ever-expanding gathering of art, artists and information critical to understanding and sustaining the artistic trajectory that represents the best of Cuba.

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