REVIEW: Complicated Beauty: Contemporary Cuban Art @ Tampa Museum of Art / by Brian Prugh

Libertad Condicional (Conditional Liberty) 06, 2011, Humberto Diaz, Photographs printed on Hahnemuhle photo paper 200g. Edition 5 of 5. The Bronx Museum of the Arts Permanent Collection, Purchased with funds provided by Laura Blanco and Robert F. Shainheit. Image courtesy of the artist.

Libertad Condicional (Conditional Liberty) 06, 2011, Humberto Diaz, Photographs printed on Hahnemuhle photo paper 200g. Edition 5 of 5. The Bronx Museum of the Arts Permanent Collection, Purchased with funds provided by Laura Blanco and Robert F. Shainheit. Image courtesy of the artist.

Review published in The Seen. From the review:

Yoan Capote is quoted in the wall text by his painting as saying, “The sea, for me and for a lot of Cubans, was like a wall, more an image of isolation than a beautiful place. I grew up with a frustration about the limitation and an obsession about crossing the sea.” This idea situates the title of this survey of contemporary Cuban art, Complicated Beauty, currently on view at the Tampa Museum of Art, organized in collaboration with the Bronx Museum of the Arts—the sea, a paradigm of beauty, is complicated when it becomes a barrier or an obstacle.

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