Tuesday, December 10, 2013

New Caribbean Art by 23 Artists Showcased during Art Basel Fair — Art Daily.com (AP)

Visitors look at artist's exhibits at the opening of "The Global Caribbean"
during this year's Art Basel (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
New Caribbean Art by 23 Artists
Showcased during Art Basel Fair — Art Daily.com (AP)
By: Jennifer Kay, Associated Press Writer
Visitors look at artist's exhibits at the opening of "The Global Caribbean" exhibit in the Little Haiti area of Miami, Friday, Dec. 4, 2009. The exhibit includes paintings, sculpture and other installations by 25 contemporary artists from Cuba, Trinidad, Haiti, the Bahamas and other Caribbean countries. AP Photo/Alan Diaz. MIAMI, FL (AP).- Hundreds of hours of shiny black cassette tape pour through a toothy shark jaw suspended from the ceiling in an untitled artwork by Bahamian artist Blue Curry. This is not the Caribbean art tourists expect to find on their hotel walls or in gift shops. A new exhibit showcasing Curry and 22 other Caribbean-born contemporary artists intends to expand the imagery associated with the archipelago of tropical islands between Florida and South America.
"It's not folk art. It's not souvenirs," said Miami-based Haitian artist Edouard Duval-Carrie, curator of "The Global Caribbean" exhibit. "It's real art based on very deep historical, psychological, social, economic upheavals and movements that make this region quite a fascinating one," he said.Art Daily.com (AP) http://artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=34771&int_modo=2
The exhibit opened Friday as part of Art Basel Miami Beach, the annual four-day contemporary art fair that draws collectors to the Miami area. "The Global Caribbean" is being staged in a new cultural center in Miami's gritty Little Haiti district. Caribbean contemporary artists are seldom seen in the international art market, and "The Global Caribbean" presents their work both to regional communities and to a wider audience, said officials from Culturesfrance, a French government agency whose initiatives in the islands led to the exhibit. The 23 artists are linked by their Caribbean heritage — hailing from Cuba, Martinique, Haiti, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad, Guadeloupe, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico — though many now live in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The exhibit includes photography, paintings, sculptures and video installations. Duval-Carrie said each artist was selected to illustrate the region's diverse talents, connections and experiences with natural disasters, colonization and migration. Read more: http://artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=34771&int_modo=2. Related articles: http://www.largeup.com/2013/12/04/caribbean-diasporic-art-afantastic-part-of-art-basel-miami/, http://thegrio.com/2013/12/08/review-art-basel-goes-afropolitan/#s:citoyen_du_monde and http://miamitimesonline.com/news/2013/dec/05/art-diaspora-featured-during-art-basel-miami/

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