Cuban art showcased in new exhibit at Westport Arts Center
WESTPORT — “Two Steps Forward: Contemporary Cuban Art,” showcasing recent works by Cuban artists, will be on view at the Westport Arts Center through June 4.
The exhibition features contemporary Cuban art from the private collection of Greenwich residents Terri and Steven Certilman. The Certilmans obtained the pieces directly from the artists during travels to Cuba over the last decade, according to publicity from the arts center.
“The unique political, social and economic conditions in Cuba have combined to catalyze what may be the world’s highest concentration of artistic talent,” Steven Certilman said in a statement released by the arts center. “Their works are as diverse as the country’s rich cultural heritage. It is said that the eyes are the windows of the soul. Art is the window to the Cuban soul.”
Certilman and guest curator Arianne Faber Kolb curated the show’s painting and sculpture.
The exhibition title of “Two Steps Forward” refers to the current political and artistic climate in Cuba and the thaw in relations with the United States. Even though travel and trade restrictions now allow artists to access more resources and gain exposure, change continues to be slow, according to the arts center, so the title officials chose refers to the adage, “two steps forward, one step back.”
Artists represented in the exhibition include established figures such as Abel Barroso, Luis Enrique Camejo, Manuel Mendive, Juan Roberto Diago, Jose Roberto Fabelo and Kcho, as well as younger artists Joniel Leon, Harold Lopez, William Perez and Mabel Poblet.