Posted by admin on February 7, 2011 in Artists
JOSÉ ÁNGEL TOIRAC
(b. Guantánamo, 1966)
Mr. Toirac came on the scene in the late 1980s and graduated from the Higher Art Institute in 1990. He has more than twenty solo exhibitions to his credit and his work can be found in the collections of institutions such as the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, United States, the Ludwig Forum in Aachen, Germany, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada. Some of his most notable solo exhibitions include Mass: Portraits, Havana, 1995; Mediations II, Habana Gallery, Havana 2002; Sacrifice, Gallery 106, Austin, Texas, 2003; Think Different, Art in General, New York, 2002; In Good We Trust, America’s Most Wanted (with Lorin McAlpin and Meira Marrero), La Casona Gallery, Havana, 2009; and Censure and Celebration in Cuba, at Art Basel Miami Beach, United States, 2010. In 2007 the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana presented his project Orbis: Tribute to Walker Evans (with Meira Marrero) awarded with the National Curatorship Award. Toirac’s work has been included in group exhibition such as The American Effect, Whitney Museum of American Art, 2003; and New to the Modern: Recent Acquisitions from the Department of Drawings, MoMA, 2001, both in New York, United States.
(b. Havana, 1969)
Ms. Marrero graduated in Art History from the University of Havana in 1992. She is a curator and art critic who has worked with Jose Angel Toirac in joint projects. Their collective work has been exhibited at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA; the Museé des Beux-Arts de Montréal, Québec, Canada; the Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona, USA; Art in General, New York, USA; Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ; Geukens & De Vil Contemporary Art, Anvers, Belgium; Factoría Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain; the Cultural Centers Banco do Brasil in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, Brazil; and in other institutions and events. She has offered lectures at important cultural and educational centers in Cuba and abroad, and published various texts in specialized magazines and other publications on Cuban contemporary art. She received the National Curatorship Award granted by the National Council of Visual Arts of the Cuban Ministry of Culture for the exhibitions Orbis: Tribute to Walker Evans (National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba, 2007) in 2008, and Mediations II (Habana Gallery, Havana, Cuba, 2002) in 2003; as well as the Curatorship Award for the project Jao Moch. Tribute to Antonia Eiriz, granted by the Provincial Center of Visual Arts and Design, Havana, Cuba, in 1998; and the Award of the American Association of Museums for the publication Contemporary Art from Cuba, a Guide to See, in 1998.