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Cuban Art Catches A Wave

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MFAH exhibition, gallery show and importer all capitalizing on new access to island nation’s underknown artists–A review by Molly Glentzer for the Houston Chronicle. Follow the link to the original report for a gallery of photos.

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros remembers a Cuba that disappeared decades ago: fancy people out in Havana late at night, a vivid scene lit by street lights. Cars everywhere. Stately Colonial architecture. o She left at 16, one of the so-called gusanos, or worms, who fled after the revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power in 1959. Although her brother stayed behind, she came to think of herself as a Venezuelan. o She married young and well, spending 33 years as the entrepreneurial and philanthropic wife of billionaire Oswaldo Cisneros, one of the richest men in Venezuela. o When she was finally allowed back home to visit her brother, in the late 1980s, Fontanals-Cisneros didn’t recognize…

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