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April 24 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Belkis Ayón Panel with David Castillo, Glexis Novoa, and Gean Moreno


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April 24
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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Books & Books presents…



Belkis Ayón

Wednesday, April 24th, 8 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is proud to present an evening with David Castillo, Glexis Novoa, and Gean Moreno discussing Belkis Ayón

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

Published in collaboration with David Castillo, Belkis Ayón is an 89-page bilingual monograph focusing on the voice and work of the late printmaker. The book includes two historical interviews with filmmaker Ines Anselmi and the late journalist Jaime Sarusky, providing insights into Ayón’s methods, style, and her exploration of Abakuá fraternal society in Cuba. Ayón’s words reveal the significance of the society’s origin story, iconography, and practices in shaping her own visual language. Alongside these interviews, the publication features full-page plates showcasing notable works created by the artist between 1989 and 1999. Despite Ayón’s restrained palette of black, brown, and gray, each work in the book unveils a universe of intricate details and textures, conveying profound meanings which she achieved through her unique process of collagraphy. Belkis Ayón is published on the occasion of the first gallery solo exhibition of Ayón’s work since her passing in 1999, organized by David Castillo and the Belkis Ayón Estate. The exhibition will be on view at David Castillo from January 30 – April 25, 2024.

Belkis Ayón Manso (January 23, 1967 – September 11, 1999) pursued her education at the San Alejandro Academy in Havana, Cuba (1986) and earned her Bachelor’s degree in engraving from the Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana (1991). She participated in residencies at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia; the Brodsky Center, Philadelphia College of Art; and Benson Hall Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design. Ayón left a lasting impact on the art world, participating in significant international exhibitions during her lifetime, including the 45th Venice Biennale. Ongoing retrospectives of her work, starting with the Fowler Museum at UCLA in 2016 and most recently at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, underscore her enduring influence. Her work has also been included at the 59th Venice Biennale and the 34th Bienal de São Paulo. Ayón’s work can be found in private and public collections worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art, NY, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

About the Panelists:

For twenty years, David Castillo has worked with primary market artists whose careers the gallery developed as well as thirty years of secondary market experience. He has overseen major public art commissions, both as art consultant and as advisor to municipalities & held museum curatorial and registration positions. David Castillo is a preeminent gallery in the United States, which in an ongoing manner is named in prominent publications. The gallery’s artists are defining the aesthetics and critical ideas of our time and have exhibited in every major biennial as well as institutions globally.

Castillo has placed works of gallery artists in significant museum collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, NY; The Guggenheim, NY; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; The Reina Sofia Museum of Contemporary Art, Madrid; and many others. The gallery has produced more than 160 fine art exhibitions to date, cultivating artists with a far-reaching national and international impact on cultural spaces. These include museums and other institutions, private collections, and, importantly, discourses on art through publications and media.

Glexis Novoa was born in Holguín, Cuba, in 1964. His family moved to Havana before he was one-year-old, where he was exposed to the arts from an early age through his maternal family’s extensive artistic heritage. In 1983, while still a student, Novoa won a national honor in a competition among well known professional artists. In 1984 he attained his Bachelor of Fine Arts’ degree as engraver and draftsman at the National School of Art in Havana. In 1987 he held his first solo exhibition at the legendary Galería Habana and also exhibited the first kinetic and sonorous engraving in the history of Cuban art. By the second half of the 1980s, Novoa had developed an articulated professional career, becoming one of the most radical influences on the vibrant local art scene known as “The 1980s Cuban Art Revival.” In 1995 he moved with his family to Miami, where he currently lives and works.

Novoa has had solo shows at, Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables; Cheekwood Museum, Nashville; Worcester Art Museum, Worcester; Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Indiana; National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, among others. His works have been included in group exhibitions at the Today Art Museum, Beijing; Queens Museum, New York; Art Museum of the Americas, Washington; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Ludwig Forum für International Kunst, Aachen; Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Trento; Reina Sofía National Museum, Madrid; Perez Art Museum in Miami; El Museo del Barrio, New York; Museum of the Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City; Center for Contemporary Culture, Barcelona; Center d’art Contemporary Passerelle, Brest; Musée des Beaux-arts de Rennes among many others.

Gean Moreno is Director of the Knight Foundation Art + Research Center at ICA Miami, and part of the institution’s curatorial team. He has organized exhibitions dedicated to the work of Hélio Oiticica, Terry Adkins, Shuvinai Ashoona, Larry Bell, Ettore Sottsass, Charles Gaines, and others. Moreno is also co-director of [NAME] Publications and the “Migrant Archives” initiative. He has contributed texts to various catalogues and publications, including e-flux journal, Kaleidoscope, and Art in America. He was on the Advisory Board of the 2017 Whitney Biennial and the 2018 Creative Time Summit. He edited Real Abstraction and Contemporary Art, an anthology that Verso released in 2019. He is currently Visiting Associate Professor at Florida International University