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Sunday, 2 September 2012

Arts news

Revolutionary ballet school to be revived with UK's Lord Foster involved

The London Daily Mail, reports that the Cuban Ballet Star, Carlos Acosta, has enlisted the help of British Architect Lord Foster to restore the Ballet School at the national arts school complex in Havana that were planned in the 60s and never completed (pictured). Read the report HERE

Abstract expressionist, Viredo Espinosa dies

One of Cuba's lesser known painters, Viredo Espinosa has died aged 83. He was a member of the Group of the Eleven, who introduced non-figurative, abstract works into modern art in Cuba. His work was greatly influenced by his Afro-Cuban upbringing.

Viredo Espinosa, a member of a revolutionary group of artists in 1950s Cuba whose Abstract Expressionism expanded the scope of the country's modern art, died Sunday in Costa Mesa, California.  He was 83.

Espinosa, who left Cuba in 1969 and eventually settled in Southern California, died of natural causes at a nursing facility, said his friend Mariano Sanchez.

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