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Ben F. Jones
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Ben Jones is an American artist with a great interest in Cuba, where he is well known and has exhibited.

"Jones has made over fifty cultural exchange visits to Cuba since the nineteen-seventies, and is noted by the Granma International of Havana, Cuba as one of the most important African-American artists of his generation."

 

HAVANA BIENNIAL, May 2012top

Dear Friends,

Many of you are looking forward to attending the 11th Havana Biennial in Havana, Cuba, May 2012. As you know in the past I've taken a number of groups to the Havana Biennials. If you are interested and qualify under the categories stated on the flyer I am forwarding to you, you can contact Bob Guild of Marazul travel agency, bguild@marazul.com. He will send you preliminary information regarding attending the Biennial.

Those of you would like to go to the Biennial but do not fit in the category stated on the flyer, can contact Marta Morena Vega - Director of the Caribbean Cultural Center in New York, mmvega@cccadi.org or her assistant Shantrelle Lewis- email slewis@cccadi.org. The Caribbean Cultural Center has a license for people to people exchange. This license permits people who do not fit into the Arts category to travel to Cuba with an institution such as the Caribbean Cultural Center which has a license which people can travel under. 

Looking forward for you to join us on a exciting trip to the Exciting HAVANA BIENNIAL, May 2012

Peace,

Ben Jones

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“Chango-Change”

Multimedia Installations by Ben Jones
Opening Reception on July 10, 2009 at 7:00pm
Exhibition dates: July 10 through August 15, 2009
Galerie Siguaraya
Kleine Hamburger Str. 2
10115 Berlin  

Galerie Siguaraya is pleased to announce the opening reception on July 10, 2009 at 7:00 pm for an exhibition featuring multimedia installations by the critically acclaimed artist, Ben Jones entitled, “Chango-Change.” This exhibition runs through August 15 and by appointment until August 29, 2009.  Jones is internationally celebrated as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, installation artist and lecturer.

“Chango-Change,” refers to Chango, the Yoruba deity, god of thunder and lightening, who rules the colors red and white and is symbolized by his double headed axe, which represents swift and balanced justice. The ritual paying homage to Chango, is an important element of this exhibition where shape and form emerge through vibrantly painted abstract patterns and design compositions. In the artist’s own words, “Chango, serves as a metaphor of power and strength and symbolizes people rejuvenating and rebuilding themselves.” Jones also creates a wallpaper series for this exhibition, incorporating a poem entitled, “Freedom” by Frederick Douglass, best known for his autobiography, “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave”, published in 1845. Juxtaposed against Yoruba symbols, stenciled words and arrows to represent the forces of change in the world, Douglass’ poem recites, “Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.” 

Ben Jones (born 1941, New Jersey), received an MFA from Pratt University (Brooklyn, NY), MA from New York University (New York, NY) and BFA from Paterson University (Wayne, NJ). Jones has made over fifty cultural exchange visits to Cuba since the nineteen-seventies, and is noted by the Granma International of Havana, Cuba as one of the most important African-American artists of his generation. For over four decades, Jones’ multimedia installations have reflected his travel and research in Africa, Europe, South America, United States and the Caribbean. The brilliant rhythmic colors, abstract motifs, dense symmetrically designed compositions and symbols found in Jones work combines a classical portrayal of African art culture represented by the African Diaspora and the African-American experience. A New York Times critic recently noted of Jones’ installation at the Jersey City Museum in February 2009, “Many memorable, thought provoking images that deserve to be....known and appreciated.” Through abstract patterns, color and rhythm, Jones speaks to his political and cultural involvement with socioeconomic progress and cultural achievement on a global scale. Jones states, “ ...I want my work to be for everyone. Once we realize that we are not only one world, but apart of an expanding universe, we begin to express the joy of creation and a love for all people.”

 Jones’ work has been exhibited in countless public and private collections across the United States, Cuba, Spain, Great Britain, Brazil and Japan to include the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), Studio Museum of Harlem (New York, NY) and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Havana, Cuba) to name a few. He has received numerous grants and awards including two National Endowment for the Arts grants (2007 and 1974-75), The Puffin Foundation grant (2005), and The Joan Mitchell Foundation grant (2002) among many others.

The Siguaraya of Berlin is a gallery for international contemporary art, its exhibition program has a focal point on artist from the “country of the Siguaraya”, a name occasionally given to Cuba (reference: www.siguarayagallery.com.) 

Contact Information: 
Galerie Siguaraya
Kleine Hamburger Str. 2
10115 Berlin
www.siguaraya-gallery.com
info@siguaraya-gallery.com
Tel. ++49(0)1749222060

Public Relations:

Alaina Simone
345 W 145th Street, Ste. 14B2
New York, NY 10031
www.benfjones.net
alainasimone5@gmail.com
Tel. 917.941.2245

 

Ben Jones in the News | Ben Jones en las noticiastop

Pintor de EE.UU.: “En mi alma soy cubano”  8/13/2014 Cuba Si: "De visita en Cuba para inaugurar una muestra colectiva de abstractos de nueve artistas afroamericanos, el destacado creador Ben Jones conversó en exclusiva con Cubasí... "

U.S. Painter: "In my Soul I am Cuban"  8/13/2014 Cuba Si: "Visiting Cuba to inaugurate a collective exhibition of abstract paintings of nine Afro-American artists, the outstanding painter Ben Jones talked exclusively with Cubasí... "

Artistas afronorteamericanos en Cuba: “Question of love”  7/31/2014 Cuba Contemporanea: "La muestra reúne 38 piezas de nueve artistas estadounidenses que asumen el arte de la abstracción desde diversas técnicas y a partir de la búsqueda en las raíces africanas. Jones asegura que lo más interesante es el componente cultural que articula toda la herencia estética proveniente de África y de otras regiones como el Caribe. Funciona igualmente como práctica de resistencia ante las representaciones históricamente legitimadas. Desde el continente negro y hasta Nueva York definen una ruta de hibridez y autoconocimiento que ahora será interpelada por el público cubano."

Artistas afronorteamericanos inauguran exposición en Cuba  7/31/2014 Trajabadores: "Ben Jones, curador, escultor, pintor y político norteamericano ha traído a Cuba una importante muestra del arte abstracto de su país. Se trata de la exposición La abstracción y los artistas afroamericanos que incluye 38 obras de pequeño y mediano formato de 9 artistas estadounidenses, las que podrán ser apreciadas en el edificio de Arte Universal del Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) desde el 1 de agosto y hasta octubre venidero."

Marca pautas en colaboración Cuba-EEUU muestra de arte abstracto  7/30/2014 CMBF: "Por su parte, Carlos Fernández, coordinador/curador de la exhibición, destacó la gestión de Ben Jones, esencial en esta página del intercambio cultural entre ambas naciones, pues logró reunir la obra de nueve artistas contemporáneos de Nueva York que trabajan la abstracción."

Ben Jones: «el bloqueo es ridículo»  7/30/2014 Radio CMBF: "El artista Ben Jones tiene entre sus metas provocar el intercambio entre Cuba y los Estados Unidos, y para tal empeño abrirá este 1º de agosto la exposición Artistas Afronortamericanos y Abstracción en el Edificio de Arte Universal del Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Profundo amante de la Cuba y su pueblo, declaró a CMBF, Radio Musical Nacional, que «este es mi país favorito en todo el mundo. Amo esta isla. De hecho bromeo con otras personas y les digo que soy cubano»."

Expondrán en Cuba artistas abstractos afro-norteamericanos  7/29/2014 CAN: "Ben Jones, uno de los participantes y curador junto con Nanette Carter y Melvin Edwards, declaró hoy en conferencia de prensa en el MNBA que Cuba posee una poderosa cultura, sobre todo entre los jóvenes. Afirmó que desde su primera llegada a la Isla en 1967, esta es su visita número 62 y siempre ha tratado de establecer proyectos para el contacto espiritual de las dos naciones."

“Evolution/Revolution 2” and the “Africa Speaks” Conversation  3/1/2014 Ragazine: "Known as a “citizen of the world,” Jones was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1941 and currently lives in Jersey City (NJ). Since 1970, he has conducted over-50 art-related/cultural-exchange visits to Cuba, along with frequent art-related/cultural-exchange stays throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America."

New York artists in Cuba: The African American and Cuban connection  5/9/2012 New York Beacon 

In Conversation with Ben Jones  3/1/2011 Reconnect Africa: "Ben Jones is a fascinating man and an inspired artist and our recent conversation covered a wide range of issues. An intelligent, informed and widely travelled man with a strong sense of solidarity with Africa and Africans, Ben Jones’s ability to cut through to the core of an issue and to observe compassionately, with insight and without judgement, made for a memorable conversation."

Ben Jones: Painting, conscience, friendship  3/19/2001 Granma: "WHEN U.S. painter Ben Jones exhibited his series on fans during the last Havana Biennial, through the quality of the colors and delicate strokes, the observer was able to experience the power of faces which, whether familiar or not, express internal happiness and tenacious resilience. When the fan, which in Cuba immediately evokes a Hispanic reference, is placed in the hands of African-American women, it becomes a symbol of liberation and realization that goes much further than its practical significance. This is how Jones presents the faces of cultural icons such as Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, or political figures like Angela Davis, painting flames around the fan using explosive colors that express liberation: red and black, gold or green."

 

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In Conversation with Ben Jones  3/1/2011 Reconnect Africa: "Ben Jones is a fascinating man and an inspired artist and our recent conversation covered a wide range of issues. An intelligent, informed and widely travelled man with a strong sense of solidarity with Africa and Africans, Ben Jones’s ability to cut through to the core of an issue and to observe compassionately, with insight and without judgement, made for a memorable conversation."

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