Written by: Michael Tommasiello
While Cuba may be known for its retro lifestyle, cigars and rum, throughout the years Bryant Toth has come to know it for something different. Bryant is almost single handily been responsible for bringing Cuban art and artists stateside, with his latest exhibition being aptly named Bridge To Cuba. Resulting from 12 trips to Cuba and a career curating membership at Soho House New York and Soho House Miami Beach, Toth was able to do what few people before him had been capable of, and that was to not only bring art from a place that was relatively untouched by American hands and create a market for it in the US.
Toth's latest exhibition features renown artist Hector Frank, who was born in Havana, Cuba in 1961 and currently still resides there. Having already been featured the New York Times, Forbes, Surface, and Departures, Frank continues his already successful career with this exhibition in Chelsea. Working with mixed mediums, Frank’s work comes to life by mixing textures and collages to bring the images to life. Toth and Frank were joined by many prominent faces in the art and fashion world at the opening that included the likes of Kinetics & One Love, Heron Preston, TK Wonder and Cipriana Quann, Fredrik Eklund, John Targon, Connor Franta, Lo Bosworth, Julia Loomis, Tyler Rowe, Ashley Wilcox Platt, Lexi Wood, Amalie Gassmann, Janica Compte, Nathaniel Dam, Amilna Estevao, Irina Shnitman, Manuela Frey, Oda Marie Nordengen, Anja Voskresenska Sanna Backstrom, Aku Orraca-Tetteh, Lucy Baaman, Kelly Connor, Grace Givens, Emma Morrison, Cyril Foiret and many more. The gallery remains open through Nov 10th and is located at Gallery 151 - 132 W 18th. St.