The Davidoff Art Initiative (DAI) was launched in 2012 with the mission of supporting contemporary art and artists in the Caribbean and in particular the Dominican Republic, and fostering cultural engagement between the Caribbean region and the rest of the world. Now in its third year, the Initiative is pleased to announce the publication of Under the Sun: Caribbean Voices in Contemporary Art, a compendium of art, essays, and interviews capturing the range and dynamism of the Davidoff Art Initiative across its first years of operation. The book includes in-depth interviews and portfolios from Caribbean and international artists following their participation in the Davidoff Art Residency, as well as commentaries from leading art authorities offering insights into the Caribbean art scene.
Organized across three sections—‘Connecting the Caribbean’; ‘Perspectives on the Caribbean’; and ‘About the Davidoff Art Initiative’—Under the Sun: Caribbean Voices in Contemporary Art offers readers an intimate portrait of the Caribbean’s singular creative landscape, along with the role of the Davidoff Art Initiative in providing visibility and support this vital contemporary art community.
In tandem with this milestone, DAI is pleased to announce that it has been bestowed the 2015 Annual Critics Award from the Dominican Association of Art Critics, Inc. (ADCA).
The Annual Critics Award, presented by the Dominican Association of Art Critics, Inc. (ADCA) in affiliation with the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), honors the work of institutions and individuals working in and around the visual arts in the Dominican Republic. The award recognizes the Davidoff Art Initiative’s contribution to contemporary art in the Dominican Republic through its residency program and its support and facilitation of cross-cultural dialogue.
The Dominican Association of Art Critics, Inc. continues to deliver Critics Awards to prominent institutions, media outlets and cultural figures working within the visual arts community,” says Carlos Acero Ruíz, President of the Dominican Association of Art Critics, Inc. “We are pleased to recognize the invaluable contributions of the Davidoff Art Initiative and their success in promoting and introducing Caribbean artists to broader, international audiences.
Art & Gourmet Weekend, Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
Next year, Davidoff offers to members of the international cultural community to experience the rich social and cultural fabric of the Dominican Republic with the 2016 Davidoff Tour Gastronomique Art & Gourmet Weekend (February 18–21, 2016) at Casa de Campo, La Romana. The weekend will include an Open Studio visits with the Davidoff Art Residency artists in Altos de Chavón, as well as culinary events with Three Michelin-starred Chef Peter Knogl from Switzerland and a visit to the Davidoff Estate in Santiago de los Caballeros.
For more information, please visit davidoff.com