A rare Picasso painting will be auctioned off in London next month. The 1937 work titled "Femme au beret et a la robe quadrillee" (Woman in beret and checked dress), inspired by the painter's French lover Marie-Therese Walter is being shown in Hong Kong, Taipei, Los Angeles and New York before being sold. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports the painting's Hong Kong debut is a clear indication of the growing importance of the Asian art market.
What informs dialogue and themes in play surrounding events during the historic Geneva summit comes partly from Rogelio Martinez's own life experience — first under Soviet influence in Cuba, and later under American democracy, led by 'The Great Communicator,' Ronald Reagan
The 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan reversed the process of detente between the United States and the then-Soviet Union, ushering in a freeze in relations and heightened Cold War tensions. Anxiety grew across the globe with many people fearing that the superpower rivalry would someday lead to nuclear war. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports from Chicago, a new play called "Blind Date" by a Cuban-born immigrant explores this dynamic and the events in the mid-1980s.