About the Author:
?Juan A. Martínez is assistant professor of art history at Florida International University. He lectures frequently on Cuban art at museums and conferences throughout the United States and he is the author of numerous articles and catalogue essays on Cuban art.
From Library Journal:
This is an especially useful, first-of-its-kind study introducing 13 Cuban painters of the avant-garde who emerged in revolutionary Havana in the 1920s. Born around the turn of the century, these artists generally studied at the traditional art academy, then visited Paris seeking to study the advances of French Fauvism and Cubism. Most returned to Cuba to paint native social conditions and in some cases the Afro-Cuban peasant identity seen as central to what is defined as a bipolar Cubanidad. Overall, the works range in style and quality from a modified naturalism to innovative personal expressions of modernism. The acclaimed Wifredo Lam is discussed in some detail, as is Victor Manuel, Antonio Gattorno, Eduardo Abela, Fidelio Ponce, Carlos Enriquez, and Amelia Pelaez. The eight color plates and, especially, the 52 small, poorly reproduced black-and-white figures do not enhance the full effects of the works. Recommended for large collections specializing in Modernism and Hispanic culture.
Mary Hamel-Schwulst, Towson State Univ., Md.
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