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A panoramic exploration of Cuba's extraordinary art world, including exclusive interviews with thirty-five of the island's most influential artists and photography by Camillo Guevara.
Retracing the vibrant history of Cuban art from 1900 onwards, this book provides an overview of Cuban cultural and artistic development across a number of mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpture, installations, and the visual arts. Together, long-time friends and authors Gilbert Brownstone and Camillo Guevara visited and interviewed Cuba's thirty-five most important and internationally acclaimed visual artists, who talk openly about their education, influences, and the role of art in Cuba.
Art has always been at the heart of the Cuban cultural identity, and the island is home to major artists across the spectrum of artistic disciplines. Yet while culture thrived both in the provinces and in Havana throughout the twentieth century, it was with the advent of the revolution and rise of Fidel Castro that free education and widespread access to the arts became top priorities, giving the underprivileged access to the artistic realm that had once been a domain of the elite.
Both an invitation into the world of the dynamic Caribbean island and an overview of the Cuban artistic heritage, this book is not to be missed by anyone with an interest in contemporary art and culture.
About the Author
Gilbert Brownstone is an art historian and exhibition curator. In 1999 he created the Brownstone foundation, which promotes social justice through cultural development.
Graziella Pogolotti is a historian and Cuban art critic.
Camillo Guevara, photographer, teaches at the Havana School of Photography and runs the Che Guevara Studies Center, dedicated to his father.
"Art in Cuba belongs to the second category of art books, which would be admirable but for the rewriting of verifiable history in two of the three documents that compose the book's editorial frame: a contextual essay by Graziella Pogolotti, and the tome's introduction by author Gilbert Brownstone. "—NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS
"In Art in Cuba, Gilbert Brownstone retraces the history of culture and art from the beginning of the twentieth century and gives a panoramic view of the world including painting, sculpture, installations, and the visual arts in Cuba which has been home to great artists from all disciplines." —WASHINGTON BOOK REVIEW