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Revolutionary horizons : art and polemics in 1950s Cuba

Author: Abigail McEwen
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Modernism in Havana reached its climax during the turbulent years of the 1950s as a generation of artists took up abstraction as a means to advance artistic and political goals in the name of Cuba Libre. During a decade of insurrection and, ultimately, revolution, abstract art signaled the country's cultural worldliness and its purchase within the international avant-garde. This pioneering book offers the first  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Abigail McEwen
ISBN: 9780300216813 0300216815
OCLC Number: 946481815
Description: viii, 264 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: The horizon of vanguards --
Los Once and the polemics of abstraction --
Anti-Bienal, Bienal, and the dissolution of Los Once --
The offices of abstraction --
Cuba's concretos and the constructivist turn --
The endgame of abstraction.
Other Titles: Art and polemics in 1950s Cuba
Responsibility: Abigail McEwen.

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"Modernism in Havana reached its climax during the turbulent years of the 1950s as a generation of artists took up abstraction as a means to advance artistic and political goals in the name of Cuba Libre. During a decade of insurrection and, ultimately, revolution, abstract art signaled the country's cultural worldliness and its purchase within the international avant-garde. This pioneering book offers the first in-depth examination of Cuban art during that time, following the intersecting trajectories of the artist groups Los Once and Los Diez against a dramatic backdrop of modernization and armed rebellion. Abigail McEwen explores the activities of a constellation of artists and writers invested in the ideological promises of abstraction, and reflects on art's capacity to effect radical social change. Featuring previously unpublished artworks, new archival research, and extensive primary sources, this remarkable volume excavates a rich cultural history with links to the development of abstraction in Europe and the Americas."

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"Revolutionary Horizons far outdistances any other treatment of modern Cuban art and is certain to remain the standard reference for a long time."-Leonard Folgarait, Vanderbilt University -- Leonard Read more...

 
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