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Concrete Cuba: Cuban Geometric Abstraction from the 1950s

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781941701331
Author(s): Abigail McEwen
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2016
Publisher: David Zwirner
Dimensions: 245 x 22 x 280 (w x l x h)
Pages: 192

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The development of Cuban geometric abstraction and, specifically, the formation of Los Diez Pintores Concretos (Ten Concrete Painters), coincided with the radical political and cultural shifts that raged throughout the country in the 1950s. Cuba experienced rising nationalist sentiments instigated in part by the influx of US tourism and material goods. Against this vibrant backdrop, artists sought a new visual language in which art, specifically abstract art, could function as political and social practice. Concrete Cuba, produced on the occasion of the 2015-2016 exhibition at David Zwirner, marks one of the first major presentations outside Cuba to focus exclusively on concretism in Cuba during the 1950s, and includes important works from the late 1940s through the early 1960s by the 12 artists who were at different times associated with the short-lived group: Pedro Alvarez, Wifredo Arcay, Mario Carreno, Salvador Corratge, Sandu Darie, Luis Martinez Pedro, Alberto Menocal, Jose M. Mijares, Pedro de Oraa, Jose Angel Rosabal, Lolo Soldevilla, and Rafael Soriano.
The catalogue features an extensively researched chronology, compiled by art historian Susanna Temkin, tracking the development of the period artistically and politically from 1939 through 1968. New scholarship by Cuban art specialist Abigail McEwen offers an interpretative framework for this group of painters, and a deeper understanding of the forces behin
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