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Concrete Cuba: Cuban Geometric Abstraction from the 1950s

Text by Abigail McEwen, Susanna Temkin. Contributions by Lucas Zwirner, Pedro de Oraá.

Wifredo Arcay's untitled, undated 1950s painting, above, is reproduced from 'Concrete Cuba: Cuban Geometric Abstraction from the 1950s.'

This gorgeous survey "adds to the history of postwar abstraction by providing a first glimpse of what a small group of Cuban artists were up to in the 1950s and early ’60s, the tumultuous years leading up to, and just after, the revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power." - Roberta Smith, NY Times

The development of Cuban geometric abstraction and the formation of Los Diez Pintores Concretos (Ten Concrete Painters) coincided with the radical cultural shifts that raged throughout the country in the 1950s. Against this backdrop, artists sought a new visual language in which abstract art could function as political and social practice. Concrete Cuba, produced on the occasion of the 2015–16 exhibition at David Zwirner, marks one of the first major presentations outside Cuba to focus on concretism in Cuba, and includes important works from the late 1940s through the early 1960s by the 12 artists who were associated with the group: Pedro Álvarez, Wifredo Arcay, Mario Carreño, Salvador Corratgé, Sandú Darié, Luis Martínez Pedro, Alberto Menocal, José M. Mijares, Pedro de Oraá, José Ángel Rosabal, Loló Soldevilla and Rafael Soriano.

Abigail McEwen is associate professor of Latin American art at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, in 2010, and joined the faculty at the University of Maryland that year. She is an affiliated faculty member of the Latin American Studies Center. McEwen’s own book, Revolutionary Horizons: Art and Polemics in 1950s Cuba, is forthcoming in 2016 from Yale University Press.

In 1957, artist, poet, and art critic Pedro de Oraá cofounded the Galería Color-Luz in Havana with his partner and fellow artist Loló Soldevilla. The gallery served as an important center for the development of abstract art in Cuba. In 2015, in recognition of his prolific career, de Oraa? was awarded Cuba’s Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas.

Susanna Temkin is assistant curator at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, New York. She earned her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where her research focused on modern art in the Americas. Her doctoral dissertation centered on Marcelo Pogolotti, a key figure from the first generation of modern artists in Cuba and a participant in the international avant-garde.

Lucas Zwirner is editorial director at David Zwirner Books, where he recently began the ekphrasis series, dedicated to publishing short texts on visual culture by artists and writers, rarely available in English. He has also written on numerous contemporary artists and translated books from German and French.

Wifredo Arcay's untitled, undated 1950s painting, above, is reproduced from 'Concrete Cuba: Cuban Geometric Abstraction from the 1950s.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Artforum, Best of 2016

Grace Wales Bonner

Highlights were Sandú Darié’s playful sculpture and painting; his works’ subdued palette felt distinctively local, the deep browns, auburns, and yellows conveying a rich, earthy materiality.

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Dana Hart

Interest in Cuban art will continue to grow, and Concrete Cuba’s illustrations and chronology will be essential to art historians and curators in the coming years.

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Dana Hart

[The] richness in the catalog lies in the hundred-plus pages of high quality color plates...and the illustrated chronology by Susanna Temkin, Assistant Curator at the Americas Society and Council of the Arts. Temkin has laid out a chronology of Cuban Concrete art from 1939 to 1963, and includes biographies on twelve artists from the movement. This is the first such chronology published in English, and is a valuable resource.

Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dana Hart

[A] hundred-plus pages of high-quality color plates… the first such chronology published in English… a valuable resource.

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Concrete Cuba: Cuban Geometric Abstraction from the 1950s

Concrete Cuba: Cuban Geometric Abstraction from the 1950s

Here it is. The book you have wanted. The book you need. The book that never existed, in any form, until now. Concrete Cuba: Cuban Geometric Abstraction from the 1950s from David Zwirner Books is the first major survey of concretism in Cuba from the late 1940s through the early 1960s—the pivotal years building up to and including the Cuban Revolution. The work in this eye-opening volume—by Pedro Álvarez, Wifredo Arcay, Mario Carreño, Salvador Corratgé, Sandú Darié (whose untitled 1950s painting is reproduced here), Luis Martínez Pedro, Alberto Menocal, José M. Mijares, Pedro de Oraá, José Ángel Rosabal, Loló Soldevilla and Rafael Soriano—is every bit as revolutionary as Fidel himself. A featured title at our bookstores at Design Miami and Art Basel Miami, it is also one of our top ten Staff Favorite Holiday Gift Books, 2016. continue to blog


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