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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810957337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810957336
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 9.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,209,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The recent, somewhat surreptitious loosening of the U.S. embargo and Castro's concurrent opening up of state-regulated tourism has yielded a flurry of student programs, professional conferences, books, movies and general enthusiasm in this country for all things Cuban. In Art Cuba: The New Generation, editor Holly Block, executive director of New York's Art in General, explores how Cuban artists have worked in and around the constraints of Castroism ("Within the Revolution, everything; outside the Revolution, nothing") and Cuba's severely depressed economy. (During the "Special Period," 1991-1994 after Soviet funds stopped, the sugar crop failed and the U.S. reinforced the embargo artists in Cuba relied on the relatively few visitors to bring supplies from other countries.) The book includes more than 100 color plates and essays by, among others, Gerardo Mosquera and Antonio Eligio.

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About the Author

Holly Block is the director of Art in General in New York. Gerardo Mosquera, Eugenia Valdes Figueroa, Orlando Henandez, and Qantonio Eligio (Tonel) are eminent art critics and independent curators in Havana, Cuba.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Rodriguez on August 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
THIS BOOK IS FULL OF PICTURES AND REAL EMOTION BY THE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS. IT IS A GREAT BOOK FOR THE CUBAN ART FAN AND THOSE THAT UNDERSTAND THE NEW AND MODERN CUBAN CULTURE. GOOD FOR THOSE TRYING TO LEARN A BIT ABOUT IT AS WELL. ART IS ALWAYS REPRESENTATIVE OF NOT JUST THE INDIVIDUAL BUT OF THE ARTISTS' WORLD AS WELL. CUBA SEEN THROUGH THESE PEOPLE. GET IT. YOU WILL ENJOY IT.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristen E. Accola on March 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A wonderfully clear, concise and insightful introduction to the art of Cuba from the 1960's on.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. Lennox Campello on February 24, 2012
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For the last few years Cuban art has been going to an interesting phase of climbing up, both in price and visibility, as the island's talented artists manage to gain international exposure little by little, in spite of the repressive nature of a censoring, heavy-handed dictatorship.

This book was one of the early ones to recognize the wealth of talent that was almost hidden from the rest of the art world by one of the world's last Communist dictatorships.

Beautifully done and gorgeously illustrated, even after all these years, this book is the key one for both savvy and beginning art collectors. For me, the artists who stand out are the courageous ones who push the limit of dissidence with their work; amongst these Sandra Ramos, Cirenaica Moreira, and others carry that dangerous load on their shoulders.
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