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.