Without a doubt, books are not disappearing as everyone thought with the emergence of the Kindle. For lovers of Cuban art, there are a few worthy books published this year to add to your collection of books on Cuban art. Major works include some beautifully illustrated books on the works of the Cuban avant-garde artist Mario Carreño and an English-Spanish book Cuba: Arte Contemporáneo/Contemporary Art by art collectors, Andreas Winkler and Sebastiaan A. C. Berger. There are no books more deserving than these, to be place in the collection of your coffee table books, an interesting grab for your guests. Sure to ignite discussion. Buy them all here at Amazon, shipped quickly to your home..
Mario Carreño book
A new book on the works of modern Cuban master Mario Carreño (b. 1913, Havana – 1999 – ( Mario Carreño – Selected Works |Obras Selectas | 1936 – 1957 is a work published by Jesús Fernández Torna, art historian, curator and art collector and published by the Prado Fine Art and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana. This new book was launched during the Havana Bienal at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Torna’s book depicts one of the most progressive stages of Mario Carreño’s career as an artist during his years in Cuba before he moved to Chile. It portrays his evolution as an artist and the importance of his place in the Cuban avant-garde art movement . Brilliant illustrations of the works of Carreño are in full color and essays contributed by Elsa Vega Dopico, Luz Merino Roberto Cobas Amate.
There is also a piece by the prestigious essayist and art critic Guy Pérez-Cisneros . The cover image features one of Carreño’s most important works of art, El Nacimiento de las Naciones Americanas (The Birth of the American Nations), painted in New York in 1940.
Another stunning bilingual publication on contemporary Cuban art is Cuba: Arte Contemporáneo/Contemporary Art by art collectors, Andreas Winkler and Sebastiaan A. C. Berger, a 228 page book with 500 color illustrations, an introduction by the authors and showcases the art of some 50 contemporary artists of Cuba. A Publishers Weekly review called it a “beautifully produced and stunningly diverse bilingual collection… It is rare that a collection of this breadth presents works of such a uniformly high standard that are so consistently provocative and experimental.”
Lovers of Cuban art and architecture will not want to miss out on this book: “Revolution of Forms: Cuba’s Forgotten Art Schools” by John A. Loomis with a forward by Gerardo Mosquera, first published in 1999. This book, the updated edition is now available in paperback. John A. Loomis’ book takes a look at the state of art, architecture, culture and political ideology in the Cuba of the 1960s which is symbolized and collides together in the design of one of its greatest works of architecture, the Escuelas Nacionals de Arte. Cuba’s most outstanding achievement in the world of architecture was to be the Escuelas Nacionales de Arte (National Art Schools) located just outside of Havana. Read more about this book here.
Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art (English and Spanish Edition) is available in hardcover and also paperback. Edited by Alejandro de la Fuente, UCIS Research Professor of History and Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. De la Fuente and Elio Rodríguez Valdés curated the exhibit, which was originally hosted at the Wifredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art in Havana, Cuba, and transferred to the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Queloides is put together presented artistic works from the art exhibit itself, works illustrating the issue of the persistence of racism and racial discrimination in contemporary Cuba.Read more about the Queloides: Race and Racism in Contemporary Cuban art exhibit here on Ateneo Art Cuba.