The light in Cuban eyes

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Jun 022015


“The light in Cuban eyes”, so gentle and beautiful the title of a new book of a collection of photographs by Cuban photographers amassed by Madeleine P. Plonsker, the philanthropist.  Ms. Plonsker of Lake Forest College in the U.S. has traveled to Cuba since 2002. Photographs by many unknown Cuban photographers make up this collection of photography which cover the “Special Period” in Cuba.

Cuba’s “Special Period” refers to a time when the financial relationship between Cuba and the Soviet Union ended in 1989 resulting in a time of extreme economic hardship for the Cuban people. Combined with the American embargo against Cuba, food shortages, medicine, petroleum, power outages and other necessities of life contributed to the extreme suffering of the people. Continue reading »

New Books on Cuban Art

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Aug 032013


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 and admiration.  Continue reading »

Dec 262012


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.  Continue reading »

Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art

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Oct 152012

The book cover of Queloides – Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art.

Thought provoking.  Challenging.  Watch this video of the Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art exhibit featuring the works of Cuban artists Pedro Álvarez, Manuel Arenas, Belkis Ayón, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Roberto Diago, Alexis Equivel, Armando Mariño, René Peña, Marta María Pérez Bravo, Douglas Pérez, Elio Rodíguez, Meira Marrero and José Toirac. The exhibit first opened in Havana at the Wifredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art in Havana, Cuba, and transferred to the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The subject of racism in Cuba was examined as the theme in this art exhibition. Continue reading »