Organized by the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville
Kerry Oliver-Smith, Curator
Over the past three decades, the art of Cuba has had a remarkable impact on emerging global contemporary art. Drawing on a variety of experimental, conceptual, and postmodern strategies, contemporary Cuban artists have challenged accepted artistic and political discourse not only in their own society but in the international arena, reversing conventional art-world notions of “center” and “periphery” and embodying a provocative, ironic, and omnivorously critical approach.
Cuba Avant-Garde encompasses the full scope of contemporary Cuban art beginning with the crucial period of the early 1980s, which saw the resurgence in artistic production and political openness that marked the birth of “New Cuban Art.”
The exhibition includes significant works by internationally renowned artists such as José Bedia, Antonio Fernandez (Tonel), Los Carpinteros, Tania Bruguera, Carlos Garaicoa, Alexis Leyva (KCHO), Luis Cruz Azaceta, Magdalena Campos Pons and Elsa Mora. The artworks presented in Cuba Avant-Garde encompass a broad range of media: large-format paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures and mixed-media. Collectively, the exhibition highlights the cultural mixing, aesthetic diversity and critical voice that reflect the influence of international contemporary art, but more importantly, emerge from the distinct circumstances of Cuba itself.
NUMBER OF WORKS: 58 works by 40 Cuban-born artists
TOUR DATES: May 2007 - September 2010
PUBLICATION: Fully illustrated bilingual book (Harn Museum of Art, University Press of Flordia, 2007)
Lázaro Saavedra González, The Sacred Heart (El sagrado corazon), 1995. Acrylic on cardboard. (top)
Alexis Esquivel, Autopsy, 1998. Cloth, wood, photography.
Pedro Reinaldo Álvarez Castello, Folklore, 1999. Oil on canvas.
Belkis Ayón Manso, Untitled Number 3, 1996. Collograph.
Carlos Alberto Estévez Carasa, Ciudad secreta, 2003. Oil on canvas.
Antonio Eligio Fernández Rodríguez, Self Portrait as Ship (Four Pyramids), 1995-1997. Mixed media on paper.
Antonio Eligio Fernández Rodríguez, Self Portrait Eating a Rat, 1997. Watercolor and mixed media on paper.
Carlos Manso Garaicoa, Rivoli o el lugar donde mana la sangre, 2002. Color photograph in light box.
Rubén Torres Llorca, Nostros los de entonces, ya no somos los mismos, 1985. Mixed media on cardboard.