Friday, May 18, 2012

2012 Havana Biennial and CUBA: Contemporary Art

Jose Emilio Fuentes Fonseca,
Memoria & Memory, 2009

May 11 marked the commencement of the 11th Annual Havana Biennial, which originated in 1984 as a tribute to the 25th anniversary of the Cuban revolution. While the show originally featured artists exclusively from Cuba and the Caribbean Islands, it has since expanded to showcase 180 artists from 40 countries around the world including the U.S., Brazil, and Austria. It will run until June 11.

Overlook Press is proud to fuel interest and enthusiasm for the rich culture and art of the Pearl of the Antilles with the publication of CUBA: Contemporary Art (ed. Andreas Winkler and Sebastiaan A. C. Berger) this June. This beautifully produced bilingual volume features over 50 contemporary Cuban artists working today, revealing the unique, provocative, and influential composition of this burgeoning art epicenter.

Michel Perez, Sympathy, 2008
Like the cultural climate of the country, the diverse embodiment of Cuban art continues to change and develop, and the evolution of the art scene and equivalent social consciousness is eloquently captured in this stunning survey. Profiling contemporary artists across various mediums including photography, painting, performance art, sculpture, and installation, it is the hope of editor Andreas Winkler that this stunning volume “creates another bridge to and from the island.”

CUBA: Contemporary Art profiles over 50 of Cuba’s most influential living artists including Juan Carlos Alom, Sandra Ceballos, and Felipe Dulzaides, and includes 500 color images of their work. This timely tome is an essential contribution to the understanding and appreciation of Cuba’s contemporary art landscape today and over the last fifty years.
JR/Jose Parla street art at
2012 Havana Biennial

Advance Praise for CUBA: Contemporary Art
“It is rare that a collection of this breadth presents works of such a uniformly high standard that are so consistendly provactive and experimental.  The book provides exceptional insight into contemporary Cuan art and the aesthetic and critical innovation it embodies.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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