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Cuban artist Victor Huerta Batista’s evocative paintings make their U.S. museum debut at UAMA.

Posted by Mark Schneider on February 28, 2012 0 Comments

By University Communications July 24, 2007 D E T A I L S The University of Arizona Museum of Art presents an exhibition of paintings by the contemporary Cuban artist Victor Huerta Bataista, on exhibit until September 30, 2007. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with “Goya’s Mastery in Prints: Los Disparates.” and is the second in a series entitled “Correspondence: In Relation to Goya,” which presents the work of contemporary artists in dialogue with Goya’s four major print suites. In 1949, when Alejo Carpentier penned the phrase “lo real maravilloso,” he articulated a trend in 20th century Cuban arts...

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The symbology of the work of Victor Huerta Batista, by Mark Schneider

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Creacion un arbol (Old Havana with large papaya tree)31" x 23" Based on a song by Carlos Varela, the tree grows up in the middle of the city. It deals with the human need to explain everything. Some say the tree was a gift from heaven, and others say it was a gift from hell. Maybe the branches of the tree could travel to Miami, maybe the tree is the creation of the enemy. The police eventually create a fence around the tree, and then cut it down, and cart the branches off to distant parts of the island, hiding...

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The Symbology of the work of Wifredo Lam

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The artistry of Wifredo Lam, though appreciated and admired worldwide, is little understood.  Much of this is due to the fact that, during the mid to late 30’s, he transformed his work from one that was mannered primarily in the style of Europe and the extraordinarily limiting Baroque influences of Cuba, at the time, to a completely new and unique style. Drawing on the radical heterogeneity and the ambivalence of power within the figurative tropes of women, the black world, and nature at work within French Modernism, Lam turned his work into a profound act of disruption. He subjected European...

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Ramon Alejandro, by Judy Castor

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Found Poets Rebuffed by mainstream publishing, a group of exile writers has been busy producing darkly astonishing accounts of life after Cuba BY JUDY CANTOR mirrors reflect the light defeated of a beautiful dusk that, in its falling descended to the most plebeian of topics. Fluvial city of the south of Florida facing Havana, rose of the tropics, you raise your telescopic stained-glass eyes: obscure bonanza darkly forewarned. Guided by stolid gulf stream currents the river mouth he ignored, the outlet overshot, and passed under steely bridges -- all raised to make the tallest talk -- that have seen a thousand...

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Raul Anguiano, by Beatriz Vidal

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Raúl Anguiano: A world in perpetual movementBy Beatriz Vidal * Raúl Anguiano was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, on February 26th, 1915. He started drawing cubist pictures at the age of 5, taking as his first models movie stars, as Mary Pickford, Pola Negri and Charlie Chaplin. Anguiano recalls that his first artistic influence or aesthetic emotion came from the Holy Family by Rafael Sanzio. At the age of 12, Anguiano attended Guadalajara's Free School of Painting under the tuition of Ixca Farias. From 1928 to 1933, he studied with the Master painter José Vizcarra, the disciple of Santiago Rebull and...

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