Wifredo Lam and the International Avant-Garde, 1923-1982

Wifredo Lam and the International Avant-Garde, 1923-1982

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by Lowery Stokes Sims, Wifredo Lam
     
 

ISBN-10: 0292777507

ISBN-13: 9780292777507

Pub. Date: 06/28/2002

Publisher: University of Texas Press

With its signature style that marries Cubism and Surrealism with Afro-Cuban and Caribbean motifs, the art of Wifredo Lam occupies a unique position in the history of modern art. Like many modern artists, specifically Pablo Picasso, Lam participated in the primitivist movement, drawing inspiration and imagery from non-western, pre-technological cultures. Yet, unlike

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With its signature style that marries Cubism and Surrealism with Afro-Cuban and Caribbean motifs, the art of Wifredo Lam occupies a unique position in the history of modern art. Like many modern artists, specifically Pablo Picasso, Lam participated in the primitivist movement, drawing inspiration and imagery from non-western, pre-technological cultures. Yet, unlike European and Euroamerican primitivists, Lam, who was a Cuban of Spanish, African, and Chinese descent, was engaging with his own cultural heritage in his works. His authenticity as both "primitive" and "primitivist" challenges the fundamental tenets of primitivism and makes Lam an ambiguous, fascinating figure in twentieth-century art.

This wide-ranging study explores Lam's enduring contribution to world art history—the reclamation and projection of an African identity within mainstream art. Lowery Stokes Sims surveys Lam's work, focusing on the period from 1947 onwards, in which he demonstrated the viability of nationalist pursuits within modernism to a new generation of artists. She traces his career and life and the critical reception of his work in Cuba and Latin America, the United States, and Europe as each locale predominated in his career.

This masterly assessment of Lam's later work demonstrates the evolution of primitivist concepts in modern art from the specifically ethnographic to the more psychic and existential. What emerges from Lam's story is the fate of Surrealism in the postwar era as it permutated into international artistic movements such as the CoBrA, the Group Phases, and the International Situationists.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292777507
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Series:
Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
311
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. The "Primitive" within "Primitivism": Lam's Encounter with the School of Paris
2. Mediating the Sacred and the Profane: Lam's Cuban Work in the 1940s
3. Myth and Totemism: Lam and the New York School, 1942-1952
4. Surrealism after World War II: Lam in Europe, 1947-1960
5. "Lo Maravilloso" and the Antillean Ethos: Lam in Cuba and Latin America, 1946-1960
6. The Demise of Surrealism: Lam and the U.S. Art Scene, 1950-1980
7. The Artist in the Revolution: Lam in Cuba, 1960-1982
8. A Shaman for Modern Times: Lam in Europe, 1960-1982
9. New Means and New Media: Lam's Late Work, 1970-1982
10. The "Deft Juggler of Cultural Modes": Lam in the Postmodern Context
11. Toward a New Art History: Lam Scholarship in the Twenty-first Century
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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A real good book I love IT from a Cuban-American Fine-Artist, Is a book for any one to now our Fine Arts. Corie G Rodriguez Hialeah, Fl.USA