Last month, Lázaro Saavedra was honored with the 2014 Cuban National Award for Visual Art. In a conversation with Lianet Hernández, he looks back on his career, the role of humor in his art, his love of paradox, and what it feels like to hit 50.
The artists who came of age before the vanguardia movement are among the least well known in Cuban art history. Art historian and conservator Dayamí Cabrera González introduces us to a central member of this “lost generation,” the artist Ramón Loy.
In the past few weeks, we’ve taken a close look at Cuban art in the 1940s, through Alejandro Anreus’s article on the 1944 MoMA exhibition Modern Cuban Painters and José Ramón Alonso Lorea’s article on Maria Luisa Gómez Mena and her Galería del Prado. Now, Alonso Lorea zeroes in on Gómez Mena’s role in the MoMA exhibition and the influential book that accompanied it.