Wifredo Lam and
The Cuban Avant-Garde:
Fifty Years of Art.

Opening Reception,
May 3, 7-10 p.m.

Cernuda Arte
3155 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, Fl 33134
305 461 1050

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Wifredo Lam, Femme Masquée, Masked Woman, 1973, oil on canvas, 17 ¾ x 13 ¾ in.

Wifredo Lam, Femme Masquée, Masked Woman, 1973, oil on canvas, 17 ¾ x 13 ¾ in

Cernuda Arte, the Coral Gables-based Cuban and Latin American art gallery, is proud to present a remarkable exhibition of iconic modern masters.The public is invited to walk through and view the magnificent art on the walls – learn and enjoy. The show will be on view from May 3 to June 24, 2013.

We take this opportunity to praise the Miami Art Museum (MAM) for showing in their current exhibition, a great selection of works from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection that feature many of the grand masters of the Cuban avant-garde, such as: Wifredo Lam, Amelia Peláez, Carlos Enríquez, Cundo Bermúdez, René Portocarrero, and others.

WIFREDO LAM AND THE CUBAN AVANT-GARDE: FIFTY YEARS OF ART. A visual feast on the gallery’s first-floor salons. The show includes an array of more than fifty superb examples of works by the following revered masters: Wifredo Lam, Víctor Manuel, Abela, Carlos Enríquez, Amelia Peláez, Carreño, Portocarrero, Ponce, Escobedo, Cundo, Mariano, Luis Martínez Pedro, Gattorno, Arístides Fernández Vázquez, Arche, Ravenet, Diago, Milián, Felipe Orlando, José Mijares.

René Portocarrero, Paisaje de La Habana, (Landscape of Havana), 1961, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 1/4 in

René Portocarrero, Paisaje de La Habana, (Landscape of Havana), 1961, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 1/4 in

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:

There’s something to be said about authenticity. Particularly in the field of modern art. And this is precisely what this show reveals –the outstanding force and genius of the ones that made a strong mark –not only upon Cuban art – but upon the art of the world as well.

By the late 1920s, the avant-garde movement on the island had rejected academic conventions and had enthusiastically embraced 20th century European modernism. The artists involved pursued depth and diversity – and most of them felt they belonged to an art scene much more open and global.

Cundo Bermúdez, Rey y Reina, (King and Queen), 1969, mixed media on paper laid down on board, 51 x 35 3/4 in

Cundo Bermúdez, Rey y Reina, (King and Queen), 1969, mixed media on paper laid down on board, 51 x 35 3/4 in

In their formative years, many of these talented individuals had lived in Paris –the modern art mecca –where they studied and delved into the currents of surrealism, cubism, fauvism and primitivism. They were unafraid to engage their cultural baggage with novel expressions. They all had a fervent vocation, and it is accurate to say that, they were the provocateurs of their era.

And so it happened that, with their pictorial vocabulary and spellbinding palette, this group of artists attracted the attention of art critics, art dealers, art enthusiasts, philanthropists, intellectuals, and basically, la crème de la crème of the artworld. Renowned personalities such as, the Rockefeller family, Alfred Barr Jr., Pierre Matisse, Peggy Guggenheim, Julian Levy, Ernest Hemingway, Edward Allen Jewell, Emily Genauer (to name a few), celebrated, encouraged and promoted their virtuosity.

Víctor Manuel García, Parque en La Habana, (Park in Havana), ca. 1940, oil on canvas, 24 1/2 x 20 in

Víctor Manuel García, Parque en La Habana, (Park in Havana), ca. 1940, oil on canvas, 24 1/2 x 20 in

It is important to know and emphasize that, most of these highly talented individuals – starring in this gallery show today – exhibited their work with other international modernists from Europe, the United States and Latin America. Wifredo Lam had already exhibited in Spain and France in the late 1920s & 30s. He then was invited by Picasso to exhibit with him in New York at Perls Galleries in 1939. In 1941, Amelia Peláez had a one-person exhibition at Norte Gallery in Manhattan. Later in 1942, Lam had a solo show in New York at the Pierre Matisse gallery. And there were many more important museum shows that propelled their careers and placed these artist’s names in the international map. Among the most significant: the 1939 Latin American Exhibition of Fine Art and Applied Art at the Riverside Museum; the 1943 International Watercolor Exhibition Biennial at the Brooklyn Museum; the 1943 Latin American Collection at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the noted 1944 Modern Cuban Painters which was exhibited at twelve USA venues, from the East coast to the West. , including the San Francisco Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Seattle Art Museum and the J.B. Speed Museum of Art, Louisville, Kentucky.


About Cernuda Arte

Cernuda Arte showcases the works of the Colonial, Early Republic, Vanguardia, and Modern master painters, as well as the latest production of contemporary artists of unquestionable talent. The complete spectrum of Cuban art has been, for more than twenty-five years, our field of expertise and with pleasure it will continue to be so. We offer you the accumulation of our experience backed by our integrity and honesty. We buy, sell, certify, and appraise Cuban art.

 


3155 Ponce de Leon Boulevard.
Coral Gables, Fl 33134
305 461 1050
cernudaarte.com