|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 â€“ 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. PÃ©rez Collection that feature many of the grand masters of the Cuban avant-garde, such as: Wifredo Lam, Amelia PelÃ¡ez, Carlos EnrÃquez, Cundo BermÃºdez, RenÃ© Portocarrero, and others.
WIFREDO LAM AND THE CUBAN AVANT-GARDE: FIFTY YEARS OF ART.Â A visual feast on the galleryâ€™s first-floor salons. The show includes an array of more than fifty superb examples of works by the following revered masters: Wifredo Lam, VÃctor Manuel, Abela, Carlos EnrÃquez, Amelia PelÃ¡ez, CarreÃ±o, Portocarrero, Ponce, Escobedo, Cundo, Mariano, Luis MartÃnez Pedro, Gattorno, ArÃstides FernÃ¡ndez VÃ¡zquez, Arche, Ravenet, Diago, MiliÃ¡n, Felipe Orlando, JosÃ© Mijares.
RenÃ© Portocarrero, Paisaje de La Habana, (Landscape of Havana), 1961, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 1/4 in
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
Thereâ€™s something to be said about authenticity. Particularly in the field of modern art. And this is precisely what this show reveals â€“the outstanding force and genius of the ones that made a strong mark â€“not only upon Cuban art â€“ 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 â€“ and most of them felt they belonged to an art scene much more open and global.
Cundo BermÃºdez, 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 â€“the modern art mecca â€“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 theÂ provocateursÂ 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 crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨meÂ 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.
VÃctor Manuel GarcÃa, 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 â€“ starring in this gallery show today â€“ 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 PelÃ¡ez 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 artistâ€™s names in the international map. Among the most significant: the 1939Â Latin American Exhibition of Fine Art and Applied ArtÂ at the Riverside Museum; the 1943Â International Watercolor Exhibition BiennialÂ at the Brooklyn Museum; the 1943Â Latin American CollectionÂ at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the notedÂ 1944 Modern Cuban PaintersÂ 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.