In this age of e-books and mobile media, of pages on screens and images in malleable pixels, this book is the antithesis of all that. A gorgeous, weighty volume with gleaming reproductions and bilingual columns of text, it is a reminder of the sensory pleasures books can inspire. But this book appeals beyond the aesthetic. As a history, archive, and catalogue of Cuba's forgotten Grupo Antillano, it is also a necessary intervention in the political and cultural histories of race in the Americas. The Grupo Antillano was an art collective comprised of Cuban artists who exhibited their work between the years of 1978 and 1982. Led by the sculptor and printmaker Rafael Queneditt Morales, this loosely organized group of visual artists understood themselves to be revaluing the disparaged legacies of afrocubanismo and negritude. Their art posited an ongoing African presence in Cuban...
Alejandra Bronfman; Grupo Antillano: The Art of Afro-Cuba. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 May 2014; 94 (2): 337–338. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-2641478
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