Agustin Fernandez

Agustin Fernandez

By: Susan Aberth (author)Hardback

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As a painter I use a realist technique, but the emblems I invent are not real. They are purely imaginative...Painting is a thing of the mind. My realism is not nature, or landscape, or still life, but the psychological world. At the time of his death in 2006, Agustin Fernandez ranked among Cuba's most outstanding and inimitable artists. Defying simple categorisation, today his work is most recognisable for its ambiguous and precariously balanced forms, erotic overtones, surreal juxtapositions and metallic palette. Fernandez' work has been extensively exhibited throughout Europe, the United States and Latin America, participating, in the course of his career, in over 100 group shows, exhibiting with artists such as Victor Brauner, Hans Bellmer, Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Gego, Wifredo Lam, Robert Mapplethorpe, Roberto Matta, Carlos Merida, Francis Picabia and Yves Tanguy. Fernandez' art is represented in almost 30 museums worldwide, with 11 works currently in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Fernandez also found a popular audience when one of his large paintings was featured in the 1980 Brian de Palma film, Dressed to Kill.

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Donald Kuspit is an art critic and professor of art history and philosophy. He is a contributing editor at Artforum, Sculpture, and New Art Examiner magazines, the editor of Art Criticism, and the editor of a series on American Art and Art Criticism for Cambridge University Press. He is the author of numerous articles, exhibition reviews, and catalogue essays, as well as more than twenty books. Susan Aberth is an Associate Professor of Art History, she specialises in Latin American Art History with a particular focus on Surrealism. Additional specialties are in African and Islamic Art. The English edition of her book, Leonora Carrington: Surrealism, Alchemy and Art, was published by Lund Humphries of London in 2004 and the Spanish edition by Turner, Madrid, the same year. Rocio Aranda Alvarado is Curator at El Museo del Barrio where she is currently working on the exhibition Caribbean: Crossroads of the World. She specialises in contemporary art and the modern and contemporary art of the Americas. She has been a guest speaker at a number of museums, including the Smithsonian Institution. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including catalogue essays for the Museum of Modern Art and El Museo del Barrio. Abby McEwen is Assistant Professor of Latin American Art. She specialises in modern Latin American art, with particular research interests in the arts of twentieth century Cuba, geometric abstraction and conceptualism generally and transnational exchange within the Americas. She is currently at work on a book that examines the ways in which Havana s avant garde redefined art s relation to power during the 1950s and early 60s.

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  • ISBN13: 9788874396306
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 259
  • ID: 9788874396306
  • weight: 2412
  • ISBN10: 8874396309

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