Madrid: Ediciones Vanguardia Cubana, 2012. color & b/w plates, facs., ports., bibliographical references (p. 205-209), bio/chron, color pict. boards. (printing error : English version of Chapter Five is missing, as it has no text, only images). Item #100283
The structure of the book follows the pattern of the life experiences of painter, designer, photographer, muralist, and graphic artist Raul Martínez (b. Cuba 1927-1995) and how personal, political and aesthetic conditions defined his artistic production. Chief curator Corina Matamoros presents a comprehensive study where she establishes the connections of the constantly evolving artistic trajectory of Martinez, recalling through her personal observations the stages of doubts and ruptures his work underwent. A pioneer of the pop art movement in Cuba, as well as the political influences of Cuban Revolutionary art, Martinez' artistic trajectory spanned from Abstract Expressionism, to the later collages of historical and militaristic figures. Martinez' also had ties to the advertising agency OPTLA, and later to OSPAAAL (Organization in Solidarity with the People of Africa, Asia, and Latin America), and Casa de las Americas. "For the research done for this book, the author had exceptional access to the artist's personal archives, negatives and his personal collection. The wonderful collection of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana was the other main source of this study."--Verso cover. Includes a preface by Martinez' life-partner, Abelardo Estorino, a prominent playwright and poet in Cuba. Contents: Prólogo. El latido del hombre que conozco / Abelardo Estonio - Introducción. Raúl Martínez, un hombre contemporáneo -- Capítulo Uno. Cómo, cuándo y por qué ser abstracto -- Capítulo Dos. La historia viva: lo popular y lo Pop -- Capítulo Tres. Nosotros -- Capítulo Cuatro. En la mesa de trabajo: secretos del métier -- Capítulo Cinco. Siempre Martí -- Capítulo Seis. Critica de la crítica -- Post Scriptum. La calle -- Documentación. Cronología del artista -- Cronología de exposiciones - Bibliografía -- Preface. The heartbeat of the man I know / Abelardo Estonian -- Introduction. Raul Martinez, a contemporary man -- Chapter One. How, when, and why to be abstractionist -- Chapter Two. Living history : Art of the People and Pop-Art -- Chapter Tree. Ourselves -- Chapter Four. At the work table: secrets of the métier -- Chapter Six. Critique of criticism -- Postscript. Calle -- Documentation. Chronology -- Sobre la Autora -- About the Author. ENGLISH AND SPANISH TEXT.