About the Book
Cuba Avant-Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from The Farber Collection (University of Florida, 2007) presents 59 works from the Collection, dating from the 1980s onward. It was produced as a companion volume to an exhibition of the same title, which toured American museums through 2010.
Among the 40 Cuban-born artists represented in the book are many internationally renowned figures, such as José Bedia, Antonio Fernandez (Tonel), Los Carpinteros, Tania Bruguera, Carlos Garaicoa, Alexis Leyva (Kcho), Luis Cruz Azaceta, and Tomás Sánchez. Approximately half of the artists currently reside in Cuba, while the other half reside outside Cuba in countries such as Spain, Mexico, and the United States.
The artworks in the book encompass a broad range of media, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and mixed-media installations. The accompanying bilingual text includes essays by Kerry Oliver-Smith, curator of the exhibition "Cuba Avant-Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from The Farber Collection," and Abelardo Mena, curator of The Farber Collection. Also included are essays by Magda González-Mora, a founder of the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center, Havana and an independent curator based in Havana and Toronto.