RAUL MARTINEZ "El maestro" - View Gallery
December 4, 2014 - January 24, 2015
RAUL MARTINEZ was one of Cuba's greatest artists, known by all as "El maestro," for his role as teacher and for his mastery of so many artistic mediums. Our 2015 Art Calendar is dedicated to his works and in that calendar you will find both a critical essay and a biographical essay by Corina Matamoros, curator of contemporary art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Havana. Corina is also the author of a gorgeous hardcover book about Raul, which will be on sale throughout the exhibit.
Raul Martinez was a photographer, a painter, a printmaker, a mixed media artist who did collages, a graphic designer who did movie posters and book jackets. He did gorgeous abstracts and terrific pop art. His photographs were sublime. He designed textiles. You will see some of all of these in an exhibit made up, mostly, of the Center's collection and my own, as well as works borrowed from the Shelley & Donald Rubin Private Collection.
At the opening reception, we will exhibit for the first time publicly a filmed interview I did with Raul on the eve of the first Havana Biennial in 1984. The interview is in English, and it was filmed by the fine cinematographer Mario Garcia Joya (Mayito). We look forward to seeing you here.
RAUL MARTINEZ: la gran familia by Corina Matamoros - ORDER NOW!
A beautiful coffee-table book about one of Cuba's most important artists!
Corina Matamoros worked on this artistic biography of Raul Martinez for almost ten years, inspired by her early work on a Martinez retrospective at the Museum. Martinez, an early friend of the Center for Cuban Studies- indeed, he designed the Center's first brochure in 1973-died in 1995, and Matamoros' book is the first serious study published on his amazing art.
GRAPHIC DESIGN POSTCARDS - ORDER NOW!
The Center for Cuban Studies Cuban Art Space in collaboration with the Club de Amigos del Cartel in Havana has published 32 new reproductions of Cuban graphic design.
Among the designers in our collection: Eduardo Marin, Pepe Menendez, Nelson Ponce, Fabian Munoz, Michele Miyares, Carlos Zamora and many others.