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Picturing CubaArt, Culture, and Identity on the Island and in the Diaspora$
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Jorge Duany

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400905

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400905.001.0001

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Theatricality in the Art of the Cuban Diaspora

Theatricality in the Art of the Cuban Diaspora

The Progression of Tropes

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Picturing Cuba

Ricardo Pau-Llosa

University Press of Florida

Art critic and collector Ricardo Pau-Llosa proposes that certain “tropes of identity”—common metaphors inherited from previous generations of modern Cuban artists—continue to shape the work of contemporary Cuban-American artists. Pau-Llosa underlines the trope of theatricality as a form of representing “the poetics of shelter (from time, history, persecution, and other forces).” The early work in exile of Mario Carreño and Cundo Bermúdez launched a diasporic sensibility in Cuban art that still resonates in the more recent work of Emilio Sánchez, María Brito, and José Bedia. From this perspective, theatricality ties together several generations of Cuban modern artists and those who left the island after 1959.

Keywords:   Modern artists, Cuban artists, Cuban-American artists, Exile, Mario Carreño, Cundo Bermúdez, Emilio Sánchez, María Brito, José Bedia

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