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Handmade in CubaRolando Estévez and the Beautiful Books of Ediciones Vigía$
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Ruth Behar, Juanamaría Cordones-Cook, and Kristin Schwain

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781683401520

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683401520.001.0001

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The Brilliant Poverty of Vigía

The Brilliant Poverty of Vigía

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Handmade in Cuba

Carina Pino Santos

, David Frye
University Press of Florida

There was a radical change in cultural policy following the Cuban Revolution. The founding of Imprenta Nacional and the National School of Art were attempts to make the arts accessible to as many people as possible, not for profit but for political and cultural purposes. Ediciones Vigía inherited this revolutionary agenda when the press was established a quarter of a century later, along with the aspirations of global, hemispheric, and national movements—including notably Arte Povera, publishing collectives, and the New Art. The chapter examines three hallmarks of Vigía publications—their synthesis of literary and visual arts, graphic style, and expression of literary symbolism through natural and/or found materials—to explore the history of artists’ books in Cuba and develop a critical discourse for its continued study.

Keywords:   Artists’ books, Arte Povera, Cuban Revolution, Ediciones Vigía, Imprenta Nacional, New Art, Publishing collectives

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