Race, Anthropology, and Politics in the Work of Wifredo Lam: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Race, Anthropology, and Politics in the Work of Wifredo Lam

1st Edition

By Claude Cernuschi

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264 pages | 15 Color Illus. | 63 B/W Illus.

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Description

This book reinterprets Wifredo Lam’s work with particular attention to its political implications, focusing on how these implications emerge from the artist’s critical engagement with twentieth century anthropology. It also reinvestigates the artist’s relationship to key figures in the history of modern art, including Picasso, André Breton and Michel Leiris, and Jackson Pollock. Field work conducted in Cuba, including the witnessing of actual Afro-Cuban religious ritual ceremonies and information collected from informants, supplies the interpretive background against which Lam construed the meanings of his art. In the process, Claude Cernuschi argues that Lam hoped to fashion a new hybrid style to foster pride and dignity in the Afro-Cuban community, as well as counteract the acute racism of Cuban culture.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Chapter I: Picasso; Chapter II: Surrealism;Chapter III: Abstract Expressionism; Chapter IV: The Lévy-Bruhl/Lévi-Strauss Debate; Chapter V: Detotalization, Retotalization, and Atemporality; Chapter VI: Négritude; Chapter VII: Cuba

About the Author

Claude Cernuschi is a Professor of Art History at Boston College, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art and Race

Routledge Research in Art and Race is a new series focusing on race as examined by scholars working in the fields of art history and visual studies. Proposals for monographs and edited collections on this topic are welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART015000
ART / History / General
ART015100
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART037000
ART / Art & Politics
ART044000
ART / Caribbean & Latin American
ART050010
ART / Subjects & Themes / Human Figure
ART050030
ART / Subjects & Themes / Plants & Animals
HIS041010
HISTORY / Caribbean & West Indies / Cuba
POL045000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
SOC002000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOC054000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Slavery
SOC056000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Black Studies (Global)