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 20th-century anthropology. Field work conducted in Cuba, including the witnessing of actual Afro-Cuban religious ritual ceremonies and information collected from informants, enhances the interpretive background against which we can construe the meanings of Lam's 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
Claude Cernuschi is Professor of Art History at Boston College, USA.