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Abigail McEwen is associate professor of Latin American art at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, in 2010, and joined the faculty at the University of Maryland that year. She is an affiliated faculty member of the Latin American Studies Center. McEwen's own book, Revolutionary Horizons: Art and Polemics in 1950s Cuba, is forthcoming in 2016 from Yale University Press.In 1957, artist, poet, and art critic Pedro de Ora cofounded the Galer a Color-Luz in Havana with his partner and fellow artist Lol Soldevilla. The gallery served as an important center for the development of abstract art in Cuba. In 2015, in recognition of his prolific career, de Oraa was awarded Cuba's Premio Nacional de Artes Pl sticas.Susanna Temkin is assistant curator at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, New York. She earned her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where her research focused on modern art in the Americas. Her doctoral dissertation centered on Marcelo Pogolotti, a key figure from the first generation of modern artists in Cuba and a participant in the international avant-garde.Lucas Zwirner is editorial director at David Zwirner Books, where he recently began the ekphrasis series, dedicated to publishing short texts on visual culture by artists and writers, rarely available in English. He has also written on numerous contemporary artists and translated books from German and French.

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[A] hundred-plus pages of high-quality color plates... the first such chronology published in English... a valuable resource.--Dana Hart "Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art "
[The] richness in the catalog lies in the hundred-plus pages of high quality color plates...and the illustrated chronology by Susanna Temkin, Assistant Curator at the Americas Society and Council of the Arts. Temkin has laid out a chronology of Cuban Concrete art from 1939 to 1963, and includes biographies on twelve artists from the movement. This is the first such chronology published in English, and is a valuable resource.--Dana Hart "ARLIS/NA Reviews "
Interest in Cuban art will continue to grow, and Concrete Cuba's illustrations and chronology will be essential to art historians and curators in the coming years.--Dana Hart "ARLIS/NA Reviews "
Highlights were Sand Dari 's playful sculpture and painting; his works' subdued palette felt distinctively local, the deep browns, auburns, and yellows conveying a rich, earthy materiality.--Grace Wales Bonner "Artforum, Best of 2016 "

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