Synopses & Reviews
The poster was the popular art form in Cuba following the Cuban Revolution, when the government sponsored some 10,000 public posters on a fascinating range of cultural, social, and political themes. ¡Revolución!, produced with unprecedented access to Cuban national archives, assembles nearly 150 of these powerful but little-seen works of popular art. From the 1960s through the 1980s, the posters rallied the Cuban people to the huge task of building a new society, promoting massive sugar harvests and national literacy campaigns; opposing the U.S. war in Vietnam; celebrating films, music, dance, and baseball with a unique graphic wit and exuberant colorful style. With an introduction illuminating the rich social and artistic history of the posters, and rare biographical information on the artists themselves, this striking volume offers a window into the story of Cuba and a truly revolutionary chapter in graphic design.
As a Cuban immigrant, Cushing brings a personal commitment to Cuban poster art, which he has spent the last 20 years cataloging, preserving, and bringing to public attention. The author, who was given access to the Cuban national archives, has assembled here the largest collection available of Cuban poster art from the mid-1960s to 1980. The introduction captures the spirit of Cuban culture under Fidel Castro, where the golden age of poster art flourished with the help of government funding. Artists like Eduardo Bachs and Ren Mederos are just a few of the influential artists who developed stylistic signatures and reflected a focus on Cuban national pride and international solidarity against foreign domination. These posters are particularly poignant in content and visual impact. With more than 150 colorful illustrations on heavy bond paper, this beautifully designed book is divided into five chapters covering such topics as national pride, sports and health, and solidarity and revolution. It also contains a list of artists with page numbers, a valuable three-page bibliography, and an index by poster title. There is little else available on this fascinating topic; highly recommended for all collections.
David A. Berona, Univ. of New Hampshire Lib., Durham Library Journal
With an introduction illuminating the rich social and artistic history of the posters, and rare biographical information on the artists themselves, this striking volume offers a window into the story of Cuba--and a truly revolutionary chapter in graphic design. 150 color images.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 123-125) and index.
About the Author
Lincoln Cushing was born in Cuba to American parents before emigrating to the U.S. As a graphic designer and archivist, he has worked with the Cuban national library, the University of California at Berkeley, and other collections to preserve and catalog these amazing posters. He lives in Berkeley.