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Wifredo Lam (1902-1982)

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A long time overdue and i really do not know why i missed this artist , because if there is one artist from that region i have been following  as long as i have an interest in art it is Wifredo Lam. Full name : Wifredo Oscar de la Concepción Lam y Castilla
It is his compositions filled with abstract almost religious like figures that strcuk me from the beginning. It is a little the same i experience with the painting by Basquiat . Both invented their own art language and filled their paintings with these abstract heads and figures . There is almost half a century between both artists but their paintings have this art language in common and both are favorist of mine. I am not the only one…. Ickecked this on the internet and found an excellent article on the same comparison at: https://medium.com/@lexxbeknown/root-of-self-portraits-basquiat-meets-lam-698ab830deeb

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The reason i finally checked if i ever had written someting on Wifredo Lam is that i just listed one of his important publications. It is the Derrier le Miroir edition no. 52 from 1953, which is now have available in excellent collectable condition. This beside some other Wifredo Lam publications will show the best way why i consider Lam to be one of the greatest from last century.

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Raul Cordero (1971)

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Raul Cordero was born in Cuba in 1971 and influenced by the Americam Conceptual artist like Nauman and Baldessari. There are not many Cuban artist that rose to fame in the Western world but Cordero together with Wifredo Lam ( Blog next month) is definitely one of them and of course there is a relation between the Netherlands and Cordero too, because he studied at the Rijksakademie.

The publications are rare and very hard to find , but i was fortunate to find probably the most important book on his works until this date . The book was published on the occasion of the Cordero exhibition held in Salamanca (Spain) on his works from 1996-2002. The book is rare and those booksellers that have a copy ask high prices for it. Check for my price at http://www.ftn-books.com, where this title is now available too.

His art education started in Havana (Academia San Alejandro and Instituto Superior de Diseño) and as said his influences mix an interest in conceptual American artists such as John Baldessari, Bruce Nauman or Chris Burden -who later informed his conceptual training- together with elements of the 12th century’s Flemish painting tradition, acquired during his postgraduate formation in the Netherlands (Graphic Media Development Centre and Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten). Cordero has held visiting professorships at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havana, Cuba; The San Francisco Art Institute, California and The Art Academy of Cincinnati, in Ohio, U.S.A.

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Maeght edition…Derriere le Miroir

Starting in 1946 ( December) and ending in 1982 with number 250. This publication was published by Maeght on an almost regular basis of 5 publications each year. Many great artists have made contributions to this famous magazine and what is best, these contributions were in almost all cases original works of art.

Original lithographs were publiohed on one or 2 pages  in each publications and in most of the sases there were more than 2 lithographs included. Thre is even a famous publications on Miro with over 20 originals within.

What made it affordable is the edition size which were far more than regular art editions by Maeght, but because these lithographs were not signed they were “original’ cheap works of art. ~Many great artists like Chagall, Chillida, Giacometti and Miro made special editions within the series.

My personal favorit…Wifredo Lam

 

This series is collectable and affordable and whenever you see a copy in which you are interested make sure that it is complete, because many of the editions did not survive as complete copies because these were torn down and sold separately.

Look for some nice ones

at www.ftn-books.com and search for “Derriere”