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Cuban art critic Gerardo Mosquera introduces the exhibition Volumen Uno, presented in 1981 – an exhibition which he describes as a show open to the future of art “which lacks a unified them or style. It is, simply, the presentation of several significant works within the most recent work of various young artist, a sample of their creative labor.” He establishes that the show has an informal character to it, and that the spirit, energy and open optimism of the artists is a welcome aspect to the Cuban art scene.
This essay comes from the critical art anthology, “Déjame que te cuente. Antología de la crítica en los 80,” and like other works in this anthology, published in 2002, Mosquera continues to establish himself as a critical voice in the Latin American art world.
[The other essays in the anthology are accessible through the ICAA digital archive: “Los catorce hijos de Guillermo Tell” (doc. no. 1278745), “Nuevos artistas” (doc. no. 1278713), “Renovación en los años ochenta” (doc. no. 1278455), and “Seis nuevos pintores” (doc. no. 1278682)].
Gerardo Mosquera (b. 1945) is a Cuban curator, critic, and art historian whose work explores debates about art circulation and production in a globalized world. One of the original organizers of the first Havana Biennial in 1984, he also served as adjunct curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art from 1995 to 2009. He has published widely on modern and contemporary Latin American art and organized major museum exhibitions on topics, including Crisisss Latin America, Art and Confrontation, 1910–2010 at the Palacio de Bellas Artes and ExTeresa Arte Actual, Mexico City in 2011, and ¡Afuera! Arte en espacios públicos in Córdoba, Argentina in 2010.