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Denise Lugo, in this foreword to the exhibition catalogue Paul Sierra: A Cultural Corridor, discusses what she calls “Latinismo,” which she explains as “the diverse American Latino aesthetic sensibility,” and its relationship to American art. She argues that American art in 1998 was going through a cultural awakening. In the past, she says, Latino art has not been given due credit for its contribution to the American art historical canon. According to her, scholars can no longer ignore the differences between the European and Pre-Columbian aesthetics that have informed the art produced by Latino artists. Lugo reflects on how Paul Sierra's exhibition is an example of the significant contribution Latinismo artists are making to American art today. By marrying the language, culture, and style of his Cuban roots with that of his adopted U.S. homeland, Sierra is part of the genesis of a new art in this country. Lugo also makes the point that it is necessary to separate American Latino art from Latin American art.
This essay by Denise Lugo, who was director of the Latino Museum of History, Art, and Culture in Los Angeles, appeared in a catalogue on Paul Sierra’s work published by this institution for the exhibition Paul Sierra: A Cultural Corridor in 1998. Sierra was born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to Chicago with his family in 1961, where he attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and where he currently resides. The artist has exhibited extensively and his paintings are in the permanent collections of major museums in the USA, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Snite Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, among others.