The Rodríguez Collection of Cuban Artists
Dedicated to preserving the history and significance of Cuban art, the Rodríguez Collection showcases the work of 40 artists who have established the key tenets of a visual language with global implications that reach beyond the island and its diaspora. Their work spans over 50 years and includes a diversity of styles and media. The artists represent more than a Cuban identity as they come to be recognized in international venues as an affirmation of the island’s long tradition of creativity, academic and technical excellence, even under the worst of circumstances. Cuban artists, on and off the island, from the Vanguardia of the early twentieth century who established a new course of modernism for the country, to the most outstanding artists of the present day, have become part of the Rodríguez Collection and this book serves as official documentation of an artistic and cultural journey revealed through works of art. The Collection is also more than just a selection chosen by a single person, it reflects the community in which so many of the artists now live and work, and a venue for discourse and sharing that continuously develops its curatorial concepts to introduce new ideas, artists and works of art, and bridge the gaps of time and place. Across Time: Cuban Artists from vanguardist to contemporaries promises to be just the beginning of an ever-expanding gathering of art, artists and information critical to understanding and sustaining the artistic trajectory that represents the best of Cuba.
Carol Damian, Ph.D.